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Hollywood Politics: Alec Baldwin Studies for Mayor, Michael Moore Backs Matt Damon for President

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood August 10, 2011 at 4:57AM

“Alec Baldwin is not running for mayor of New York—yet,” reports the NYT. The politically ambitious actor plans to finish his role on critically acclaimed 30 Rock and then enroll in a master’s program in politics and government to learn more about what the job entails. He says that despite his fame, he still has a blue-collar mindset: "There are people who make a lot of money who become rich people, and then there are people who make a lot of money, but they don’t think like rich people do. No matter how much money they have, they are the same from their own upbringing. I would definitely put myself in the latter class."
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“Alec Baldwin is not running for mayor of New York—yet,” reports the NYT. The politically ambitious actor plans to finish his role on critically acclaimed 30 Rock and then enroll in a master’s program in politics and government to learn more about what the job entails. He says that despite his fame, he still has a blue-collar mindset:


"There are people who make a lot of money who become rich people, and then there are people who make a lot of money, but they don’t think like rich people do. No matter how much money they have, they are the same from their own upbringing. I would definitely put myself in the latter class."

Meanwhile, political documentarian Michael Moore suggests that Matt Damon should run for presidential office:

I think that he has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by saying the things that need to be said.

Moore suggested Damon as a presidential candidate during a discussion hosted by the progressive news-site FireDogLake. Damon and Moore hold similarly liberal views (see hilarious TMZ video below). Here's Moore's blog post 30 Years Ago: The Day the Middle Class Died. See Damon's self-mocking episode on Entourage--and we're throwing in the Jimmy Kimmel classic "I'm Fucking Matt Damon."

This article is related to: Directors, Headliners, Hollywood, Michael Moore, Matt Damon


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.