Nothing brings you down from a long night of “sex, drugs and booze” quite like Galaga, at least according to Alec Baldwin. In a new book of personal testimonies from former addicts, Moments of Clarity, the 30 Rock star recounts his struggles with substance abuse, and the resulting debauchery-filled evenings he sobered up from by playing arcade games into the wee hours of the morning.
“’I would play video games from, like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and I would wind down. Then I’d go home and go to bed,’ Baldwin writes.
‘This was the only way I could go ‘beta’ and go into that state I needed to be, where I could calm down and take my mind off everything. I didn’t want to see anybody, talk to anybody, deal with anybody.’
A ‘moment of clarity’ came when he saw pity in the face of Julian, the person who ran the parlor.
‘Julian would put the key in the lock and open the door, and he would just kind of look at me like, ‘Wow, I’m glad I’m not you.’
Baldwin agreed. ‘You got no idea, Julian. Julian, I need you. I need you to get that key and open the f- – -ing door and let me in. I got to play Galaga.'”
Seriously, you couldn’t use some of that Knot’s Landing money to buy your own cabinet? That’s the first thing I’d do if I ever got rich, forget the drugs.