Political Office In Alec Baldwin's Future?

Actor Talks To Morley Safer About His Career, Personal Life, And Possible Future Plans

"As appalling as what you said may be, even more appalling was that it was released by someone," Safer points out.

"That tells you what I'm dealing with," Baldwin says. "But you know, listen, you use words like 'appalled' and you have, if I may say so, a pretty judgmental tone of me. But I think that as truly sorry as I am that that happened, to me it only illustrates how difficult this process has become for many, many people."

He wrote a book about divorce and parental alienation and says he has repaired his relationship with his daughter, and maintains that acting is not his life.

"There's other things I wanna do. I mean, in a matter of weeks, I'm gonna be 50. And I have other things," Baldwin says.

"You're a young man," Safer remarks.

"By '60 Minutes' correspondent terms, I am a young man. I mean, I'm getting pretty close to the 'Law & Order' judge phase of my career, you know," Baldwin says, banging on the table. "'Aright, order. Everyone, order. Continue, counselor.'"

And at 51, he says he still hasn't given up his childhood dream of being a politician. "There's no age limit on running for office, to a degree. Something I might do, one day," Baldwin says.

"If you think being an actor puts you under public scrutiny…," Safer says.

"If you go through the things I've gone through in the media, like this thing with my daughter, there's only one thing that comes to mind initially that is how my daughter must have felt to have this played out in public. The second thing I realize is, you can pretty much bet everything you own that I would never leave another voicemail message for my daughter that wasn't just like something out of a Rogers and Hammerstein score. 'How are you today, my little darling,'" Baldwin says. "You know, whatever. I mean you really, really manage…you know what I mean? You learn. You learn."

Produced by Deirdre Naphin and Katy Textor