He has a notoriously bad temper but Alec Baldwin was unusually calm when he faced an elderly judge in a New York court on Thursday.
It seems the hothead finally met his match.
The 56-year-old was in court facing a disorderly conduct charge following his May arrest for insulting a couple of cops who pulled him over for riding his bike the wrong way down Fifth Avenue.
Judge John Delury said to the 30 Rock actor:
“Looks like you have a short fuse.
"You want to wait this out? Do you want to apologize?”
Shockingly Alec wouldn’t back down, saying, “I’d rather pay the fine.”
The judge then teased the perpetually grumpy star saying, “You were in Search for Red October?”
Recognizing a reference to his 1990 film, Alec said, “The Hunt for Red October.”
“That was a good movie,” the judge noted.
He then sent the dad-of-two away with the warning that if he stayed out of trouble for six months the charge would be dismissed.
Judge Delury then asked, “Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?”
Like a scolded child, Alec said, “Sure, sure.”
The judge sent him away adding, “Be a good boy from now on. Have a good day.”
Not one to totally back down though, Alec tweeted, “NY City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”
Funny, he wasn’t that vocal when he was in front of the judge.