Is Alec Baldwin trying to get back into the good graces of the gay community? It would appear so with his latest project. According to a report by the New York Post on March 28, the "30 Rock" actor will executive produce a documentary on the life of former openly gay Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank.
The documentary, titled "Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank", is scheduled to debut at next month's Tribecca Film Festival and Baldwin is scheduled to lead a Q&A session with Frank following its premiere.
The documentary will be directed and produced by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler and will profile Barney Frank's 40-year political career and the role his homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. In a statement released by Baldwin, he labeled Frank as a "personal hero", stating "his legacy in Congress - and his historic importance as the first openly gay and married Congressman - important for our country."
Baldwin, who claims he quit public life, was let go from MSNBC after making anti-gay slurs. Although he apologized for the slurs, he received public ridicule from the GLAAD and notably CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who stated that he was tired of Baldwin's act.
Alec Baldwin is certainly trying to make amends towards the gay community with this project, but is it too late? Gay rights activist Allen Roskoff believes producing the documentary is an act of damage control and that alone will not lead to forgiveness in the gay community.
The film is set to premiere on April 27.