“I have [been offered a comic book villain role], but I won’t mention which one. I don’t want to undo somebody because they hired someone else to do it. But they asked me to play a villain in one of these Marvel Comics movies.”
“I wasn’t available, they wanted me to work a certain time. And because of my wife’s pregnancy, I had to turn down two films this summer that I wanted to do.”
That was Alec Baldwin on the Howard Stern show last week,dropping a bombshell on comic book fans everywhere.
For those of you who only know Baldwin from his work in 30 Rock, his frequent quest hostings of Saturday Night Live and his Capital One commercials, you might be saying, “thank God.” But before his recent turn to roles comedic, Baldwin was an accomplished actor in all genres, as evidenced by his work in The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ghosts of Mississippi and The Cooler.
You can’t help but wonder what role Baldwin turned down. The Hollywood Reporter has already done the legwork for us:
Presuming that the mention of his wife’s pregnancy refers to the time period in which the movie was shot, which isn’t exactly clear, that leaves only a handful of possibilities — She is currently six months pregnant, which means that Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and potentially Thor: The Dark World are it as far as official Marvel Studios productions, with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past the other projects based upon a Marvel property in production during that time.
Personally, I’m leaning to either Guardians of the Galaxy or the non-Marvel Studios ones. They are the films that would still be in production when Baldwin’s wife is set to deliver the baby.
Hopefully, Marvel keeps Baldwin’s number on file. I know of a lot of characters that I would love to see him take a run at.