"Alec is also an American treasure, because Alec excels at all three types of acting. You may not have known that there are three types of acting because most actors can only do one or two of them, but Alec can do film acting, comedy acting, and real acting. Film acting. Everything I know about film acting I learned from watching Alec. And from what I can tell, film acting is mostly about hitting your mark and remembering what hand to hold your papers in, and if there’s a lady in the scene, do not get in front of her china bowl. And also he taught me this cool thing: If you have a line that’s really a special line, that you would want to make sure you’re on-camera for that line, take your jacket off during that line. That’s called forcing the cut. And that works, that little trick.
He lets the camera come to him, and he speaks so quietly that I cannot hear him when I am standing next to him. And then you play the film back and it’s there; it’s there somehow. And somehow I’m yelling and you still can’t hear me. He is particularly gifted at comedy acting, the second type of acting, because he is smart enough to understand any kind of joke you throw at him on an intellectual level. He understands every reference, he knows everything you’re talking about, but at the same time he is silly and playful enough to truly enjoy dressing up like Thomas Jefferson and flipping off the audience at The Maury Povich Show. He truly enjoys that.
And he is a master of real acting, which cannot be learned, which is the portrayal of human emotion with an honesty and accuracy that makes other human beings feel things. Alec, on behalf of the cast and crew of 30 Rock, we honor you tonight. Our show would not have gotten on the air without you. It would not have remained on the air without you. I shudder to think what low-rent Two and a Half Men show we would have without you. I guess we might have more money if we had that type of show. But I hope you enjoyed tonight, you are truly Reaganing tonight.” (source)