Dean Cain Talks Slapstick, Humor, and Paris Hilton as a Dog

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Dean Cain, who showed off his slapstick capabilities as a bumbling burglar in last year’s “The Dog Who Saved Christmas,” says he wasn’t surprised when ABC Family decided to make a sequel to the comedy that features the voice of Dean’s buddy, Mario Lopez, as a yellow Labrador.

“It’s such a simple concept and so much fun to shoot, why not make another?” he says of this Sunday’s (11/28) “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” — which also features the voice of Paris Hilton as a French poodle.

Dean’s 10-year-old son Christopher was on hand for both shoots, he lets us know.  “He’s a big reason I wanted to do this.  He and his schoolmates can watch it….Very few things get bigger laughs in my household than me falling on my tail.”

Dean says he didn’t learn about Paris Hilton’s involvement in the movie until after wrapping his role.  The fact she chose to play a poodle, he feels, shows “her sense of humor.  That’s the whole thing.  It kind of tells you she understands the whole deal.  Like when I played Superman — you have to be in on the joke.”

Jeff Schenk, the executive producer of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” chalks up Hilton’s casting to fast work and some serendipity.  “She travels nonstop, and we happened to catch her at a time she had just gotten back to L.A..  With her you get the feeling there are a lot of people coordinating things for her.  We said, ‘Any time in July’ and her agent — her agent is really the one who pushed it through — said, ‘Next week.’  So we had to be ready for her in just five days.”

Paris Hilton

As for why she said yes, well, Paris talks about her beloved grandmother’s French poodle being her inspiration.  Schenk also believes, “People see this fun-loving blond, they don’t realize that she is an incredibly astute businesswoman.  She certainly knows all about branding herself. We have this family brand.  We had the track record with the first movie; you can see it and see user reviews of people who enjoyed it.  She took all that into account.”  Then, “She came in prepared and did her work.  I wish I could say that about everyone I work with.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

9 thoughts on “Dean Cain Talks Slapstick, Humor, and Paris Hilton as a Dog

  1. Samantha Marie Newton

    Paris you are such an inspirations to us other blond hard working babes!!<3 Keep it up girlfriend. :)
    xoxox's from MICHIGAN

  2. phreviewz

    That’s cool she has a good sense of humor, we all need it in this world lol. Looking forward to the movie :)

  3. Jesse Mayo

    This is what I have been waiting for Paris has such a powerful mind I am ready to learn as much as I can from her. As she really focuses on business I know more invention are coming.She is also getting her life with the Lord on track we are starting to see a new person!

  4. Jesse Mayo

    Dean is a very smart guy himself to pick up on Paris’s ability and not fall for the dumb Blonde image the media try to project.

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