Can Alec Baldwin not star in the upcoming film adaptation of Rock Of Ages? Pretty please, with sugar on top? Not that we wouldn’t love to see him sing old power ballads alongside Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones and the rest of the cast. We just want him to take it as easy as he needs to. Deadline Hollywood says that Baldwin has asked to be replaced on the upcoming film “if it all possible,” reportedly due to a newly discovered medical condition. New Line head Toby Emmerich told Deadline he’s weighing the issue, noting that Baldwin has yet to drop out of his upcoming film with Woody Allen in Rome. Come on, Toby, you know chilling in Europe with the Wood-man has to be easier than playing a club owner in a hard rock musical!
One reason Alec may be playing the matter so politely is what happened to ex-wife Kim Basinger when they were dating in the early ’90s. Kim had backed out of the film Boxing Helena after verbally agreeing to appear as the titular limbless kidnapping victim, and wound up being sued for $9 million dollars by the producers (FYI, this precedent is the only reason Whoopi Goldberg made Theodore Rex). Since Baldwin’s role in Ages is a big one, he may have to give up a little more info about his reason for leaving if he doesn’t want to suffer a similar fate.
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