Alec Baldwin says he turned down GTA role

30 Rock and The Departed actor says he was offered "incomprehensible amount of money," but said no because he was asked to play a "cop killer."

Despite being offered an "incomprehensible amount of money," 30 Rock and The Departed actor Alec Baldwin turned down a Grand Theft Auto voice work role because he did not want to damage his reputation, he told IndieWire in a new interview.

"[The makers of] Grand Theft Auto came to me to do a voice of some mobster, many years ago, for Grand Theft Auto 2," Baldwin said. "And they offered this incomprehensible amount of money for one day's work. And they offered me a pile of money, this ridiculous amount of money to just come in a record this voice for one or two days."

"And I turned them down because [the character] was a cop killer, he added. "And I didn't want to get near that [because] of my reputation; I have enough problems with the press as it is. I said no."

It is unclear which specific GTA2 character Baldwin turned down. A Rockstar Games representative was not immediately available to comment.

Baldwin is no stranger to voiceover, having performed roles in the Madagascar series, as well as Rise of the Guardians, among others. He also played himself on an episode of The Simpsons.

Past celebrities to work with Rockstar Games on GTA titles include Ray Liotta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Madsen, among others.

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173 comments
tightwad34
tightwad34

Kudos to him for not taking the money just because he could. But I still kind of scratch my head. I mean, doesn't he have serious anger management problems? I remember seeing some of his tweets or whatever where he was threatening to kill(or close to) people. If this was strictly for his reputation, then he could have made some better decisions after he turned GTA down.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

Ray Liotta was also surprised at the amount of money he was offered for GTA: Vice City and it has been said he admitted to doing it solely for the money.  Just how many zeros is Rockstar offering these people?

Paul2004
Paul2004

Anyone else think of Team America when they read the title ?

"You are worthless Alec Baldwin" song comes to mind for some reason lol.

isv666
isv666

I'm not sure a lot of people read the article.  He was offered a role for GTA 2, not GTA V.  There's a vast difference and many years between the two.  The GTA series was pretty niche until part 3 came out and blew it up.  Video games have also come a long, long way in terms of mainstream acceptance.  In the late 90's games were still that kind of "geeky" thing that wasn't really cool.  It isn't like now where if you have some hugely controversial game (see: GTA V), it's more accepted because it's a more mainstream form of entertainment now.  Back then, yeah, attaching your name to something where you run around causing mass chaos and killing innocent people and cops, it looked kind of bad.  To many people not interested in it, there was a big difference in an actor portraying a role in a movie and an actor lending his voice to a game where the player controls the killing.

Pedro
Pedro

The hating on the celebrities has become so generic. If you don't like the guy, why click on the article? If he is irrelevant while click on the article that shares his name?  Why do you care about something you supposedly don't care about? I love the internet. :)

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Yeah... he doesn't GTA to destroy his image, he does a good enough job of it himself. LOL

Riddick123
Riddick123

Mr. Baldwin does enough stupid tweets and makes enough jackass comments to ruin his own reputation.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

Alec Baldwin says he turned down GTA role....in a dream he had one day while he was probably drunk and high. I understand that this guy is a has been and wants to get as much publicity and attention that he can have but come on, he is sinking quite low right now.Poor guy, that tries to get back his 15 minutes of fame.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

"Hi, I'm Alec Baldwin. I want to remind everyone that I still exist by referencing a vague link I have to something currently popular. That is all."

punisher1
punisher1

He was offered this back in the 90s I would assume And I would guess they would not pay him what he thinks he was worth. Playing the role of a cop killer is not the real reason. He's done enough crazy roles that a cop killer should not matter.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

I understand. GTA is a controversial game and not everybody wants to be part of it even though there's a giant gap between playing a cop killer and being one.

komuchen
komuchen

BS, everyone can say that now.

Also, there were offering nice chunk of cash, but not for him, that was Kevin Bacon, but it was a role of the dog, which was turned down by Baldwin also.

franzito
franzito

Sometimes 15 minutes of fame aren't enough...

tomkat69pc
tomkat69pc

he's done enough for reputation when shouting at his 11year old daughter calling her a "rude thoughtless pig" ..

troller83
troller83

Blah some actors seem to forget that they are Actors , nothing else, they are only playing out a Fantasy, what reputation ? Everything we know about him is off his movies... playing a role, one could say he's entire reputation is a fantasy ( a lie to put it simple ) . What to ruin ?

