Fordham Law

Alec Baldwin, ex-wannabe lawyer, tells Fordham Law School students Oscar call rocked his world

Forum on Law, Culture & Society in The Daily News, February 28, 2010

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Alec Baldwin is honored to be hosting the Oscars this Sunday, but the "30 Rock" star says he was a bit befuddled when he got the offer.

"Adam Shankman called me to ask if I'd [host] with Steve [Martin], and I had to make sure he had the right number," Baldwin said at a Fordham Law School event at the Time Warner Center on Wednesday night.

"So I said, 'You know who you're calling, right? This is 212,' " he said, laughing.

It's moments such as those that make the 51-year-old happy he didn't become a lawyer, his original career path.

"I didn't know if I wanted to join a field that was becoming as crowded and choked as law was," he said to the room full of aspiring attorneys.

Even if he had decided to go the suit route, he said, he doesn't think that his three brothers would have followed him, as they did in the acting field.

"Oh, good God, no. They wouldn't have become lawyers," Baldwin insisted. "I'd probably be representing them right now. But I do think they saw me acting and thought, 'If he can do it, we can do it.' More accurately, maybe it would be, 'if S---head can do it, we can do it.' "