These days, Alec Baldwin is best known for his impression of President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and as Jack Donaghy from “30 Rock,” but he’s been in the game for a long time. In the ’80s and ’90s, he was a hot commodity in Hollywood and a heartthrob.
He’s also always been a controversial celebrity, having had some unfortunate moments over the years. He had a nasty and highly publicized divorce from actress Kim Basinger in 2001, which resulted in a custody battle over their daughter, Ireland.
In 2007, a vulgar voicemail Baldwin left his daughter leaked and damaged his reputation even further.
In Baldwin’s new memoir “Nevertheless,” which came out on Tuesday, the actor opens up about another conflict he faced in the Hollywood spotlight: his decades-old feud with Harrison Ford.
Baldwin played Jack Ryan in 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October.” But Harrison Ford was cast as Jack Ryan in the 1992 sequel, “Patriot Games,” and it was all done behind Baldwin’s back, the star claims.
According to Baldwin, director John McTiernan asked Harrison Ford if he was aware that Paramount was still negotiating with Baldwin to return as Jack Ryan in the sequel.
“Ford’s reply, according to John, was ‘F–k him,’” Baldwin wrote.
Baldwin also writes, not too kindly, of later meeting Ford at a benefit: “Ford, in person, is a little man, short, scrawny, and wiry, whose soft voice sounds as if it’s coming from behind a door.”
But Baldwin does spread some love around in the new book, too. He opens up about his relationship with Tina Fey, his costar on “30 Rock,” which ran for seven seasons from 2006 to 2013.
“When I first met Tina Fey — beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say — I had the same reaction that I’m sure many men and women have: I fell in love,” he wrote.
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