Actor Stephen Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter this week that being a Christian in Hollywood has negatively impacted his career.
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Speaking to Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter in a publicity stop for his new show, "The Great American Pilgrimage," Baldwin said that he isn't completely bothered being known as "the Jesus freak of Hollywood" but added that there is a drawback.
Bond asked Baldwin, "Does it bother you to be known as 'the Jesus freak of Hollywood'?"
"Yes and no," Baldwin answered. "It’s unfortunate that because I have believed in Jesus for 15 years that there are many in Hollywood who are unwilling to work with me. That’s not a guess. Casting people and producers have told me that they’ve brought up my name in a room and the response was, 'No way, we’re not bringing that guy and his Bible over here.'"
Bond followed the question up by asking Baldwin if he, a known President Donald Trump supporter, receives more flak for his outward support of Trump or his outspoken Christian values — a question he initially dodged with a well-crafted response.
"Does your Christianity hurt you more than your Trump support?" Bond asked.
Laughing during his response, Baldwin answered, "Wow. Let me see. Who do I take more persecution from, Trump or Jesus? That’s an interesting question, my friend. I’m certainly happy we can giggle about it."
"Humor was invented by Jesus," he continued. "Please put that in the interview so all those fabulous people in Hollywood can read that Baldwin said Jesus invented humor."
The interview continued, but Baldwin eventually circled back to Bond's question about Trump and Jesus.
"I don’t think I ever answered your question — who have I been persecuted more for: Trump or Jesus?" Baldwin said. "The answer is, of course, Jesus. But President Trump is a not-too-far-behind, very close second."