The 59-year-old actor appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to talk about his upcoming memoir, Nevertheless, when he got candid about his past alcohol and drug abuse, as well as his complicated personal relationships. Baldwin, whose career has spanned more than three decades, says he got his workaholic attitude from his father.
"I was just obsessed with work and making money because of my dad," he told GMA's George Stephanopoulos. "They wanted to be happy, but they were just crushed by debt and money. But I would go my whole life like, 'I got to make money, I got to make money. I don't want to be like my dad, don't want to be like my dad."
In his memoir, Baldwin also openly writes about his problems with drug and alcohol abuse. The actor stopped drinking in February 1985, after he said he overdosed on drugs and hit rock bottom.
"I think I was one of the people that was lucky that it stuck," he said. "Not a lot of peple get sober when they're young. I got sober when I was just about to turn 27, and those two years that I lived in that white hot period as a daily drug abuser, as a daily drinker -- to my misery -- boy, that was a tough time. It was really a lot of pain in there."
The father of four has made headlines for drama in his personal life, and he talked about his infamous 2007 voicemail to his then 11-year-old daughter Ireland, in which he called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig." Baldwin admitted the incident has caused a "permanent break" in their relationship.
"It's thrown in your face every day," he explained. "There are people who admonish me, or attack me, and use that as a constant spearhead to do that. It's a scab that never heals because it's been picked at all the time by so many people."
"My daughter -- that's hurt her in a permanent way," he continued.
Interestingly enough, Baldwin is also candid about his rocky relationship with actor Harrison Ford, who replaced him in the sequel of his big movie break, Hunt for Red October. In his book, Baldwin claims that producers had been negotiating with Ford behind his back at the time, and has less than complimentary words for the legendary action star. Baldwin writes that Ford doesn't have an Oscar despite his successful career, and describes him in person as a "little man, short, scrawny and wiry."
"I think he makes his choices based on an entirely different set of values than me," Baldwin commented.