The press should be avoided like cancer: Alec Baldwin

London: Actor Alec Baldwin has spoken out against the press, insisting that it should be avoided like cancer.

The 55-year-old, who has made a documentary about the movie industry called `Seduced and Abandoned`, said that it is more difficult now than ever to do deal with the media, reported Digital Spy.

"Now it`s a lot harder to protect yourself. The shell you have to wear to get through this business - I go out the door everyday and I`ve got the New York Post and Fox News trying to destroy my reputation, making false accusations against me and things like that.

"You look at Leo [DiCaprio] or Russell Crowe or anybody who really is at the top of the pile; they avoid the press as much as possible. You avoid the press, you treat the press like cancer because the press`s goal is out to illuminate," he said in an interview with BBC.

Baldwin went on to explain how his relationship with the tabloids has changed since he first found fame.

"The tabloid press was like a little section of seats in a theatre and the rest was legitimate press, and now it`s divided in half. Half the press are malicious and out to destroy you. They want to trip you and when you fall down the stairs, they want to cheer," he added.

"That`s a very, very, very haunting reality for someone in my position to deal with. The way you survive is by avoiding the press. You don`t see Leo DiCaprio go on Letterman - he does as much of that as he needs to. The press should be avoided like a disease."

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