Fascinating Alec Baldwin Huffington Post column this morning that cannot be reduced to a few words just as Alec Baldwin cannot be reduced to a few words, but it does exhort the troubled "Two and a Half Men" ex-star Charlie Sheen to apologize and try to get his gig back. Key outtake:
"When executives at studios and networks move up to the highest ranks, they are given a book. The book is called How to Handle Actors. And one principle held dear in that book is that no actor is greater than the show itself when the show is a hit. And, in that regard, they are often right. Add to that the fact that the actor who is torturing their diseased egos is a drug-addled, porn star-squiring, near-Joycean Internet ranter, and they really want you to go. Granted, it didn't get real until you insulted them. And your suit may have real grounds. But you know what you should do? Take a nap. Get a shower. Call Chuck. Go on Letterman and make an apology. Write a huge check to the B'nai Brith. And then beg for your job back. Your fans demand it. You will never win because when you are as big a --as some of these guys are, they have no choice but to snuff you. (Do you secretly want to get snuffed? So you can go back and make movies?) Sober up, Charlie. And get back on TV, if it's not too late. This is America. You want to really -- off Chuck and Warner Brothers and CBS? Beg for America's forgiveness. They will give it to you. And then go back. You are a great television star. And you've got the gig. As I learned from closely observing Tony Bennett so I could impersonate him on SNL, this is supposed to be fun."