Alec Baldwin to Play 'Controversial' Journalist in 'Law & Order SVU'

PHOTO: Alec Baldwin attends the Torrente 5 photocall, Feb. 5, 2014, in Madrid.

Alec Baldwin just "quit public life" in a personal essay he wrote for New York magazine, saying it's because of the hounding he gets on the streets of New York City from photographers and news reporters.

So, guess what?

Baldwin is set to star as Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial member of the media, for an episode of "Law & Order: SVU," according to a press release from NBC.

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His character, whose episode "Criminal Stories" will air March 19, "questions the SVU squad's motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case," according to the release.

The episode also will be the directorial debut for show star Mariska Hargitay.

"I've watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day," Hargitay said. "Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true."

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Executive Producer Warren Leight added that Hargitay's character will be pinned against Baldwin as his "reporting interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial."

"Katie Couric also makes a cameo appearance, playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case," the release added.

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