Stephen Baldwin blames religion for lack of movie roles

2013-10-21 19:30

Los Angeles - Stephen Baldwin thinks his strong religious faith has had a negative impact on his career.

The 47-year-old actor, who avoided going to jail earlier this year after reaching a deal to pay back a $350 000 tax bill in installments, believes his outspokenness about being a born-again Christian "creeped" casting directors out over the past 10 years, but hopes his new movie will turn things around for him.

The I'm in Love with a Church Girl star told Fox News: "I ran into an old friend of mine - very high-profile casting director - a couple years ago who said to me, 'Look, I just want to say I'm sorry because I've brought your name up in the room a couple times and they were like ' you've got to be kidding.'"

He added: "I just think that probably when somebody calls themselves born again and kind of goes out there in a pretty radically zealous way, professes their glee about that, it can creep people out. I have no regret about that, but I have chilled out a lot more because I'm a little more seasoned as a Christian believer."

But Stephen believes the demand for faith-based films and TV shows is growing in Hollywood.

He said: "The blessing for me in disguise is now after ten years with all this new content that will be in demand, I happen to be getting lots of phone calls now. It's very interesting how that all might work out."

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