Alec Baldwin hasn't exactly been on the best terms with gay rights activists of late.
The entertainer lost his MSNBC show - after five episodes - over a homophobic rant at a New York Post photographer.
But now Baldwin may be making amends. He's the producer of a new documentary "Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" about the Massachusetts Democrat, who was the first openly gay member of Congress.
Baldwin is executive producer of the film, which, according to its marketing promo, "is a rare and intimate peek into the life of Barney Frank, the quick-witted, cantankerous, and first openly gay congressman in the United States."
On the verge of his retirement, Frank reflects on his 40 years in office and the role his own homosexuality played in his campaigns for social justice. A flawless example of when the personal meets the political, with incredible 'bare all' access, this documentary reveals Frank as one of the most sharp-tongued, entertaining, and lionhearted politicians of our time.
The film, opening April 27, features not only fellow Democrats. Prominent Republicans are also interviewed, including former Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.), former Rep. Michael Oxley (Ohio) and ex-Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson.
Frank was long one of the most stand-out members of Congress. He served 32 years in the House representing suburban and southern Massachusetts districts.
The 2012 Almanac of American Politics noted "He was chairman of the Financial Services Committee from 2007 until the Democrats lost their House majority in 2011. He is a savvy legislator known for his keen intelligence and sharp tongue."
The Almanac summed up Frank's economic philosophy this way: "Frank believes in the efficiency and productivity of markets. 'I think people may misunderstand what being a liberal means. I really do believe in the free market. You need inequality in the capitalist system, but we are a point now where we are getting more inequality than is necessary for efficiency of socially helpful. The role of government should put some limits on that inequality, through raising the minimum wage, encouraging unions, providing public - sector programs that help people go to college.'"