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Alec Baldwin Considered Suicide After Angry Voicemail Leaked

In a new interview, Alec Baldwin reveals that he thought about committing suicide after the leak of the private voicemail message in which he called his then-11-year-old daughter a "rude little pig."

Baldwin went on an angry tirade against his daughter, Ireland, in the message and said she needed to have her "ass straightened out" after she had "humiliated me for the last time."

"I was very serious," says Baldwin. "I spoke to a lot of professionals, who helped me. If I committed suicide, they (ex-wife Kim Basinger’s team) would have considered that a victory. Destroying me was their avowed goal."

Alec says he finally decided to straighten things out on 'The View' for one reason: Whoopi Goldberg.

"Whoopi Goldberg is a friend. I called her and said, 'Do you think I can get a fair shake?' Because when you talk about family law and parental alienation, there is this unfortunate gender-based dynamic. Could I walk into a show with a strong female audience?"

"Would they understand my point of view? I trusted Whoopi and Barbara Walters. Whoopi is an impeccably decent person, and I am grateful she gave me a forum."

He also talks about some of his favorite actors: Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mel Gibson and Johnny Depp.

"I look at Tom Cruise, who made films that called for him to be young, fit and charming, and that appeal made him a star. When Tom wanted to give a real performance, he made 'Magnolia'. It was like watching some alien that looked like Tom Cruise, because it was nothing you'd ever seen Tom do. That he was not given the Oscar that year for Magnolia was devastating to me."

"And I remember being around Leo DiCaprio in 'The Aviator' and thinking, God, how gifted this guy is. Mel is everything you want in a movie star, but there’s a layer underneath him. He has made great films in all genres. I don't know if the word is danger or pathos, but there's a complexity to Mel."

"There was always something boyish and puckish about Johnny Depp, but I'll never forget watching 'Sweeney Todd' and feeling profoundly impressed by his performance."

As for his career, Alec Baldwin says he'll gladly retire once his contract with '30 Rock' is up: "I'm done in 2012. In March 2012 I'll wake up and say, 'What am I going to do now? Am I done?' I think I will be done. I may finish a play or something, but I'm retiring at the wrap party."

June 17, 2009 |

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