So, Alec Baldwin socked a paparazzo in the face on his way out of City Hall today, just minutes after getting a marriage license to wed his yogi fiancee Hilaria Thomas (who skulked a few feet behind her soon-to-be husband’s dramatic exit, looking fairly embarassed by the whole thing). The photos of the incident (which you can see over at New York Daily News) are so comical you’d think this whole thing was a media fake-out, but when you get over laughing at how ridiculous he looks, you mostly just have to wonder: Shouldn’t Baldwin’s new yoga practice help him get a handle on all that rage?
As with most photographer-celebrity brawls, there are two very different sides to the story: Baldwin’s erring on the side of papparazzo being evil (or, as he tweeted following the incident: #allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded); photographer Marcus Santons’ erring on the side of just being an innocent dude who was assulted while doing his job (not provoking celebrities by sticking a telephoto lens and blinding camera flash in his face, At ALL!). But even if Baldwin’s rage is totally justified, he seems to be missing some of the finer points of all that wonderful yoga his fiancee’s been showering on him of late.
Baldwin’s rage has kind of become his hallmark; in fact, punching a New York Daily News photographer in the face seems like a charitable act compared to the rage he’s showered on his own family members. But since starting to date Thomas, he’s been taking advantage of her yoga instruction…which he says has been helping him stay calm and healthy.
Now, I don’t think yoga is all about passively allowing people to walk all over you, or staying zen in the face of people who violate your privacy. But I do think it should give you enough perspective that you can pull a punch (and waterboarding jokes).