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Alec Baldwin Wants No Part of Arnold Film–Calls Lawyers

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Is there a chilling effect in the world of documentary film? Alec Baldwin wants Running With Arnold‘s producer Mike Gabrawy and director Dan Cox to scrap his voice-over tracks, and get someone else. Baldwin, writing in the Huffington Post admitted that he agreed to narrate, based on the script, but didn’t see the film before he arrived in the studio. Once he saw some of the Nazi stock footage images used, he didn’t like what he saw, but finished the session and then called his lawyers. He wrote:

I asked that my voice and name be removed from the film and I returned the fee I was paid, which was earmarked to be donated to charity, and I had an attorney issue a cease and desist order against the filmmakers so that they would comply with my demands. The filmmakers have thus far refused to accommodate my requests and have claimed that they have delivery deadlines for distribution that prohibit them from granting them.


Karina Longworth, who blogs about film, interviewed Gabrawy. (FBLA talked to Cox earlier, before Baldwin’s action.) Gabrawy defended the footage, telling Longworth:

The images that Mr. Baldwin mentioned were used to make points about [Kurt] Waldheim and Arnold’s father.

Gabrawy went on to say that some of the images that offended Baldwin have been removed. The film makers are hanging tough, and using Baldwin’s narration. But, Baldwin’s law suit will delay distribution, thus spoiling their plans to release in time for the elections.

FBLA wonders if Baldwin ever actually read the script before agreeing. Actors are famous for reading only their own lines. The HuffPost commentors seem to be pretty evenly split between admiring Baldwin for his integrity and condemning him as a pawn of the Republican party. FBLA wonders if he’s going to try this same trick with the Trivection ads.

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