“30 Rock” funnyman Alec Baldwin has had his own share of creative differences with studio executives and he’s offering some advice to fellow actor Charlie Sheen — apologize.
In a blog for The Huffington Post, published on Friday, Alec recounted his own battle with a studio head over the Jack Ryan role, before tackling Conan O’Brien’s former war with NBC, and later, Charlie Sheen.
“Conan has moved on and his great talent is undiminished by his difficult experiences,” Alec wrote in the blog titled “‘Two and a Half Men’ Is Better Than One.” “I had wanted to say to [Conan] back then what I will now offer to Charlie. You can’t win. Really. You can’t.
“When executives at studios and networks move up to the highest ranks, they are given a book. The book is called ‘How to Handle Actors.’ And one principle held dear in that book is that no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit,” Alec continued. “And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug-addled, porn star-squiring, near-Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go.”
Despite Charlie’s recent unorthodox antics and online webcast rants, Alec believes America will welcome the small screen star back with open arms – if he humbles himself while taking the right steps toward redemption.
“Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck,” Alec advised. “Go on Letterman and make an apology… And then beg for your job back. Your fans demand it. You will never win because when you are as big a d*****bag as some of these guys are, they have no choice but to snuff you.”
“Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it’s not too late,” Alec later added. “This is America. You want to really piss off Chuck and Warner Brothers and CBS? Beg for America’s forgiveness. They will give it to you. And then go back. You are a great television star. And you’ve got the gig. As I learned from closely observing Tony Bennett so I could impersonate him on ‘SNL,’ this is supposed to be fun.
“P.S…. buy [Jon] Cryer a really nice car,” Alec concluded.
To read Alec’s blog in its entirety, click HERE!