Alan Alda on free love commune in "Wanderlust"

Alan Alda on "CBS This Morning."
Alan Alda on "CBS This Morning."

For the past 40 years, many have known Alan Alda as Hawkeye from the classic TV series "M*A*S*H." But since the show went off the air, Alda has become a best-selling author and has starred in more than two dozen films.

In his latest movie, "Wanderlust," the 76-year-old actor plays the leader of a commune. "Wanderlust" tells the story of a couple, played by Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, who lose their jobs and mistakenly end up staying in a free love commune.

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Gayle King told Alda on "CBS This Morning," "When I saw the movie, I'm thinking you had to crack up when you were reading the script. There were a lot of swinging penises all around the movie."

"Can you say that this early in the morning?" Charlie Rose asked.

"You actually can," King replied. Then asked Alda, "Did you crack up? You know what I mean."

"My father was in burlesque when I was 2 and 3 years old," Alda said. "I used to stand in the wings watching burlesque. So there really wasn't anything in this movie I hadn't seen before."

Alda said he had a lot of fun on the film and actually the "spirit of the commune" took over the cast and crew.

"Everybody stuck together virtually, anyway, after the movie," he said. "Everybody emails everybody a year later after we made the movie. We're all in touch with one another."

"So maybe that will happen to the audience," he said, joking. "Maybe they'll go out of the theater -- they'll all try to touch each other."

"Wanderlust" opens in theaters nationwide on Friday.

In addition to his new movie, Alda discussed his wife of nearly 55 years, Arlene -- and how their relationship has lasted, his work in films and in theater after "M*A*S*H," and how he still strives to push himself to improve. Watch Alda's full interview in the player above.