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17th July 2007

STEPHEN BALDWIN: HOLLYWOOD


Hi Guys,

Outside America, few know that Stephen Baldwin ,a popular Hollywood actor, (probably best known for his role in The Usual Suspects) became a "radical" born-again Christian a few years ago. This isn't just the same "born-again" fad that's been around for sometime in Tinseltown.

Below is an excerpt of a 2005 interview with him by belief.net about his story.

Here is a June 2007 interview with Stephen by Rod Parsley (11 min video below text) in Rod's Culturally Incorrect series. He talks about Hollywood and his new book The Unusual Suspect (A New York Times Bestseller). Very interesting video.

http://video.google.co.uk/videoplay?docid=-4471146019401365508


Audio here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5iw3ez4tznz

His website: http://www.stephenbaldwin.com/

Stay blessed today,

Tony



http://www.beliefnet.com/story/172/story_17222_1.html

Hardcore Faith: Interview with Stephen Baldwin

The actor talks about his new short film, his skateboarding ministry, and why it's OK to call the Lord 'dude.'
Interview by Laura Sheahen
 
Stephen BaldwinActor Stephen Baldwin has appeared in over 60 films, has been featured on numerous television programs, and now runs his own production company, developing projects for both film and television. After the 9/11 attacks, he became a born-again Christian and, along with the Luis Palau Association, produces "Livin' It" videos, which combine extreme sports with evangelism. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and daughters.

On the video, there's a song with the refrain "Hollywood is burning down." You've said that taking an idea about Jesus to Hollywood is like taking it to the devil. What do you think about Hollywood? Can it be evangelized from within?

I have no interest in changing Hollywood. Hollywood is a place so consumed by the spirit of the world that I don't even want to try to think about how to infiltrate that.

Right now, the best way to change Hollywood is to convert the youth of this country to faith so that they can go out and do whatever the Lord calls them to do. There is this extreme movement of the Holy Spirit that's coming to this country, and I think that's going to hit Hollywood as well. I think you're going to see very famous people coming to faith.

Famous people like Mel Gibson, you mean? Celebrities highlighting their faith?

Mel's situation is more unique, just the stars lined up in that reality. The Lord prepared him. Mel hasn't come out and said, "Jesus Christ is this and that." He made a movie and to define or explain all that he talked about his faith.

I think you're going to see something different where you're going to see people who have been looked upon as celebrities and very worldly coming outwardly and professing their faith and their conversion stories. I don't know any personally, that's just my prediction.