Alec Baldwin Saved By Galaga

Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -
If you rub Galaga on your teeth, they get numb. Try it at home!
The New York Post describes Christopher Kennedy Lawford's new book, Moments of Clarity, as a compilation of personal testimonies of addiction. One such testimonial comes courtesy of actor Alec Baldwin, who apparently found one of those moments of clarity while seeing the face of an arcade operator after a night of hard partying:

Baldwin would end the night at an arcade warehouse playing "Galaga."

"I would play video games from, like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and I would wind down. Then I'd go home and go to bed," Baldwin writes.

"This was the only way I could go 'beta' and go into that state I needed to be, where I could calm down and take my mind off everything. I didn't want to see anybody, talk to anybody, deal with anybody."

A "moment of clarity" came when he saw pity in the face of Julian, the person who ran the parlor.

"I was doing a show then ['Knots Landing'], making tens of thousands of dollars a week, which was part of the problem," he writes.

"Julian would put the key in the lock and open the door, and he would just kind of look at me like, 'Wow, I'm glad I'm not you.' "

Baldwin agreed. "You got no idea, Julian. Julian, I need you. I need you to get that key and open the f- - -ing door and let me in. I got to play 'Galaga.' "


I've never said this publicly before, but Galaga helped me beat addiciton, as well, totally curing me of my Galaxian jones. Of course, the cure ended up being way more addictive than the sickness itself. It wasn't until I moved on to Pole Position that I was able to properly sort my life out.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -
If you rub Galaga on your teeth, they get numb. Try it at home!
The New York Post describes Christopher Kennedy Lawford's new book, Moments of Clarity, as a compilation of personal testimonies of addiction. One such testimonial comes courtesy of actor Alec Baldwin, who apparently found one of those moments of clarity while seeing the face of an arcade operator after a night of hard partying:

Baldwin would end the night at an arcade warehouse playing "Galaga."

"I would play video games from, like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and I would wind down. Then I'd go home and go to bed," Baldwin writes.

"This was the only way I could go 'beta' and go into that state I needed to be, where I could calm down and take my mind off everything. I didn't want to see anybody, talk to anybody, deal with anybody."

A "moment of clarity" came when he saw pity in the face of Julian, the person who ran the parlor.

"I was doing a show then ['Knots Landing'], making tens of thousands of dollars a week, which was part of the problem," he writes.

"Julian would put the key in the lock and open the door, and he would just kind of look at me like, 'Wow, I'm glad I'm not you.' "

Baldwin agreed. "You got no idea, Julian. Julian, I need you. I need you to get that key and open the f- - -ing door and let me in. I got to play 'Galaga.' "


I've never said this publicly before, but Galaga helped me beat addiciton, as well, totally curing me of my Galaxian jones. Of course, the cure ended up being way more addictive than the sickness itself. It wasn't until I moved on to Pole Position that I was able to properly sort my life out.
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#2 Posted by dtran1212 (299 posts) -

what the hell did i just read????

#3 Posted by Drebin_893 (2902 posts) -

Tasteless Joke, Jeff. Tasteless.

#4 Posted by Hamz (6846 posts) -

Alec Baldwin clearly needs more Galaga to calm him the hell down then. You'd think that he could afford his own private arcade, you know?....but I guess not having a major or any part in upcoming films puts a spanner in the works of that plan.

#5 Posted by dtran1212 (299 posts) -

what the hell did i just read?????

#6 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

Haha, wait, what?......

#7 Posted by Superspiritgun (43 posts) -

He should be playing less arcade games and filming more episodes of 30Rock

#8 Posted by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -

Galaxian had the opposite effect on me. When I was younger I recall using the huge Galaxian booths in the arcade to smoke pot, away from the prying eyes of security.

#9 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Good for him? I'm a little confused by this, but sure. lol.

#10 Posted by floorswine (169 posts) -

Brilliant!

#11 Posted by EvilTwin (3324 posts) -

This story doesn't seem to make much sense out of the context of the whole story.  What addiction is he fighting exactly? 

#12 Posted by AlexMarra (310 posts) -

I'm confused.

#13 Posted by AlexMarra (310 posts) -

And slightly aroused.

#14 Posted by CallMeRotten (229 posts) -

Damn. Now I'm always going to think of Galaga whenever I see Alec Baldwin.

#15 Posted by RHCPfan24 (8609 posts) -

Well, Jack Donaghy doesn't have times for videogames anymore I am sure.

#16 Posted by EightBitWarrior (591 posts) -

Games are the opposite for me. They always make me angry till I want to break something.

