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Move over, Shia LaBeouf: You’re not the only star in Hollywood who’s decided to retire from public life. In his new personal essay from New York Magazine, Alec Baldwin has announced that he, too, is done living his life in the public eye, and it all started from the paparazzi scandal earlier this year that labeled the 55-year-old actor a homophobe.

In the essay, Alec talks about making amends with the gay community by meeting with a gay-rights advocacy group in Honolulu to get involved with their efforts and to hear about how homophobic behavior has personally affected their lives. His goal? To understand how not to offend the LGBT community again, considering the fact that many of his closest friends and colleagues are gay.

Alec’s side of the famous incident with the paparazzi that got him fired from his MSNBC talk show? He threw out an insult, the first one that came to mind, at a paparazzi who hurt his wife in a previous encounter after he ambushed Alec as he was trying to get his family into a car. Not that much thought went into the insult, Alec insists — and, according to him, he definitely wasn’t trying to make a statement against homosexuals in that moment.

And now, thanks to that run-in (and many others), Alec is hanging up his hat. “I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media,” the former 30 Rock star said, “but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Ironically enough, Alec also details his experiences working with Shia on stage in the Broadway production of Orphans — and it didn’t go over too well. After Shia argued with him about Alec not knowing his lines too well, Alec offered to leave the production — but Shia was fired instead.

“He had that card, that card you get when you make films that make a lot of money that gives you a certain kind of entitlement,” Alec said. “I think he was surprised that it didn’t work in theater.”

Now, Alec and Shia find themselves in the same place — They Are Not Famous Anymore. Wonder if there’s enough room in that paper bag for two?

Source: New York Magazine via Vulture

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