Alec Baldwin's Summer of Love … and Hate
From spicy Cannes comments to aggressive paparazzi and a Twitter farewell, the actor was rarely out of the news.
May 17: During the Cannes Film Festival, Baldwin tells a room full of partiers that Harvey Weinstein -- who declined to be interviewed for a documentary that Baldwin is shooting about the Cannes film market -- is a douchebag. "I don't care who knows," he says loudly. (He later apologizes.)
May 19: Baldwin expresses love for his fiancee, 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Lynn Thomas with an endearing on- camera yoga session for THR.com. A somewhat daffy New York Times Vows column would later detail how they met: He handed her his card at an NYC restaurant and said, "I must know you."
June 19: Days after Rock of Ages opens to a disappointing $14.4 million, Baldwin is accused of assaulting New York Daily News photographer Marcus Santos outside a marriage-license office. According to Baldwin, it was self-defense: "The guy lunged, and he almost hit me in the teeth with the lens of the camera," he tells Charlie Rose. "So I just pushed the guy away. … People think I'm out there just decking photographers willy-nilly when nothing could be further from the truth."
June 30: Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, which features Baldwin, hits theaters as he marries Thomas in New York. Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Mariska Hargitay and Robert Kennedy Jr. are among those joining Baldwin's famous brothers downtown at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.
July 1: As photographers follow him aggressively around New York, Baldwin takes to Twitter to rail against celebrity media: "Great papers like the Times Picayune struggle, while tabloid trash bloggers (Levin, Hilton) carry on. #USneedsstrongerlibellaws."
July 2: Donates $1 million to the New York Philharmonic and $500,000 to the Roundabout Theatre Company. News coverage of his generosity follows.
July 3: Quits Twitter, signing off with, "It's been fun."