Actor Dean Cain, famously known for depicting Superman on the big screen, has hung up his cape and has joined the police force.
Earlier this week, Cain was sworn in as a reserve officer at the Saint Anthony Idaho Police Department and wore his new uniform during an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
In the interview, Cain said he was prompted to join the force because he has always maintained a “tremendous respect” for law enforcement, the military, and first responders. The actor said he was invited to join the police force and did not wish to miss the opportunity.
“My grandfather was a commander in the Navy, my uncle was a Lt. Col. in the Air Force, and I haven’t served,” Cain said. “I had an opportunity to do so and to help kids, so I jumped at the chance and put on the badge.”
“I really want to help out kids a lot, with bullying, online bullying, suicide prevention. It is a big issue up there and around the nation,” he added.
The actor said he worked on four movies this year and has two more scheduled to shoot and loves that he is still able to balance his work as a reserve officer. He added that his law enforcement duties do not take up much of his time and he really enjoys them.
Cain lamented that law enforcement officers are “under a lot of attacks right now” so he is looking to help mend their reputation. Instead of being quiet or joining those people going after law enforcement, Cain said he decided to get involved and put on the uniform.
“The more I learn, the more humble I become. I do. These guys work so hard and they don’t get paid that well,” Cain added. “They are really impressive people and they absolutely got my respect.”
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“As a single father (and a former superhero), I believe I’m in a unique position to help a lot of young people,” Cain said ahead of his ceremony, per Idaho State Journal. “Internet predators, bullying, and suicide are all real and dangerous problems that young people face today. I believe I can help bridge the gap between law enforcement, the community and kids.”
“With the advent and proliferation of social media, bullying has taken on so many different and dangerous forms. Bullying in person, pushing others around and being physical – has taken a back seat to online bullying,” he added.
Also ahead of his swearing-in ceremony, the Daily Caller reports Cain said he no longer wanted to just be a pretend superhero but wanted to join the force and become a real one.
He said, “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real Superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend Superheroes wear capes!”
Here’s more from the Daily Caller:
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After playing numerous roles as police officers and military service members, Cain spoke to The Daily Caller about his support for military and first responders and what inspired him to step across that blue line himself.
Cain shared some of his family history, saying that although he had never served in the military, he grew up in the culture and had great respect for those who did. He said, “My Grandfather was a Commander in the Navy. He was very proud of his service, and he lived his entire life as though he was still serving. My Uncle was a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force and one of their best fighter pilots. He flew F-15’s, and received the Risner Award from fighter weapons school in Nellis Air Force Base. Both men were extremely respectful and humble, but tough, hard-working, and dedicated.”
Noting that many military and first responders seemed to be “cut from that same cloth” — displaying humility, dedication, a “sheepdog mentality,” and a commitment to hard work — Cain said that he felt like he would be a good fit.