Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter, Contemplates Quitting Acting

Alec Baldwin

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updated 07/03/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 07/03/2013 AT 9:45 AM ET

Alec Baldwin is done with Twitter – and maybe even acting.

Deleting his Twitter account after lashing out at a British journalist who claimed Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, was Tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral – Baldwin later apologized for the remarks – the Blue Jasmine actor defended his decision to forgo the social media service to Vanity Fair on Monday.

“I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a f–– about social media,” Baldwin, 55, explained.

He continued, “I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.”

With a baby on the way – Baldwin is also dad to 17-year-old aspiring model Ireland Basinger Baldwin with ex-wife Kim Basinger – Twitter might just be the first step in Baldwin’s desire to lead a more private life.

“I’m having a baby. And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which as been very painful – it’s been really unpleasant. That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child. I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having – she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, ‘Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?’ ” he said. “She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me.”

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