Join Alec Baldwin and James Toback as they discuss the HBO documentary film Seduced and Abandoned, which debuts exclusively on HBO on Monday, October 28, 2013.
For ten days in May 2012, director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin worked their way through the Cannes Film Festival in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film project, a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s classic Last Tango in Paris. As they dashed around—hopeful against all odds—Toback filmed the hilarious and revealing proceedings, from pitches to billionaires, studio moguls, producers and international sales financiers, to intimate encounters with major movie stars and iconic directors whose passion for movies proves it’s still possible to transcend the madness.
A dazzling collage of interviews, classic movie clips and colorful personalities, Seduced and Abandoned features a cast that includes, in addition to Alec Baldwin, Berenice Bejo, Bernardo Bertolucci, James Caan, Neve Campbell, Graydon Carter, Jessica Chastain, Diablo Cody, Francis Ford Coppola, Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Diane Kruger, Mike Medavoy, Ron Meyer, Jean Pigozzi, Roman Polanski, Brett Ratner, Martin Scorsese and Taki Theodoracopulos.
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Alec Baldwin is a graduate of New York University (BFA-Tisch, 94) and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from NYU in 2010. He last appeared on Broadway in the 2013 production of Lyle Kessler’s Orphans. Other stage credits include Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton (Guild Hall–East Hampton, 2010), the Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2006 production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis. Loot (Broadway-1986; Theatre World Award), Caryl Churchill's Serious Money (Broadway-1988), Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep.-1990; Obie Award), A Street Car Named Desire (Broadway-1992; Tony nomination), Macbeth (NYSF-1998), The Twentieth Century (Roundabout-2004). He has also performed at The Hartman in Stamford, Williamstown and at Bay Street.
Baldwin has appeared in over forty films, including Beetle Juice, Working Girl, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Juror, The Edge, Ghosts of Mississippi, State and Main, The Cat in the Hat, The Cooler (National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor, Oscar nomination), The Aviator, The Departed and It’s Complicated, among many others.
On television Baldwin starred with Tina Fey on NBC’s “30 Rock”, winner of the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Baldwin has received seven SAG Awards, three Golden Globes, the Television Critics Award and two Emmy awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance on the show and the 2009 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In 2011, Alec received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His company, El Dorado Pictures, has produced several projects including Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial for TNT television (Emmy nomination), The Confession for Showtime (WGA award for best adapted screenplay) and David Mamet’s film, State and Main.
Alec Baldwin is also a dedicated supporter of numerous causes related to public policy and the arts. He serves on the boards of People For The American Way, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The New York Philharmonic and Guild Hall of East Hampton. He is an active supporter of The Radiation and Public Health Project, East Hampton Day Care Center, The Actors Fund, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, The Roundabout Theatre, People for the Ethical treatment of Animals and The Water Keeper Alliance, among many others.
Baldwin’s book, A Promise to Ourselves (St. Martin’s Press) was published in paperback in the Fall of 2009.
James Toback was born in New York and was graduated from Harvard College in 1966 with a degree in Comparative Literature. After teaching in universities, writing journalism and criticism and composing a memoir about his relationship with athlete Jim Brown, he wrote the original screenplay The Gambler (directed by Karel Reisz 1974). It remains the classic film about compulsive gambling.
His directorial debut, Fingers (1978) starring Harvey Keitel, caused an international sensation which still reverberates. It was remade by Jacques Audiard as The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005). Toback directed Robert Downey, Jr. in The Pick-Up Artist (1986) and followed it with two other remarkable collaborations, Two Girls and a Guy (1997) and Black and White (2000)—the definitive movie about hip-hop, made in conjunction with Wu Tang Clan.
Toback won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for his original screenplay Bugsy, for which he also received an Academy Award nomination. He wrote and directed the romantic drama Exposed with Nastassja Kinski and Rudolf Nureyev, Love and Money and When Will I Be Loved with Neve Campbell. He has made two highly acclaimed documentaries—The Big Bang and Tyson which was awarded a special prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
His latest movie, Seduced and Abandoned, was filmed with Alec Baldwin as the two worked their way through the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012 in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film project—a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci’s classic Last Tango in Paris. The movie captures the hilarious and revealing proceedings, from pitches to billionaires, studio moguls, producers and international sales financiers, to intimate encounters with stars including Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain and iconic directors Polanski, Scorsese, Coppola and Bertolucci whose passion for movies proves it’s still possible to transcend the madness. Seduced and Abandoned premieres October 28, 2013 on HBO.