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Dean Cain Happy to Play Military Man in Family Flick

Dean Cain Crown Media photo by Alexx Henry

Dean Cain says he’s getting a particular kick out of playing an Army colonel in his currently-shooting “Operation Cupcake” TV movie, because it’s a part that’s in line with a family tradition.  “I have a lot of military in my family, and have enormous respect for men and women in uniform, so this is a great thing for me,” says the actor who rose to fame as the Superman of the 1990s. 

According to Cain, his grandfather was a commander in the Navy, his uncle a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force.  “I’ve been out to Iraq with our troops.  I’ve visited them all around here.  I’ll do anything I can, charity-wise, to support them — the Wounded Warrior project.  Those guys, those men and women, are amazing, and I can’t do enough to support them,” he says.

As you no doubt deduced from the title, Cain’s character isn’t going to be seen in the middle of a war zone.  “My character has missed a lot of his kid’s life because he’s always been away on deployment.  So he’s back for a couple of months, and he’s considering whether to be promoted to a general or to leave the military.  It’s really about a guy coming back and trying to get back into a family.”  Kristy Swanson also stars as Cain’s wife.

In his real life, Cain is the devoted father of Christopher, 11, who sometimes travels with him to film locales — and in consideration of whom he likes doing family-friendly fare.  “My son is perfect, wonderful.  He’s so tall and so funny and so sweet.  He’s such a good boy,” he extols.  “I’m more proud about being his Dad than anything in the world.  He just got his report card and it was really good so I’m very happy.”

Stacy Keibler

MEANWHILE:  “Operation Cupcake” is among nine original movies that the Hallmark Channel plans to air the first half of 2012.  And Cain was among the stars on hand the other night for the elegant sit-down dinner hosted by Crown Media Networks for visiting press at Pasadena’s landmark Tournament House, official home of the Tournament of Roses.  Also there were names including Steven Weber, Luke Perry, Candace Cameron Bure, Jane Seymour, Jamie Kennedy, Valerie Harper, Vivica Fox, Joely Fisher and the gorgeous Stacy Keibler, a.k.a. George Clooney’s girlfriend, who is not one of those tall women who wear flats to downplay their height. 

The 5’11” former WWE Diva with the famously long legs wore black pumps with rhinestone-encrusted heels that raised her into the stratosphere, towering over most of the guests.  She was an absolute knockout in her very short, white and black scoop-neck dress.

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

Dean Can with Real Rich Bitch ABC Family Photo

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.”