Alec Baldwin plays a controversial journalist in the latest "Law & Order: SVU"

Meet Mac, a gruff New York columnist who gets in the way of a rape investigation


Prachi Gupta
March 20, 2014 7:53PM (UTC)

On Wednesday, Alec Baldwin, who is currently failing at his attempt to "quit public life," guest-starred in an episode of "Law & Order: SVU," joined by Katie Couric and Questlove. Mariska Hargitay, who plays detective Olivia Benson, debuted as director in the episode investigating a rape and possible hate crime of an Indian woman.

Baldwin, an actor who happens to hate the media, played a controversial newspaper columnist, Jimmy "Mac" MacArthur, who impeded the investigation. In a bright turn of events, though, the bristly Mac turned out not to be the bad guy we all think he is.

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"I always land on my feet," he told Benson at the end of the episode. "I am 55 years old. My profession is dying. My ex-wives all hate me. My credit cards are maxed out because I've got three kids in college."

Then, with a smile and a cough, he added, "And I never felt better in my life."

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Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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