Maybe it's just a coincidence, maybe Alec Baldwin suffers from buyer's remorse, maybe a gypsy told him to avoid anything with "Rock" in the title - whatever the reason, Baldwin is pulling the plug on his role in the upcoming "Rock of Ages."
A few weeks after getitng into hot water by declaring - and then retracting - that he was leaving "30 Rock" after next season, Baldwin has now apparantly asked to be released from his commitment to appear in "Rock of Ages" - the Adam Shankman-directed adaptation of the Broadway musical, according to Deadline.
Casting an odd shadow over the annoucement - reports say that Baldwin hasn't exactly quit, but has asked that he be replaced "if at all possible" - is a statement from New Line president Toby Emmerich, who asserts that Baldwin is leaving because of a medical condition.
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Baldwin has not commented on his medical status, and remains attached to Woody Allen's next movie, which is scheduled to shoot in Rome.
"Rock of Ages" boasts, even without Baldwin, a pretty hefty cast list. Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan Cranston.