Did Galaga save the life of actor Alec Baldwin? Moments of Clarity, a new book about addiction, points to Baldwin's own struggles with substance abuse, bouts of which he came down from with arcade games.
Baldwin writes in his own testimonial "I would play video games from, like, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and I would wind down. Then I'd go home and go to bed."
"This was the only way I could go 'beta' and go into that state I needed to be, where I could calm down and take my mind off everything," the actor wrote, claiming that playing the arcade version of Galaga at a warehouse was his downer.
Baldwin writes that it was the arcade's operator, a man named Julian, who was partially responsible for his own "moment of clarity."
"Julian would put the key in the lock and open the door, and he would just kind of look at me like, 'Wow, I'm glad I'm not you.'" Baldwin writes. "You got no idea, Julian. Julian, I need you. I need you to get that key and open the f- - -ing door and let me in. I got to play 'Galaga.' "
Hey, we've all been there. I might've been hopped up on Fun Dip, but I can still relate.