I thought I was the only one! Alec is so annoying that when I watch the Essentials on TCM, I have to plug my ears when he talks, because it's apparently all about him. Even when they showed A Streetcar Named Desire, he just had to talk about how he played Stanley on Broadway, and how hard it was, etc. The whole time, I was thinking, "Dude, I do not care. I want to see the awesomeness of Marlon Brando, kthanxbai."
It doesn't surprise me he pulls stunts like the aforementioned one in the OP.