Alec Baldwin, he of 30 Rock, Hunt For Red October and Beetlejuice fame, was once offered an “incomprehensible amount of money” to lend his voice to a Grand Theft Auto game. And he said… no.
“[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 told IndieWire. “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.”
Presumably he means the part of Vice City’s Tommy Vercetti, a role which ultimately went to Ray Liotta, who did one hell of a job. Ah well! Not to worry. Those looking for Alec Baldwin’s caramel tones in a video game need look no further than PC strategy game World in Conflict, which he narrated, channelling Jack Donaghy the whole way through (go to 3:20 if it doesn’t autoplay at that point for you).