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COPPING AN ATTITUDE

DANIEL BALDWIN OF ‘HOMICIDE’

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It usually takes two people to do the good-cop/bad-cop routine, but not if you’re dealing with Daniel Baldwin, who plays the brusque Det. Beau Felton on Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC, Thursdays, 10 p.m.). On any given topic, it seems, Baldwin is of two minds. Good cop: ”Homicide is the best material I’ve had the chance to do,” Baldwin says. Bad cop: He sometimes finds ensemble work frustrating: ”My choice would be to let a bus kill seven members of the cast….I’d love to be in every episode a lot.”

Good cop: ”(David) Caruso and (Dennis) Franz are wonderful on NYPD Blue.” Bad cop: ”They came on after we did. Our show is so much better written and more realistic, but everyone’s saying they’re so great. Is that all we had to do- show the side of a woman’s breast and pull my pants down?”

Good cop: ”I play Don Motti (in Car 54, Where Are You?, opening this week), who’s supposed to be John Gotti. The interesting thing is that it’s the only straight role in the film.” Bad cop: ”It’s not a film I would do now,” he says of Car, which was shot in 1990.

Good cop: ”I was very proud that I-a New York kid-did a Western (the CBS pilot Ned Blessing), and the critics wrote nice things about me.” Bad cop: Baldwin was replaced by Brad Johnson (Always) for the short-lived series. ”(CBS) didn’t think I looked like a cowboy,” Baldwin says. ”So they went out and got a real cowboy, and they forgot that he had to act.”

Good cop: ”That was an easy role,” he says of playing an assassin opposite Mickey Rourke and Don Johnson in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. Bad cop: ”One actor (whom Baldwin wouldn’t name) made it real easy to want to hunt him down and blow his brains out.”

Good cop: ”It was a good experience working with Valerie (Bertinelli on the 1990 CBS sitcom Sydney).” Bad cop: ”I would never do another sitcom. It was so boring I wanted to pull my fingernails off.”

Good cop: Baldwin, 33, says he is tight with his actor brothers Alec, 35; Billy, 30; and Stephen, 27. Bad cop: ”We constantly fought each other when we were kids. I got used to kicking their asses. It always pissed Alec off that I was bigger than he was.”

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