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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. Weej

    Like the clones of Homer Simpson, each of the Baldwin Boys is a little slower and less finished than the previous one. This one loks like the result of a LOT of inbreeding. I'm talking Deliverence here.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  2. atheistforjesus

    Well, first of all, Stephen Baldwin DID NOT play Barney Rubble in "The Flintstones." Rick Moranis did. Secondly, the song (and the video) is crap.

    June 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
    • heya1487

      He was in the viva vegas one. The song isnt bad, but Ill be waiting for your video and song to be posted mate.

      June 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      He did play Barby Rubble, in an ill-fated sequal. Seems thats about all he can manage these days.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  3. Brad Cuff

    Just another in a long line of so called "born-agains" that are looking to make quick buck.

    June 6, 2011 at 9:49 am |
    • Mike

      You might want to do some homework there sport. Baldwin probably loses his shirt on most of his faith-based work and does it as a ministry.

      June 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • Scot

      I couldn't agree more. If I recall correctly, this is the same Baldwin brother who claimed to be "born again" while going out and partying like an out-of-control rock star and hanging out with Howard Stern at the strip club "Scores" in NYC some years back. Don't get me wrong, I like to party, and push it to the extremes at times, but I don't claim to be 'born again," as it would be unethical on the grounds of moral and religious beliefs to behave in such a wreckless manner the way I do. This is something Billy needs to take into consideration when he makes claims regarding is so-called newfound faith.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Scot

      I need to make a correction on my previous reply as I put the wrong Baldwin down: It's STEPHEN, not Billy.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  4. ABRU

    I hate "faith-based" stuff

    June 6, 2011 at 8:34 am |
  5. Byzantium

    Hey Stephen: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first". Remember that line? You're doing something right, man. Keep the faith!

    June 6, 2011 at 7:37 am |
  6. Techie

    Another gay right wing Christian gay dude? Kinda hanging close in that picture an't they?

    June 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • bob

      Hey Techie I totally agree with you Baldwin looks like an older drunk guy lusting after some young twink

      June 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  7. Marv

    II find it hard to believe all the cynicism on the faith page.
    These days anyone that claims faith in a power higher than their own is a target.
    What can I say but that the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!

    June 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • Rick

      wow.....you're being saved. isn't that special. the rest of us are going to perish and be tortured forever, but only you and those who think like you are going to be saved. the question is not what kind of sick being would torture people forever for disbelief, but what kind of subservient trash would want to spend eternity with such a bully

      June 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  8. Jesus

    Baldwin looks as if he is intoxicated with alcohol or on drugs, on the other hand, his "life partner" is pretty cute!

    June 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • IdiotslikeU

      I love his concept of God is gay!

      June 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  9. Cat-Lover

    They're so gay.

    June 5, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  10. Sean

    He beat us up on the set sometimes, but in a loving way.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  11. theo

    i will never watch the usual suspects the same way again!
    alec is a loser!

    June 5, 2011 at 3:31 am |
    • Jaybird

      You should be nice and at least see the good in people even when they are mislead. Steven's exciting to be next too. You can just feel the heat of his spirit radiating off his solid presence. Very exciting!

      June 5, 2011 at 3:41 am |
    • bazzar

      Good grief!

      June 5, 2011 at 7:18 am |
  12. farbeda

    not to mention the young "women" ( and i use that term as a gross exaggeration) who used to be brought to his trailer on movie sets.

    June 5, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • Jaybird

      ....and more than a couple of dudes.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:42 am |
  13. Capt Crunch

    Baldwin is a loser who hides behind religion and calls himself a "Christian" cuz the he thinks there is some kind of "power" that shields him from being a responsible member of society. Really, God would not single out the likes of Baldwin to deliver a message to Baldwin to deliver to the public in general. Baldwin just hears "voices" in his head.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:44 am |
  14. steama

    Need more Lucifer to Counter the excessive Christian. Satanism and Christianity are the same religion just different sides of the coin. Jesus needs Lucifer and vice versa to exist. Just like a Reese's cup nothin' goes better together better that peanut-butter and chocolate—Jesus and Lucifer (besides everything else they are brothers anyway).

    June 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
    • Capt Crunch

      Thank you! It's a ying and yang thang.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • blondegirl6

      Yeah, it's the other side of the coin alright, Good against Evil.

      June 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  15. Donald in CA

    If you cant act get religion. This guy is a embarrassment to the baldwin family.
    Got back to those D movies and get some credibility back.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • aggieboy92

      If you can't post an intelligent thought, spout hate and judgement. Away with you.

      June 4, 2011 at 11:54 am |
    • Fnordian

      Aggieboy: If you can't handle legitimate criticism, claims that instead you are experiencing bigoted hatred, right?

      June 4, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  16. brisonc

    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.

    The above is humorous because the writer says Stephen Baldwin is a "devout Christian" when anyone who claims to be a Christian would by nature be devoted to Christ and follow Christ's command to go and tell all those in world of Christ and His gift of salvation. The writer also says, "who(Stephen Baldwin) has been known to share his story of redemption".

    Actually, all followers of Christ are commanded to share their story of redemption. That is what is known as "bearing witness" of Christ to others, by what He did for you. The writer seems to say that other groups of Christians are not devout or do not share their personal story of redemption, but all Christians, from the left-wing "social justice" group to the conservative "Evangelicals" should be sharing in these two activities. If any is not then they are not fulfilling Christ's Great Commission and commands.

    June 4, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • steama

      christ = myth......god = myth......the holy ghost (casper) = myth

      June 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
    • David

      Brisonc:

      "...all followers of Christ are commanded to share their story of redemption. That is what is known as "bearing witness" of Christ to others, by what He did for you."

      ..and that's what irritates the Hell out of non believers. Have your own beliefs but leave me ALONE. I don't CARE if Jesus turned you from a drunken druggy into a Bible carrying preacher, if I had a choice I'd go for the drunken druggy, He'd be better company.

      June 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Rick

      I agree, David. As Saint William of Hicksville said "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints, 'cause sinners are much more fun. And only the good die young".

      June 5, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  17. brisonc

    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.”

    The above is humorous because the writer says Stephen Baldwin is a "devout Christian" when anyone who claims to be a Christian would by nature be devoted to Christ and follow Christ's command to go and tell all those in world of Christ and His gift of salvation. The writer also says, "who(Stephen Baldwin) has been known to share his story of redemption".

    Actually, all followers of Christ are commanded to share their story of redemption. That is what is known as "bearing witness" of Christ to others, by what He did for you. The writer seems to say that other groups of Christians are not devout or do not share their personal story of redemption, but all Christians, from the left-wing "social justice" group to the conservative "Evangelicals" should be sharing in these two activities. If any is not then they are not fulfilling Christ's Great Commission.

    June 4, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Capt Crunch

      Baldwin has not broken any cycle. He still drinks and does drugs, then enters rehab, then drinks and does drugs, then enters rehab, and it goes on and on. Please Baldwin, your a loser.

      June 5, 2011 at 1:47 am |
  18. James Black

    .
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig

    June 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  19. Joe St Louis

    When you fail at everything. GOD pays good money.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  20. The Dude

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5St6vwWxny4

    June 3, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • The Dude

      Some people are to lazy to get a real job.

      You are a loser Mr. Baldwin. Suicide is an option.

      June 3, 2011 at 9:21 am |
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