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.”
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.”