It appears Alec Baldwin wants to become America's next Dennis Rodman.
In an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, Baldwin said, "I’m going to fly to Russia and try to interview Snowden" (vulgarity alert):
What do you think about this Edward Snowden case?
I want to try to interview him for my podcast on WNYC. I’m pressing all the buttons I have in London with friends of mine who know [Julian] Assange. I’m going to fly to Russia and try to interview Snowden.
I’m going to try.
Are you a fan, or horrified by him?
I’m not a fan or a critic. I want it to play out. It’s like [Daniel] Ellsberg, you know? Insofar as let’s find out what he’s got. Let’s not assume automatically that he’s an enemy of this country. If he is, well then we have laws that, unfortunately for him, he’s fucked. They’re going to get him; I’m sure someone is going to trade him.
Not surprisingly, the subject of Twitter came up. Yet for some reason, Vanity Fair chose not to ask Baldwin about his recent homophobic attack on a British reporter:
Are you ever going to open your Twitter account again?
Never. No. I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a fuck about social media.
I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.
Honestly, how could someone interview Baldwin days after his homophobic attack on a British reporter and NOT ask him about it?
Of course, that might have been a pre-condition of the interview.
If so, why bother doing it?