#17 Posted by lordofultima (6212 posts) -

But without them you'd be angry at the world, EightBit. So be thankful! I'm much happier breaking 360 controllers than expensive furniture.

#18 Posted by PLWolf (920 posts) -

LOL!! That's a great story. My Tempest addiction was cured by Galaga. Weird, I know.

#19 Edited by Cubical (637 posts) -

and now all USA actors are screwed because you cant find that many arcades in usa more.

 but Japanese arcades are fine, hell with so much smoking going on they might not even notice yu are doing drugs...oh wait that  wont help so they are still screwed even if they go in japanese arcades.

and alcoholics should avoid them at all cost.

#20 Posted by OmegaPirate (5523 posts) -

Thats incredible :D, this is why games are brilliant

#21 Posted by CarolynP (91 posts) -

Poor, poor Alec Baldwin.

#22 Posted by Captain_Fookup (1519 posts) -

Jeff could you change Teeth to Gums please, Yayo doesn't numb you're teeth.

#23 Posted by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -

I still jones for a good session of Cloak and Dagger, but the fact that game hasn't been seen anywhere since 1986 forced me to go cold turkey.

I still have to sit in every Spy Hunter machine I see.

#24 Posted by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -
Hamz
on Jan. 12, 2009
Alec Baldwin clearly needs more Galaga to calm him the hell down then. You'd think that he could afford his own private arcade, you know?....but I guess not having a major or any part in upcoming films puts a spanner in the works of that plan.

You realize this is a memoir from 1983 right?  I guess not.  Reading comprehension ftw.
#25 Posted by Giantsquirrel (601 posts) -

Alec Bladween es gewd righter

#26 Posted by Rasgueado (710 posts) -

I dunno... I still kinda like Alec Baldwin, and that made me like him just a little bit more.

#27 Posted by Media_Master (3283 posts) -

that was different!

#28 Posted by borgmaster (513 posts) -

I'm not sure what to make of this......

#29 Posted by MasturbatingBear (1781 posts) -

Greatest story ever

#30 Posted by WickedCobra03 (2102 posts) -
dtran1212 said:
"what the hell did i just read????"
Word.  I have been seeing this story all day jeff but never read it until your post on it.  Personally, I think it is hilarious just how random and how far in the direction of stupid it goes.
#31 Posted by dsplayer1010 (2227 posts) -

Playing games relaxed him and relieved him of his stress. It's not hard to believe at all.

#32 Posted by Hector (3356 posts) -

What the hell is this about?

#33 Posted by LiquidPrince (15850 posts) -

Irony.

#34 Posted by Hobbes (3 posts) -

Turns out his famous "Rude Thoughtless Pig" call was actually just him playing Duke Nukem 3D.

#35 Posted by goodwood (600 posts) -

cocaines a hell of a drug

#36 Posted by the_purgatory_station (408 posts) -

haha

#37 Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin (3720 posts) -

Alec Baldwin is an underrated, fantastic actor. Seriously.

That's all.

#38 Posted by Edgeward (11 posts) -

My hero = Alec Baldwin

#39 Posted by logson (521 posts) -

This intensifies my upward facing thumbs for Alec Baldwin. These thumbs are intense.

#40 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

Hmmm, maybe someone should send Amy Winehouse a Galaga machine

Alec Baldwin is awesome.
His scene in Glengarry Glen Ross is one of my fave scenes in a movie EVER!

  


"COFFEE'S FOR CLOSERS ONLY!"

And he's still kicking ass on 30 Rock!
#41 Posted by MadMatr07 (200 posts) -

Well whatever works I guess. I mean it's not like the guy went onto one of those rehab tv shows that are terrible.

#42 Posted by Lind_L_Taylor (3962 posts) -

I could certainly use tens of thousands a week.  I don't see how it relates to Galaga though...why the hell does he need to play it?  Because he can't afford to buy his own machine or he's cheap?

#43 Edited by n00bosaurusRex (175 posts) -

Hah! Pole Position!

When I was a kid my older brother gave me his old atari and I played the crap out of that game

p.s. Arrec Bardwin??? Ohhhh nooooo!!!

#44 Posted by CitizenKane (10506 posts) -

Alec Baldwin just went up even more in my book.

#45 Posted by SinGulaR (2261 posts) -

That explains shadow. I think.

#46 Posted by Chariot_Choogle (6 posts) -

 His penchant for promoting 'synergy' is older than we'd previously estimated.    

#47 Posted by AuthenticM (3700 posts) -
@EvilTwin: My thoughts exactly.

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