Alec Baldwin’s cast-making armorer has broken his silence about his argument with the “Saturday Night Live” actor that led to Baldwin being arrested and charged with assault — claiming that Baldwin’s “overzealous” behavior was the real problem, rather than the actor’s “mentally unstable” behavior.
Andrew Dent, who lends his artistic skills to the movie “Ghostbusters” and made “Baywatch” and other films, issued a statement Thursday through his lawyer, Julia Brickman, saying he didn’t attack Baldwin and “would never do anything” like that. But he did say his business partner James Randall — whom he called a “tireless advocate” for Baldwin — has “the most extraordinary talent,” but is “an artist with an irrational, obnoxious, controlling manner” and that Baldwin was “by his own admission … emotionally unstable.”
The pair has been sparring for years. In 2001, “Attack of the Show” showed the video of one of their feuds, with Dent telling his interviewer, “Please warn my wife and children I am emotionally unstable and prone to intense anger. It’s not a problem. I have no problem.”
Baldwin’s antagonism against Dent dates back a decade as well, including an episode of “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 2007 in which Baldwin announced that he had plans to raise his arm again. Two years later, Dent began giving on-set lessons to cast members of “Entourage,” including Daniella Alonso, who has since left the series and now appears on “House of Cards.”
In 2012, Baldwin wrote an item in his then-weekly newsletter that blamed Dent for helping Alec’s friend Steve Buscemi to get injured after Dent’s arm was knocked loose by an “accident.” Baldwin wrote that he planned to file a police report against “the dastardly Andrew Dent,” who he described as “a powerful Hollywood casting agent and arms man” who has “recently allegedly let his long-running ‘Scandal’ client, the too-predictable-to-be-liked Joanne Froggatt, tackle him with an arm bar in an attempt to get the actor to believe that I am okay.”
“This is not entertainment, this is not profanity,” Baldwin wrote. “This is bullying and intimidation.”
Baldwin and Dent have since been adversaries in other areas as well. In May of last year, following reports that Baldwin had been fired from “Saturday Night Live,” Dent wrote an open letter to the actor, saying the show has a “casting couch culture” that Dent dislikes and urging Baldwin to address the issue.
“To his credit, (Baldwin) did respond with regard to my letter and attempted to address my concerns for the rest of the season,” Dent wrote. “I know that he is now a manager of ‘SNL’ and they may be aware of his casting couch culture, and that it was well known by my business partners and the creative team on that show.”
In the late ’80s, Dent’s schoolmate Farrell Collins was killed by an actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Collins was found near Hollywood Walk of Fame with a severe head wound suffered during a fight. John Franklin Wayne was one of the early suspects in the case, which was later eliminated.
“I love this man,” Dent told THR. “He is absolutely extraordinary and has helped many of us build our careers. And he is a damaged artist. He is an artist with an irrational, obnoxious, controlling manner. He takes great pleasure in causing pain. He is fragile. He has a history of being violent. He may be violent against him as well, and I hope it doesn’t end up with a restraining order or a restraining order on him as well.”
Calls to Dent were not immediately returned.