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.”
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.