Yesterday, New Line shot down rumors that Alec Baldwin, who was to play the owner of the Sunset Strip nightclub at the center of the movie, had dropped out of director Adam Shankman's film. Now, the studio is saying that Baldwin has asked to be replaced "if at all possible," according to Deadline.
Responding to reports that Baldwin was out of 'Ages,' New Line President Toby Emmerich told Deadline the actor had a newly discovered medical condition that he expected to have resolved before the start of production and that he was still set to star in the film. A few hours later, however, Emmerich again reached out to the website to say Baldwin wanted out of the film if possible.
Before Baldwin was cast, Will Ferrell and Steve Carell were both offered the role and passed. The '30 Rock' star is still attached to Woody Allen's next film, an untitled comedy set in Rome and co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and 'Life Is Beautiful' star Roberto Benigni.
Baldwin has yet to elaborate on exactly what medical condition Emmerich was referring to in his statement to Deadline. 'Rock of Ages' hits theaters June 1, 2012.