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Michael Keaton

Alec Baldwin Is NOT

a Horrible Racist

2/20/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Apparently, "Beetlejuice" stars always have each other's backs ... 'cause Alec Baldwin just got some major support from his old pal Michael Keaton.

Keaton -- who starred opposite Baldwin in the ghost flick back in 1988 -- was leaving Palmeri Ristorante in L.A. last night ... when we started talking about the recent Baldwin incident in NYC, in which the actor allegedly hurled a racial slur at a black photog. 

But when we asked Michael if he thought Alec was a straight up racist, Keaton was quick to defend the guy ... saying, "No, he's a good guy."

He added, "Good guy, funny guy, really talented."

As for Alec, Baldwin's rep denied the actor made the racist comment.

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31.

Nonsense    

I doubt he's a racist. He treats everyone equally bad. He's a jack*ss.

576 days ago
32.

Jelly    

Love him!!

576 days ago
33.

PureRadiance    

Keaton man of few words. He's to the point. Spot on. Baldwins a jerk though!

576 days ago
34.

JDoors    

Funny how some celebs have a permanent "Get out of PR fiascos-free" card and some are forever stuck with the stigma of "never forgive anything they ever do under any cir***stances."


Alec is definitely a card holder.


(Note: I don't think he deserves one.)

576 days ago
35.

Jenn    

I think this incident stems more from his issues with rage than blatant racism. He's demonstrated several times that, when provoked, he has little to no self control.

576 days ago
36.

DaDa    

Keaton was quick to defend the guy ... saying, "No, he's a good guy."He added, "Good guy, funny guy, really talented." Hmmmmm, this form of good means "he was okay to me, he didn't get F'd up on set." Funny guy means "he's actually funny, I should know". And he's really talented means "he will lie thru his teeth and you WILL automatically believe whatever he says". Mr. Keaton, always a pro! Love his movies!

576 days ago
37.

mya89    

Michael Keaton looks like he likes it in the butt

576 days ago
38.

Black    

I guess that makes since one white guy claiming the other is not racist

576 days ago
39.

Nobrows    

That says more about Keaton than Baldwin. Keaton is a gentleman.

576 days ago
40.

Concerned    

Its very interesting how actors can "act" on film or stage but when it comes to impromptu situations like this its so much harder because they're not prepared. Alec, if not a racist, would have clearly made a statement denouncing that use of the c--n word. Look at his guilty smirk today. And Keaton running away from the photographer. His words and actions are avoiding the real issues. He didn't say Alec wasn't a racist. He said he was "a good guy". Clear deflection of the issue. Clear as day for anybody with a brain. Alec and Mel Gibson both need a lot of therapy. Or maybe they just need to work out more to let off that inner stress and aggression.

576 days ago
41.

Suspicious    

Its very interesting how actors can "act" on film or stage but when it comes to impromptu situations like this its so much harder because they're not prepared. Alec, if not a racist, would have clearly made a statement denouncing that use of the c--n word. Look at his guilty smirk today. And Keaton running away from the photographer. His words and actions are avoiding the real issues. He didn't say Alec wasn't a racist. He said he was "a good guy". Clear deflection of the issue. Clear as day for anybody with a brain. Alec and Mel Gibson both need a lot of therapy. Or maybe they just need to work out more to let off that inner stress and aggression.

576 days ago
42.

sophiastormy    

People on the left can say whatever they want... and be called not racist. People leaning right are called racists.

576 days ago
43.

Leighton    

Oh look, some oh-so genius made it scout politics again.

575 days ago
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