Alec Baldwin gets owned in the most awkward classical music interview ever

17 October 2014, 16:31 | Updated: 6 January 2017, 14:45

During the intermission of a 2011 New York Philharmonic concert, Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin was set the task of interviewing the orchestra's conductor, Alan Gilbert. He did not do a good job.

It begins amiably enough, with Baldwin and Gilbert chatting about the merits of the Tchaikovsky's music for The Nutcracker. But when Baldwin suggests to Gilbert that modern composers deliberately compose difficult, inaccessible music, the conductor is swift to disagree. 

Alan Gilbert was all like:

"I completely disagree, actually. With both parts of your question."

And Alec Baldwin was all like: 

Baldwin was then quick to blame his researchers:

"You know, one of the great things about me hosting the live broadcast of Live From The Lincoln Centre is that there's a staff of people who work here, and they tee up these balls for you, the questions, they have me ask a question and then you say, 'Well of course not, that's idiotic!'"

Then Gilbert turns the tables

Gilbert turns the exact same question back to Baldwin. It's fair to say that Baldwin doesn't handle it all that well. He rambles quite exquisitely about how "Jazz is closer to classical music than it is to popular music," and admits that he has "an admitted prejudice where I think classical music has to be written in the 18th century. And certainly the 19th century. And some people in the 20th century."

You'd better mop your brow, Baldwin

Mop it good.


Witness the full horror: