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  • FOX411 EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin has a "back double" on 30 Rock

    Alec Baldwin may not always be there for taping his show, but he shows up for Awards shows! Here he wins his first Emmy for "30 Rock" in 2007.

    Alec Baldwin may not always be there for taping his show, but he shows up for Awards shows! Here he wins his first Emmy for "30 Rock" in 2007. (PHOTO: AP)

    Do you watch “30 Rock”? If so, have you ever noticed how many times in a scene involving the show’s Emmy-winning star, Alec Baldwin, you only see Baldwin from the side or the back?

    Well, it turns out there’s a good reason for that.

    An inside source tells FOX411 that the actor insists on only working three days a week so he can travel back to Los Angeles to spend time with his daughter Ireland. So “30 Rock” creator and star, Tina Fey, has built rehearsals and scenes around Alec’s absence, using a stand-in during filming.

    “Tina saves Alec’s speaking lines for his arrival on set, but everything else is shot with a stand-in,” an on-set source tells FOX411.

    Now, for big stars like Baldwin, it is not unusual to have stand-in for some rehearsals and scene blocking.  The difference is, the stand-ins are rarely used during actual filming.

    “Those [body double takes] make it into the final cut of the show,” says our insider. “There are many back shots and side shots that don’t show Alec’s face, because it is his stand-in on Alec’s days off.”

    So, basically, they shoot every scene that does not require Baldwin’s mug first. “The goal is to have everything ready to shoot Alec when he’s there, with as little stress as possible,”  says the source. “He does not have the desire to be tied to a set six or seven days a week, and Tina was willing to work it so that he could get everything he wanted. Alec can pretty much do anything he wants at ‘30 Rock’.”

    But apparently, Baldwin doesn’t just use his “back double” to go see his daughter. The actor was spotted at the U.S. Open this week watching tennis while the rest of the cast was on the set.

    When asked for comment, NBC, which airs ”30 Rock,” had none.

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