Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video
Stephen Baldwin (left) partnered with singer Cory Lamb on the video "Break the Cycle"
May 20th, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) - Singer Cory Lamb’s new single is called “Break the Cycle,” a song about going from the world where you exist for yourself to one where you live for God.

“It’s about being in the world, not of it,” Lamb said recently by phone from New York.

The message of the song resonates with Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of the acting Baldwin siblings and a devout Christian who has been known to share his story of redemption - and his own breaking of “the cycle.”

Baldwin, who says he was born again shortly after the attacks of 9/11, directed the video for Lamb’s debut song on his new CD, also entitled “Break the Cycle.” It’s the first time Baldwin has ever directed a music video. But he seemed unfazed by being behind the camera instead of being in his usual spot out front.

“I was pretty jazzed when someone [from the PR agency both men use] gave me the song,” Baldwin said. “It’s just my natural creative excitement. I got a vision in my head, and pretty much what you see in the video is what came to me the first time I heard the song.”

He said he relied on his experience on sets, as well as his "organic" learning process about how to take what's on paper and in his mind and setting it on film. Baldwin has been in more than 60 movies and said he’s been told many times by producers that he should try directing. Nothing surprised him about the video-making process, he said, except how much fun he had.

Lamb said he loved working with Baldwin, whom he knew as the character “Barney Rubble” in the live-action film "The Flintstones," and had his nervousness quickly allayed when he met the high-intensity Baldwin, who was yin to his low-key yang.

“I’m easygoing and he’s full of energy,” Lamb said. “He really loves what he does.”

The video was shot for the most part with the help of film students at Florida State University.

“They were a real blessing,” Baldwin said. “It was a little bit of a risk to use the kids, but many of them knew as much as the people on the crews of the movies I’ve been in. That’s not an exaggeration.”

Each day, Baldwin would gather together a small group and pray before beginning work. It wasn’t a big group prayer, he said, because he wanted to respect the feelings of everyone on the set.

“We didn’t want to be too forward with the other members of the crew,” he said. “They knew what we were about. I prefer to lead by example.”

Lamb, who defines his music not as Christian per se but as having a positive message, said he was like a fish out of water as an actor. But he said the actor-turned-director got a good performance out of him in typical Stephen Baldwin fashion - with enthusiastic correction.

“He yelled sometimes, but he did it in a loving way,” Lamb said. “He was very driven by his vision.”

Lamb has the potential to act in longer-form projects, Baldwin said. But he’s so impressed by Lamb’s songs.

“He has such vision,” Baldwin said. “And I was totally blown away by his music. He has a very unique sound.”

Their paths will separate for now. Baldwin has been working on two faith-based films, including one called "I’m In Love With The Church Girl." He’s also considering a feature-film directing opportunity. Lamb is focused on touring and, when that is done, wants to go on a mission trip to Haiti with the Christian nonprofit Conduit Mission.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith • Florida • Music • TV

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. James Black


    June 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  2. Fact

    "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
    2 Corinthians 4:3-5 (in Context)

    June 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • JacklynD

      and so says the word of man... My God is in my heart not words stagnant on a page used to herd the masses together.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:59 am |
  3. Frank Cardenas

    Stephen and William Baldwin are both a couple of fundamentalist-nut-cases. Anything that has to do with either of them has to be "left-behind"!

    June 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  4. bob

    one time I pooped...it had an IQ 7 points higher than Mr Badlwin. Howevere, in his defense, the poop did smell a bit worse.

    June 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
  5. The Bobinator

    Apparently Baldwin's "organic learning" doesn't help him pick up scientific facts.

    "If we came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?"

    June 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  6. txwtch67

    Jeez, that Stephen Baldwin looks like that drunk, toking, drugged up loser that always tried to sit at your table in high school with his bad breath and worse jokes. Just can't take him seriously in the "reborn" role. John Schneider I could believe, and Kirk Cameron also....though hes a jerk. Just not Stephen.

    May 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
  7. Trey

    "Lamb said he loved working with Baldwin, whom he knew as the character “Barney Rubble” in the live-action film "The Flintstones," and that folks pretty much sums up steven baldwin's "career"

    May 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  8. derp

    "I think CNN doesn't like conservatives and Evangelicals."

    Well, with doo$hes like Baldwin jumping on the jeezuz bandwagon can you blame them.

