I should preface this with a disclaimer stating once again that we try not to get into much of the celeb gossip here at Film Junk, but that said, sometimes you come across a story that is somewhat shocking and puts a particular actor in a new light. Only a few days after Richard Gere’s major faux-pas over in India (which may not have been as big of a deal as it seemed at the time), it looks like Alec Baldwin has a massive P.R. nightmare of his own to deal with (and just when I was getting excited about his new film Brooklyn Rules too). TMZ.com have obtained a copy of a cell phone message that Baldwin left for his 11 year old daughter Ireland on April 11th. Apparently he was scheduled to call her at a certain time, and when she failed to answer, he flipped out calling her a “thoughtless little pig” and vowing “you have insulted me for the last time” before threatening to get on a plane and come straighten her out.
There is speculation that the phone message was leaked by Kim Basinger, Baldwin’s ex-wife and Ireland’s mother, who has had an ongoing custody battle with him and was reportedly trying to turn his daughter against him. After this recording was presented to a judge, Baldwin’s visitation rights have been immediately suspended with a hearing scheduled for May 4th. You know, I’m not going to say Baldwin is completely in the wrong here… it certainly sounds like there’s quite a history behind this incident and I’m sure the message was more directed toward his ex-wife than his daughter. The one thing I took away from this whole story though, above all, is that being the kid of a celebrity must suck. You can listen to the entire phone message here for as long as it’s available.