It’s been a busy day for Alec Baldwin! First, he went to City Hall to get a marriage license for himself and his foxy yoga teacher fiance, Hilaria Thomas. Then he smacked a photog from The New York Daily News around a bit. Then he went home and tweeted that actually, the guy had attacked him, and also that he deserves to be waterboarded. And the day’s not even over yet.
According to the Daily News, photographer Marcus Santos was just minding his own business, invading Alec Baldwin’s privacy when the “angry actor” (nice alliteration, guys) went after him like he was made out of tofu pups:
“He was looking mad,” said Santos. “He said, ‘Step back, step back.’ I said, ‘We’re moving back.’”
Baldwin then grabbed a second News photographer, Jefferson Siegel, and Santos told the “Rock of Ages” star to back off.
“I said, ‘Don’t touch him,’” the 42-year-old Santos said. “I knew he was going to attack me. I stepped back, and he kept coming.
He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin. And then he started shoving me, and pushing me. Then he goes the other way.”
As you might expect, the Daily News got some close up photos of the incident, my favorite one of which is this:
Alec Baldwin looks like a giant howler monkey ready to strike, and the pap looks like he’s about to shit his pants. BALDWIN SMASH!
Baldwin then went home and tweeted his side of the story, which was this:
Something tells me the truth lies somewhere in the middle, as images can tell a misleading tale when edited to do so. Still, I can’t help thinking this is most un-becoming behavior for someone who might someday run for mayor. I think Baldwin should take a lesson from his 30 Rock character and betray no emotional distress, then call his accountant and figure out a way to buy the NYDN and have all of his least favorite photographers fired.
Photo credit: Jefferson Siegel for the New York Daily News