Things to know about Stephen Baldwin, Duterte’s friend from Hollywood

August 3, 2018 - 4:48 PM
Actor Stephen Baldwin poses President Rodrigo Dutete, Asec. Mocha Uson, and SAP Bong Go at the Hyatt Grand Hotel. (Photo from Presidential Communications Operations Office)

Photos of actor Stephen Baldwin posing with President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his Cabinet are making headlines everywhere.

Many are still surprised with the Hollywood actor’s upcoming project, which will focus on the controversial topic of the drug trade in the country.

Surprise project from a surprise supporter

The 52-year-old actor-producer is in the country to shoot drug-themed movie “Kaibigan.”

Assistant Communications Secretary Margaux “Mocha” Uson, who has previously appeared in a number of films in minor roles, has been tapped to make a cameo appearances in the movie.

“Kaibigan” will stress the importance of family in shielding the youth from the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to a Facebook post by Uson.

Other celebrities reportedly involved in the production are actor and director Cesar Montano, actress Jean Garcia and pop duo The Perkins Twins.

Setting his sights on the Philippine setting made some question the state of Baldwin’s career.

Others have questioned the inclusion of Uson, who is known for strong views against mainstream media, and Montano, who resigned from his post as a tourism promotions official following a number of controversies.

Baldwin is the youngest of four brothers known for noted careers in show business. He followed in the footsteps of older brothers Alec, Daniel and William.

His daughter Hailey, a model and television host, was recently engaged to singer Justin Bieber.

He previously starred in cult classics “Born of the Fourth of July,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Bio-dome” and “Flinstones: Viva Las Vegas”, though majority of his appearances in recent years have been confined to low budget films.

He likes Trump, too

Baldwin is known for hard-line conservative views, an offshoot of his conversion to evangelical Christianity after the 9/11 attacks. He was panned for consistently bothering other people by espousing his beliefs and reading from a copy of the Bible he carried around during his appearance in the reality show “Celebrity Big Brother.”

His political views have also alienated him from his family.

A known supporter of United States President Donald Trump, Baldwin’s relationship with eldest brother Alec has reportedly been strained since the outspoken chief of state was elected in 2016.

The youngest of the Baldwin brood has been critical of Alec’s Trump impersonation, a staple of comedy show “Saturday Night Live.”

Even his own daughter Hailey has opposed her father’s support of Trump. She admitted to having supported Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections.

The Philippine president previously praised Trump for a similar views on the drug problem.

Some administration critics thus are not surprised about Baldiwn’s warm reception from the Philippine government. — with research from Jasmine Salanga