Actor Alec Baldwin claims one scene on upcoming ‘Temple Grandin’ ‘went terribly wrong’

Actor Alec Baldwin is calling out a scene for a forthcoming pilot from Showtime’s “Temple Grandin,” after crew members allegedly said he was drunk and combative. And according to multiple sources who spoke to…

Actor Alec Baldwin claims one scene on upcoming ‘Temple Grandin’ ‘went terribly wrong’

Actor Alec Baldwin is calling out a scene for a forthcoming pilot from Showtime’s “Temple Grandin,” after crew members allegedly said he was drunk and combative. And according to multiple sources who spoke to The Wrap, Baldwin’s behavior was so out of line that it embarrassed the cast and crew on the set.

“It was a toddler shooting this gun,” Baldwin said in a statement Tuesday after allegedly filming a scene at San Quentin Prison. “And it was the second day in a row that an actor had a hard time controlling it. After doing several takes where it had no effect, the director decided to stop. This was stupid and irresponsible. I’m so very sorry for any discomfort or fear we caused the crew and cast at San Quentin.”

Baldwin shot a scene in which he controlled a Colt .45 in a restricted area of the San Quentin Correctional Facility. He said he would keep the gun after the shoot, the sources told The Wrap. The producers got permission from prison officials and inmates to shoot the scene in the prison, the site reports.

Sources in the show said that Baldwin started making a scene at the beginning of the shooting, yelling and cursing at the cast and crew and acting very “disrespectful.” The actor’s camp disputed the reports and said that everything happened as Baldwin said. The prison was chosen because he is a national parks commissioner, and given prison policy it “made good sense,” his reps told The Wrap.

Also set to appear in the upcoming Showtime series are Claire Danes, Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter, and Michael Urie. The series executive producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, said in a statement that they were “thrilled with the script and the talent and look forward to working with them.”

According to the reps, the scene at the prison was a “very tricky” one because Baldwin had to control the weapon during his ex-wife’s performance, which would eventually be the source of another significant scene. The intensity of the performance from his ex-wife drove him to overstep the line of decorum, Baldwin’s reps explained, and production shut down for a day and a half.

“Alec was acting in the scene to play a seasoned professional journalist who works with a woman who suffers from autism,” they added. “During an intense scene with his ex-wife in the dog pound, he fired a blunderbuss at the makeup trailer which broke its glass. Afterwards, the final take with the dog pound was shut down because of his behavior and the subsequent controversy.”

But Baldwin said that while “something had to be done,” the shooting was done improperly.

“It’s a horrible, horrible job, and it was careless that they left us shooting in that situation, and doing that job with an amateur was a disaster. It was horrible,” he told Page Six. “My wife rushed in, slammed a door in their face, and saved us. I blame the crew.”

The revival of the cult HBO series “Temple Grandin” follows Grandin, a renowned equine and autism expert who, despite her disability, became a highly-regarded author and the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary. The series, which will premiere this fall, will begin in Grandin’s youth and continue throughout her adult life.

Read the full story at The Wrap.

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