As an actor, Alec Baldwin has played some played some iconic roles: Blake in Glengarry Glen Ross (“Coffee is for closers only!”), “Cucumber” Frank DeMarco in Married to the Mob, Pete Schweddy on Saturday Night Live, the narrator in The Royal Tenenbaums and NBC exec Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock. You could even argue that his portrayal of Jack Ryan in The Hunt for Red October is the performance that’s most representative of Tom Clancy’s version of the CIA analyst in the original novels.
Baldwin returns to the screen this Friday as USAF General Dixon in Aloha, a new movie written and directed by Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous). Dixon has to deal with Bradley Cooper’s Brian Gilcrest, a military contractor who’s got a history with General Dixon. It’s not a huge role in the movie, but he does get to yell a lot and do a few excellent slow burns.
Baldwin’s also well-known for his loud and public devotion to progressive political causes, a fact that will cause some of you to decide that he doesn’t support the troops. Let’s go to the videotape: Alec Baldwin, what do you really think about the military?