    May 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  9. CW

    @ Reality,

    Once again.....Reality you must be someone who has nothing better to do than comment and spread your propaganda once again. Let me ask...isn't there an atheist or non-believer website you could go to so you could spread your error'd propaganda? Since you still post one of eight post's over and over it just strikes me as funny....your not going to change me...or any other true christian.

    Hope you do change and gain a true fellowship with other christians and with God...the one of the Bible.

    May 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  10. frank

    You should read his testimony. Awesome story.

    May 24, 2011 at 12:38 pm |
  11. Elite

    Baldwin is so weird

    May 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  12. Ryan

    I'm interested in being enlightened by you even deeper. Would you please continue?

    May 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  13. T-party

    Steven Baldwin was great in usual suspects....great movie..

    May 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  14. Bjørn Møösefåartsniffenson

    Just to show what a brainiac Stephen Baldwin is, he has "H M" tattooed on his arm. That stands for "Hannah Montana." The Disney kid's show. No joke, he really does. There is no actual Hannah Montana; it was a role played by Miley Cyrus, who now really wishes everyone would forget all about that horrid little program.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
  15. PraiseTheLard

    Oh, goody!!! American Popular Music combined with American Evangelism... Can you say "scraping the bottom of the barrel?

    May 20, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • CW

      @ PraisetheLard,

      You know you're not even remotely funny. Make fun all you want...anyone who refuses to believe in God and shuns the grace, mercy, and sacrifice he gave for you is truly at the "bottom of the barrel".

      May 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
    • Rick

      CW: No, the bottom of the barrell are those who are pretentous enough to claim to speak for God

      June 1, 2011 at 5:53 am |
    • Brad S.

      You ask me if I have a God complex... let me tell you something... I AM GOD!!!!!!!!!!

      June 20, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  16. tallulah13

    Poor Baldwin. I thought he was good in "The Usual Suspects" (my favorite movie), but sadly his career never really took off. Just another faded "star" finding a second career in the Christian genre.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
    • Adelina

      His true career now starts that will affect the universe forever by working in Christian genre!

      May 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Sorta like Willie Ames with the whole "Bibleman" schtick.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
    • Rick

      "affect the universe"?

      a bit pompous, to say the least.

      sorry, adelina....baldwin is just comic entertainment.....as an evangelist. as an actor, well, he was coat-tailing on a successful family

      June 1, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  17. Jesus Abandons Religion and Learns the Banjo

    How to translate Hollywood-Christian double-speak:

    "He’s full of energy" means "He's coked to the gills all the freaking time."

    "I got a vision in my head" translates to "I'm plagerizing an old Lucky Charms commercial that I hope nobody remembers.

    "Many of them knew as much as the people on the crews of the movies I’ve been in" translates to "they su-cked beyond words, but that's what you should expect from Christian rock."

    "He yelled sometimes, but he did it in a loving way” means "F-uck he's an a$shole!!!!"

    “He was very driven by his vision” translates to "Crap, I had coked-out Barney Freakin Rubble directing my video, and it's a flaming disaster."

    "Their paths will separate for now." No translation necessary

    May 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  18. Buckminster Fullerene

    Another showbiz type who thinks he has something to say about that which he knows nothing. I am so over this cr-p.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  19. Realilty

    Breaking the Cycle in less than 100 words:




    Added details/lyrics upon request.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hey bro...*(check spelling on your moniker today)...? Or did you mean to spell it the way you currently have it...?

      Friendly -FYI.


      May 20, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • jefe

      He's stuck in an endless loop, had a few too many, slurring and doesn't know his caps lock is on. Apparently, he views himself as a savior of sorts too. Jesus envy, I guess

      May 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Realilty


      Ooops, will correct ASAP.


      The "all-caps" were used for those who wanted to convert the message to a poster for nailing on mosque, church and synagogue doors. The "Luther" Syndrome?

      May 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Reality, how many pages are in that gospel of heathens you read? LOL.


      May 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  20. Miracle Manna

    They couldn't find a better photo? Baldwin is completely tanked in this shot.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Adelina

      This one is still a okay one. CNN does a lot worse than this especially against conservative politicians. I think CNN doesn't like conservatives and Evangelicals.

      May 20, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Rick

      No one likes evangelicals other than other evangelicals

      June 1, 2011 at 6:48 am |
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