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Episode #51

James Toback

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Monday, September 30, 2013

This week Alec sits down with writer and director James Toback who makes movies on his own terms.  His films include The Gambler, The Pick-up Artist, Love & Money, Black and White.

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Recently, Toback and Alec joined forces to make the documentary Seduced and Abandoned, which began as a story about raising money for a film, but soon became a study of the tension between art and commerce and how difficult it’s become to secure financing for independent films. Seduced and Abandoned premiered at Cannes and will air on HBO starting October 28th.

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Alec Baldwin

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Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

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Comments [6]

mike

Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. On the surface, it was great radio...a great way to blow through 30 minutes on the LIE.

Oct. 10 2013 09:44 PM
Coogan from NYC

My respect for you Alec, just took a nosedive. There's a million people worth interviewing who are fascinating and talented, and ok- weird too, yet you chose to waste time on him? He's certifiably crazy, as in not cool, sick, twisted.

This guy is a talentless, disgusting narcissist/sociopath with sexual predator tendencies. There is no upside, no mystery or redeeming quality about him. Among all the well known horror stories about him and his major creepy behavior, Gawker ( i know i know) published a first hand story as told by a young woman recently targeted by him, including a mention where he said he was going to meet you at the Film Forum one afternoon. Being able to see a blow by blow of the way he thinks and acts is the only interesting part- seeing how a mentally sick person behaves, how they plan, plot, twist, lure.

Having seen up close how a sociopath uses people after being in a near relationship with one I see common traits, and it's not entertaining. We must stop giving them attention, they are very destructive to a healthy society at large.

The one I knew had all the usual traits Toback has shown: being fixated on sex in a sick, distanced, artificial way, manipulates people, is insincere-incapable of empathy, talks up their own "accomplishments" (minor, bizarre, common) in an almost third person manner, seem confident and 'charming' on a superficial level, have no real interests or personality of her own, while young they often relied on imitating people they admire until they can master the 'act', they claimed jokes and ideas their own, copy others work, they often steal trust/money/etc from people they gain the confidence of, are paranoid, lies as easily as we tell the truth but believe their lies, often claim being physically or sexually abused which some learn is a way to gain sympathy, suck away the positive energy from everyone, ruin relationships between others-break up bonds for fun, like sullying innocents, ruin get togethers by always making it about them or acting gross or loud without reading how uncomfortable it makes others, make endless crude sexual jokes, are fascinated by violence-usually passively in films but it extends as they gain confidence or experience, they can't sustain real relationships, are arrogant, often bullies but turns cowardly when caught, threaten people when they feel their facade would be exposed, was easily angered, targeted shy, kind open hearted people, are almost always sexually promiscuous, have addictive personalities (drink/drugs/gambling,etc), and most tellingly they don't have real emotional bonds with animals and kids don't trust them.

A story goes that when Eskimos found one in the clan was 'off' and showed these tendencies, when able, they would push them off icebergs. Sounds about right to me.

Oct. 08 2013 11:43 AM
streever

Alex, I don't think you should air this interview. Toback is a creep and a lech who tries to persuade to sleep with him through manipulation and false promises of movie stardom.

Some of the women are under the age of consent.

The man isn't just "uncompromising", he is insane and narcissistic.

http://gawker.com/5506842/sleazy-film-director-james-tobacks-underage-pick+up-attempt

Oct. 06 2013 09:20 AM
mojowrkn from San Francisco

Alec-I love you but this guy is so completely full of shit. Esp. that LSD story...total crap. Very smart obviously....but wow kookoo

Oct. 03 2013 04:12 PM
cervantes

he kind of makes crazy sound compelling.

Oct. 02 2013 09:21 PM
George Sperry

The recent biker/SUV incident would make a great movie, with the SUV driver getting out with a revolver saying, " I've only got 6 guys, and then you'll get me, who wants to be first."

Oct. 01 2013 11:55 AM

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