Two decades after skyrocketing to fame with his role as superman in the hit series "Lois & Clark," Dean Cain is still busy acting and making his own films. But these days, Cain is more than just an entertainer. The single father is now a regular guest on Fox News and is not afraid to open up about politics and social issues.
“I’ll discuss things,” Cain told Fox News. “You know, just because someone is an actor doesn’t mean they’re a blithering idiot -- although sometimes,” he joked.
Cain said he is stepping into the cable news arena because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and hopes he might encourage others to do the same.
“I think it’s important as an American, as a citizen, to go and talk about things, to try and educate yourself because the general public wants to be educated on these things and maybe if it’s a face they’ll recognize, they’ll pay attention,” Cain said.
The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic.
“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.”
Cain, a self-proclaimed family man, says it “pains him” to be away from his teenage son and he turns to his faith to help him be a better parent.
His religion has also inspired him to make a series of “faith-friendly” films including the recent flick "God's Not Dead."
“I just try to make movies that I enjoy, that might have a nice message for my son or for my family or for other families," Cain said.
Cain tries to help others in his personal life as well. He’s an active supporter of veterans and has made appearances on behalf of the film "Where Heaven and Hell Collide" — a movie about severely wounded veterans returning from combat.
“A lot of them are missing one, two, three, four limbs and they’re young men and they are carrying on with their lives with such positive attitudes and vim and vigor,” Cain said. “They went from these big, strong macho men to guys who have to move around in a wheel chair and guys who need a lot of help and it’s amazing to see their attitudes.”
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Matt Finn is a Fox News correspondent based in the Chicago bureau. Follow him on Twitter: @MattFinnFNC