And yet, even as the movie business makes it more difficult to generate the kind of material that Baldwin gravitates toward, that doesn't mean he still doesn't carefully consider his choices. Word emerged this summer that Baldwin hard turned down a role in a Marvel project, but as he tells us, it's not because he's above doing a tentpole or comic book movie.
“Disney people and Marvel people who came to me and asked if I wanted to do a project with them, and I would of played a supporting part in the film. And the answer was ‘Yes,’ I just couldn’t work it out schedule wise," he clarified. "I was perfectly willing to do it, I was very eager to do it." But sometimes, even if the prospective project—even if it's voiceover or video game work—looks promising, Baldwin also needs to feel fully comfortable taking it on. And he shared some intriguing gigs he ultimately decided not to do.
“[The makers of] ‘Grand Theft Auto’ came to me to do a voice of some mobster, many years ago, for ‘Grand Theft Auto 2.’ ... and they offered this incomprehensible amount of money for one day’s work. And they offered me a pile of money, this ridiculous amount of money to just come in a record this voice for one or two days," Baldwin said. "And I turned them down because [the character] was a cop killer. And I didn’t want to get near that [because] of my reputation; I have enough problems with the press as it is. I said no.”
And Baldwin also said no to a role that would've seen him berate Anne Hathaway night after night on stage. “Whether it’s movies or TV or anything in your career, there’s just things you don’t want to do, that just don’t feel right. [David] Mamet wanted me to do ‘Oleanna.’ I did this beautiful reading of ‘Oleanna’ for producers with Anne Hathaway. And Anne Hathaway was so great, I was stunned at how stageworthy she in the part, it just all seemed so right," Baldwin explained. "And when it was over, at the end of the play I’m stomping her behind a couch, and screaming the most ugly epithets. And I said, ‘I don’t really need to be stomping Anne Hathaway, America’s sweetheart, saying you this, you that and stomping her. I don’t really want to go there, I think it’s ill-advised right now.’ "
But still, like any artist, Baldwin continues to seek avenues to continue creating and working his craft, and is still driven to find those movies where everything comes together the way it should. “The greatest place to be is [with] great directors, great material, something worthy, something positive, something beautiful,” he said. We couldn't agree more.
"Seduced & Abandoned" is now playing on HBO. The Savannah Film Festival continues through November 2nd.