Stephen Baldwin’s publisher wants its $110,000 back

Stephen Baldwin in New York in 2011.
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Hachette Book Group Inc. has filed suit against actor Stephen Baldwin for $110,000. That’s the advance it paid him for a book that never materialized.

Baldwin signed a contract in 2007 and, by 2010, he’d failed to deliver the agreed-upon memoir, The Wrap reports. Tentatively titled “Ready to Get Dangerous?,” the New York Daily News writes that the book was slated to describe “what it means to live everyday as ‘a sold out, hardcore, nothing held back Jesus freak.’”

It wouldn’t have been the first time Baldwin wanted to tell his story of finding religion. He did it for Warner Faith in 2006’s “The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith,” which Publishers Weekly described as an “exhausting autobiographical report” of “a wild, fun-loving extremist who mended his ways after making a personal commitment to Christ.”

The youngest of the six Baldwin siblings, Stephen followed his brothers Alec, William, and Daniel into acting. He started off auspiciously in “The Usual Suspects” but his career took a turn after he appeared in the flop “Bio-Dome” and on the television shows “Celebrity Apprentice” and “I’m a Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here!”
In March, Baldwin admitted he hadn’t paid his New York state income taxes for three years, a bill that tallied to more than $300,000. He was allowed to stay out of jail to work to pay off the debt within a year. At the time, he said he had “faith-based opportunities” on the horizon.


Baldwin, described on his speakers’ bureau’s website as “actor, family man, born-again Christian,” appeared earlier this year at the Man Alive Christian Conference.

He has got a book on shelves, the religious novel “The Death and Life of Gabriel Phillips,” co-written with author Mark Tabb.


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