Fam­ily dy­nam­ics

As his new film The Boss Baby opens, Alec Bald­win talks sib­ling ri­valry and Trump im­per­son­ations with Jeananne Craig.

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM -

Alec Bald­win has a knack for play­ing leaders, from slick TV ex­ec­u­tive Jack Don­aghy in hit sit­com 30 Rock, to his hi­lar­i­ous im­per­son­ations of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on hit US com­edy show Satur­day Night Live.

In the flesh, you can see why; he’s a suit­ably com­mand­ing pres­ence, with his sharply tai­lored suit and deep, dis­tinc­tive voice.

At home in New York how­ever, with his yoga in­struc­tor wife Hilaria and their three small chil­dren, Bald­win in­sists he’s far from the boss.

“I’m like the low­est life form,” jokes the ac­tor, who has just turned 59 and also has a grownup daugh­ter, Ire­land, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

“I think if I dis­ap­peared one day, my wife and kids wouldn’t even no­tice – un­til it was time to put gas in the car in the freez­ing cold...”

He’s back in charge in his lat­est film, but this time there’s a twist: he’s a boss who also hap­pens to be a baby.

The Boss Baby cen­tres on sev­enyear-old Tim, who is up­set to find a ri­val on the scene in the form of a new little sib­ling (voiced by Bald­win), who hap­pens to be suited, booted and car­ry­ing a brief­case.

It tran­spires that Boss Baby is ac­tu­ally a spy on a se­cret mis­sion, who needs Tim’s help to thwart a das­tardly plot in­volv­ing pup­pies and ba­bies. Tim ini­tially rages against Boss Baby, but he soon re­alises that help­ing his neme­sis to com­plete the mis­sion, thereby earn­ing pro­mo­tion, would be the quick­est route to rid­ding the fam­ily home of a sec­ond child.

So it’s a bit of a leap from his usual roles, but Bald­win could re­late to the Dream­Works film’s de­pic­tion of sib­ling ri­valry, hav­ing wit­nessed it first-hand when his son Rafael was born.

“My wife and I have a daugh­ter [Car­men] who is three, and be­fore my son was born she was the princess and was just adored and catered to by ev­ery­body.

“Then my son came along – and he was the first son, so I just flipped out,” says the star, who has since wel­comed a sec­ond son, Leonardo, into the world with his wife.

“At this time, Car­men was two years old. She would stare at him think­ing, ‘Some­thing’s got to change around here. You know we have to fix this!’ So for my daugh­ter, there was a process to be able to ac­cept her little brother.

“When she fi­nally gave him a kiss, we all cried,” he re­calls. “We thought this day would never come.”

One of six – his three younger broth­ers, Daniel, William and Stephen, all be­came ac­tors, and he also has two sis­ters – Bald­win must also have ex­pe­ri­enced some sib­ling ri­valry in his time?

“I guess all sib­lings have a ri­valry, in so far as you live in those con­cen­trated quar­ters with other peo­ple your whole life, when you’re be­com­ing who you’re go­ing to be­come.

“You are at your most in­se­cure and you don’t know who you are, what you want; you’re at your most un­cer­tain about what’s go­ing to hap­pen to you in the world.

I never felt my broth­ers were my ri­vals, be­cause I was the old­est... I was the dauphin.


IN CHARGE: Alec Bald­win lends his voice to the an­i­mated fea­ture The Boss Baby.

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