One could say that I would ruin my reputation if I would star in some reality show after a 1.000.000.000 USD blockbuster movie....

bleh....

But whatever, most of the young ones look at actors like they are some sorta super heroes...

korvus
korvus

And if the game had flopped he would be keeping his mouth shut. Now he's trying to still cash in on the game's popularity without the "risk" (in his mind it apparently was such) to his reputation (whatever reputation he has...)

troller83
troller83

" but said no because he was asked to play a "cop killer."  - Is he related to Carolyn in any way... rather stupid argument :) It's a game.

Defective kids will be defective without playing games.... 

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

Maybe he meant GTA Vice City, since  it is the second 3D GTA. He also narrated another video game,  World in Conflict.


Stiler
Stiler

Yet he has no problem playing Mobsters in movies? He's played villains in movies before so how in the heck is it different in a game?

Jaxith
Jaxith

@tightwad34 I'm not especially familiar with the man's reputation, but I read this as, "I don't have the best rep, and I know it.  The last thing I need is to add 'cop killer' to my own list of problems."  Mind, that's just how I perceived it.  No disrespect intended toward him.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh, and he also hosts a classical music show on NPR I believe. Weird for someone with a so called aggressive personality to be involved with soothing, orchestral music if you ask me.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@Paul2004 Gonna have to watch that movie again. It's been like a year since I last saw it. xD 

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@Riddick123  Dont believe everything Matt Stone and Trey Parker would like you to believe.  Alec isn't perfect but you gotta examine the context of those tweets.  

tightwad34
tightwad34

@El_Zaggy If you have been famous, or relatively famous for at least 20 years and have hosted SNL the most times out of anyone ever, I think you have had a bit more than 15 minutes of fame.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@franzito Sorry, I don't want to defend an ass, but he's had way more than 15 minutes.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@franzito You may hate Alec Baldwin but "15 minutes of fame" and him don't belong in the same sentence.

He has been a well known actor for quarter of a century. 

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@Kristan1711 I think the problem was because GTA has always been a controversial game.

And yes acting on movie of cop killer and voice acting one is the same thing, but say that to PTA, FCC and a bunch of censor groups, most of them are composed of complete idiots, the biggest excuse is "What if a children plays the game" but when you say "What if they see the movie" they dismiss it, even thought the chances of them watching the movie is far higher than playing the game.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@tomkat69pc  Yeah, I thought this would have affected her more, but she doesn't like it when people talk bad about her dad and will even stand up for him.  Maybe she's forgiven him and they've been able to heal their relationship.

Jaxith
Jaxith

@troller83 If I were an actor, I don't think I'd have taken the role either.  I don't think actors have any obligation to justify what roles they decide to turn down.

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@troller83  Why are people liking your comment?  His decision had nothing to do with affecting kids but his reputation.  Read the article or re-read it if you already did.

ZombieGuyGeorge
ZombieGuyGeorge

@Stiler 90% of the time with this kind of comments it means they found a new and better religion. yeah i've also found a new and better diet coke.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Jaxith Fair enough indeed. Although, I'm not quite sure what his rep was when he turned this offer down if it's the Vice City one. That would have been 10+ years ago.

Saketume
Saketume

@AggrandizedUser @tomkat69pc  

Probably why he said: "And I didn't want to get near that [because] of my reputation; I have enough problems with the press as it is."

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@AggrandizedUser @tomkat69pc I don't think you should count the paparazzi stuff, I'm pretty sure that if it you were having your privacy being violated 24/7 you would also beat the bastard who does that. 

Shadowdanc3r
Shadowdanc3r

@ZombieGuyGeorge  Religion?  I think you're confusing him with his brother Stephen.  And I'm sure there has never been a good Diet Coke.  :D

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@Kristan1711 Those censor groups sees a huge difference between Acting on a movie and acting on a game, and these groups have power(sadly) and political power(taxes waste) which is worse, one them might be enough to end his career, and most of developers are scared of them and try to avoid confront, so they would leave them if a problem were to arise.

Don't forget that he also said "And I didn't want to get near that [because] of my reputation; I have enough problems with the press as it is. I said no."