Best known for his role as Clark Kent in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Dean Cain comes from an entertainment family. His mother is actress Sharon Thomas Cain, and his father is Christopher Cain, director of films like That Was Then… This Is Now and Young Guns. So it isn’t surprising that Dean found success as an actor himself.
Currently Cain stars in The Three Dogateers, about three dogs left alone a few days before Christmas who band together to thwart a couple of no-good burglars who have made off with the family’s gifts. We chatted with Dean about his favorite films of all time, and his love for the big screen truly shone through — particularly his love for Christmas movies. Read on to see what he chose.
It’s just awesome. What is there not to love about this movie? Donna Reed was amazing! My brother wants to marry Donna Reed. I’m like, “Dude, she’s a little old for you now.” I love the way he (George Bailey) was a happy guy but then can get cantankerous sometimes. Jimmy Stewart was just fantastic in that. I love the magic feel of it and I love the whole idea at the end of this person who did so much for everybody else and really stood on his own and sacrificed so much, that when he finally gave up and needed (help), everyone was there for him and I just cry every single time. I cry every single time.
My brother actually says that I am that character in real life. I AM George Bailey. He’s like, “That’s you. You are that guy,” and every time I get ticked off when finally the pressure gets to me — because I do take care of a lot of people — he just yells at me, “Why do we have to have so many kids,” which is of course a Jimmy Stewart line. I even did It’s a Wonderful Life on a thing called “Fake Radio” where we did the entire radio version, on radio. It was great! So, I love that movie!
I’m a history major. I love history and I love the family values and to see how that whole story unfolded. Literally, if it’s on TV and I just watch it for a second, I’m drawn in immediately. The story is so compelling. I just can’t turn away.
Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995; 78% Tomatometer)
It’s got romance, it’s got national pride, it’s got good vs. evil, it’s got history — again! It’s just wonderful. Unfortunately it was a sad ending; I wish it (wasn’t). It’s based on history and William Wallace did go down and it’s a tribute to a good life, a changing life, and how education can change your life and travel and things and then he comes back to right the wrongs. Plus I did love the French queen, Sophie Marceau.
Because I’m a softy. It’s magic, it’s funny, and it’s sweet and just great. I quote it all the time.
That’s a cheat. I’ll cheat because my Dad directed it and I love cowboy movies and that was sort of a reboot of the cowboy genre because at the time, when he was going to make it, they (the studios) were like no, Westerns will never make money. And it comes out and it’s the number one movie out there. He’s a cowboy — my dad IS a cowboy — so he was the right guy to do that and he did it with a bunch of the kids I grew up with: Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen — those kids are just… It was amazing.
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