SU­PER DAD THESE DAYS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

A FRIEND gave Dean Cain a glimpse into his fu­ture two days af­ter he was hired for 1990s hit tele­vi­sion show Lois and Clark: The New Ad­ven­tures of Su­per­man.

“We were on a ski lift in Utah, it was quiet and snow­ing and I re­mem­ber him say­ing ‘For the rest of your life, peo­ple will call you Su­per­man’,” Cain said from his LA home.

“I wasn’t con­cerned or felt the grav­ity of step­ping into those boots. I felt com­fort­able and con­fi­dent and liked the char­ac­ter as it was writ­ten on pa­per.

“I un­der­stood what that fame was like but I just wanted peo­ple to like me and ac­cept me as the char­ac­ter. I be­lieve they did to some de­gree and I’m very happy about that.”

Son of di­rec­tor Christo­pher Cain, Cain grew up in Mal­ibu with Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, Char­lie Sheen, Emilio Estevez and dated Brooke Shields while they both at­tended Prince­ton Univer­sity.

But Cain had his sights set on a football ca­reer rather than act­ing, sign­ing to the Buf­falo Bills af­ter grad­u­a­tion un­til a knee in­jury forced him to change fo­cus dur­ing his rookie sea­son.

“I don’t have to won­der ‘What if?’ be­cause I was there and play­ing,” Cain said.

“I got to see the speed and feel the hits. There’s zero ques­tion in my mind that I could have played in the NFL and done well. The part that’s tough is that if I’d been able to play for five sea­sons, I would have seen four Su­per Bowls.

“But I’ve cer­tainly af­fected more lives play­ing Su­per­man and I wouldn’t trade that for any­thing.”

The sin­gle fa­ther to 17-year-old son Christo­pher, named af­ter Cain’s fa­ther, will be in Perth for Su­panova Comic Con and Gam­ing on June 24 to 25 fol­low­ing his re­cent role as Jeremiah Dan­vers on Su­per­girl.

The un­re­lent­ing na­ture of work­ing on Lois and Clark for four sea­sons made Cain vow he would not take a lead role on a show or do a film shoot longer than three weeks while rais­ing his son.

“You don’t do any­thing but the show for the years you’re on it, it never ceases,” he said.

“I was char­ac­ters two and three, Clark and Su­per­man, I’d get six days off a year. That is a tough trip and you can see how it eats peo­ple up and they mess around with drugs and al­co­hol.

“You can’t have any life out­side; your love life is go­ing to suf­fer and your fam­ily will suf­fer. I was 27 and sin­gle, so it didn’t mat­ter to me then.

“By hav­ing done that and be­ing a sin­gle fa­ther, I know I wouldn’t do that now; I wouldn’t take that on for the last 17 years.

“When he goes to col­lege, I might need some­thing to do, so per­haps I’ll jump back in there.”

Tanya MacNaughton

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