Alex Baldwin has lent his dramatic talents to everything from 30 Rock to Beetlejuice, so it's hardly surprising that Baldwin voiced two beloved Nickelodeon characters: adult Timmy from The Fairly OddParents and the bad guy from The SpongeBob SquarePants movie. After all, he's been acting since 1980. That's a lot of decades to fill with roles, and, with high-octane entertainment institutions like Friends, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace on his resume, obviously he could pick and choose his parts. And if you could choose any part in the world, wouldn't you have chosen the exact same ones he did?
As is already obvious from him having played the curmudgeonly-but-brilliant Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's finest TV creation, the actor has excellent taste. For the sake of clarity, it should be stressed that the 59 year old is not in the live-action spin-off movie A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, but you knew that already, right? Because adult Timmy is played by an actor who looks nothing like Baldwin, Drake Bell (yes, that Drake, from Drake & Josh). Instead, the oldest of the Baldwin brothers lends his voice to just one television movie of the fairy godparent show, Season 4's "Channel Chasers".
In the episode, after wishing for a magical TV remote control that will take him into the world of television, things get out of control for Timmy. After a masked man hunts him while he's in the Space Spectre cartoon, Timmy keeps seeing him and finally confronts him to find he's confronting... himself. You might have missed Baldwin voicing this character since he doesn't sound a lot like himself; he's clearly pitched his voice a lot higher to be a realistic adult version of the squeaky cartoon boy we know and love.
But, all the same, while his voice may not be immediately recognizable, it still seems likely that the iconic actor was chosen for what older audiences associate him with. Given that future Timmy is closer to an action hero than the lovable dweeb we're familiar with, it feels like those casting the show wanted us to bear in mind that Baldwin has done action films before, like The Getaway and The Hunt For Red October before. As such, deep voice or no, he's a shoo-in for the role.
Unlike his appearance as Timmy, the fact that Kim Basinger's former husband voiced Dennis, the bad guy on The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is all too possible to guess. Namely because he gets to use that great booming bass that we all know him for. In fact, he even manages to push it down a few notches, which wasn't anything that seemed possible before. But just listen to that earthquake rumble of a voice in the clip above if you need receipts on that.
It's a fun role to watch because the actor is clearly having the time of his life in this performance. He gets to be totally over the top as a hitman hired by Plankton to get rid of SpongeBob and Patrick after Plankton manages to steal the secret recipe for Krabby patties. And given all the twists and turns of his character's storyline, you're sure to be pinned to the edge of your seat for the whole of his screen time.
If you've got a spare few hours tonight, make sure you devote them to an underappreciated part of the New York native's back catalogue. You won't regret it.