Alec Baldwin Turned Down GTA Role Over Reputation Concerns

Alec Baldwin says he was once approached for a role in a Grand Theft Auto game but turned it down due to reputation concerns stemming from the character in question being a "cop killer."

Speaking in an interview with Indiewire, Baldwin brought up the proposed role and explained why he declined. "[The makers of] Grand Theft Auto came to me to do a voice of some mobster, many years ago, for Grand Theft Auto 2. ... and they offered this incomprehensible amount of money for one day's work," Baldwin said. "And they offered me a pile of money, this ridiculous amount of money to just come in a record this voice for one or two days. And I turned them down because [the character] was a cop killer. And I didn't want to get near that [because] of my reputation; I have enough problems with the press as it is. I said no."

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Although he specified Grand Theft Auto 2, it's more likely he was referring to one of the GTA games that have come out post-GTA 2. In its 2D, pre-Grand Theft Auto III days, Grand Theft Auto wasn't known for having roles played by famous actors, nor did it feature a great deal of voice acting. As the series has become more popular over the years, it has featured performances from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Liotta, Ricky Gervais, Kyle MacLachlan, Gary Busey, Burt Reynolds, and Michael Madsen.

IGN has reached out to Rockstar for comment and clarification regarding which game Rockstar was interested in Baldwin for.

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