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Alec Baldwin: Goodbye, public life

New York (AP) -- Alec Baldwin said he misses the days when New Yorkers signaled their appreciation of celebrities briefly and politely while taking care to maintain privacy.

The 55-year-old actor wrote in New York magazine ( ) that he "probably" needs to move out of the nation's largest city.

He wrote: "Now I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible."

Baldwin said he has a happy home for the first time in his adult life. He said he's considering Los Angeles, living insulated behind a gate with his wife and their child.

A lot of the article deals with comments that Baldwin said were misquoted or misinterpreted. Among other things, he details strongly worded evidence that he's not homophobic.

He also wrote: "Its good-bye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like were friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. Saturday Night Live. That kind of thing. I want to go make a movie and be very present for that and give it everything I have, and after were done, then the rest of the time is mine. I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audiences approval, whether you deserve it or not. I think I want to go back to being an actor now."

Baldwin said he realizes he "could have done things differently."

He apologized if he's "offended anyone along the way."

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Washington Times