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When you think of oil spills, you likely think of haunting images of seals and pelicans floundering on a tar-soaked beach or satellite pictures of huge plumes darkening Earth's majestic oceans. Now a new name is about to become synonymous with one of history's greatest disasters: Stephen Baldwin.

Okay, folks, no jokes about Baldwin's career please. Actually, the star of 'Stan Lee's Harpies' has announced a serious and important project: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin has already begun filming a documentary about the disastrous oil well explosion that is still pumping tens of millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico even now.

Titled 'The Will To Drill,' the documentary is being co-produced by Paul Cohen, the marketing guru who helped turn 'The Cove' into an Oscar-winning success. For Baldwin, though, 'Will to Drill' isn't just an opportunity to regain his Hollywood cred, it's a chance to both explore one of the most important issues of the day while also helping highlilght the plight of the Gulf Coast, which has still not recovered from 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina. When you think of oil spills, you likely think of haunting images of seals and pelicans floundering on a tar-soaked beach or satellite pictures of huge plumes darkening Earth's majestic oceans. Now a new name is about to become synonymous with one of history's greatest disasters: Stephen Baldwin.

Okay, folks, no jokes about Baldwin's career please. Actually, the star of 'Stan Lee's Harpies' has announced a serious and important project: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin has already begun filming a documentary about the disastrous oil well explosion that is still pumping tens of millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico even now.

Titled 'The Will To Drill,' the documentary is being co-produced by Paul Cohen, the marketing guru who helped turn 'The Cove' into an Oscar-winning success. For Baldwin, though, 'Will to Drill' isn't just an opportunity to regain his Hollywood cred, it's a chance to both explore one of the most important issues of the day while also highlighting the plight of the Gulf Coast, which has still not recovered from 2005's devastating Hurricane Katrina.

"The important thing is that as a celebrity I can walk into Plaquemines Parish and get folks to pay attention, to provide access," he said, referring to one of the hardest hit areas in Louisiana. "This project is my greatest passion."

"I want to talk to the world with this film," he added. "I want to create the story of the impact that then crescendos into motivating people to be pro-active in their own choices."

One fellow star who has been nothing if not pro-active regarding the Gulf oil crisis is fellow Hollywood star Kevin Costner, who may end up narrating 'The Will to Drill.' Costner, as it turns out, was motivated way back in 1989 by the Exxon Valdez spill and has been secretly working for the past two decades to develop new technologies to respond to such disasters. Though it sounds like something out of his box office flop 'Waterworld,' the Costner Oil Separator, a giant, ship-borne device that scoops up contaminated water and filters the oil from it using a centrifuge, was developed by Costner's own team of scientists, which he personally funded to the tune of $24 million.

"I'll put as many of these on the water to actually start cleaning up the water and taking out the oil, as opposed to surrounding it or watching it sink or hoping that it disappears, or blaming the next hurricane on dispersing it," Costner said in a press conference last week according to The Times-Picayune. "We've been working in very crude ways. We see these images and we're going to see them tomorrow and we're going to see them the next day, and it feels feeble. It feels ineffectual."

Apparently not ineffectual? The Costner Oil Separator, which WWLTV is reporting was officially approved by BP yesterday to be part of the clean-up effort after a demonstration of its effectiveness.

Which just goes to prove the old adage that in Hollywood, truth is stranger than fiction. Just how strange we'll have to wait to find out; Baldwin is currently expecting to debut 'The Will to Drill' at Sundance next January.