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Dean Cain revealed that he gave up big career opportunities to raise his son as a father.

The 56-year-old actor, who shared custody of son Christopher with his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Torres, from 2003 until he was awarded sole custody in 2011, focused on what he did in his film and television careers. Opened up about the sacrifices. on paternity.

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“It affected my career like I can’t even explain it. I refused to be one of the highest paid actors on television,” he told Fox News Digital at a special screening. Last week in the 2021 Christian drama film “God’s Not Dead: We the People.”

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He continued, “The contract was very lucrative. But I was in the middle of a custody dispute, so I could either be a father or take that job.”

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“It took me a second, not even a second,” Cain said.

Cain and Torres were engaged in an 18-month custody battle, which in 2003 led to the former couple being awarded joint custody of their then 2-year-old son.

In 2011, the “Vendetta” star assumed sole custody of Christopher, an arrangement that was mutually agreed upon by Cain and Torres so that their son could be raised in a home.

Cain told Fox News Digital that her own experience as an adopter influenced her decision to prioritize parenthood over career. The actor and his older brother Roger were adopted by film director Christopher Cain in 1969 after marrying his mother, Sharon Thomas. Cain’s own son, Christopher, is named after his adoptive father.

“As soon as I was presented with the option, it was like, ‘I’m going to be a father,'” he said. “My father adopted me when I was 4 years old and I know how important it was to my life.”

Dean Cain shared custody of son Christopher with his ex-girlfriend, Samantha Torres, from 2003 until he was awarded sole custody in 2011.  Dean and Christopher are pictured in 2017.

He continued, “Nothing in my life has been such a big factor in raising my father. Father at home is such a big, important issue here in America and all over the world. Statistics show that A child without a father at home, especially a son, is more likely to be in jail or in trouble.”

Cain concluded, “And I think that’s hugely important, and I’ll never change what I’ve done in terms of father versus career.”

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In 2014, the Michigan native starred in Harold Cronk’s Christian drama “God’s Not Dead.” He played atheist businessman Mark Shelley in the film, which was a box-office hit, grossing $62 million on a $2 million budget.

Cain said he enjoys acting in faith and family films and has chosen roles in those genres because of his son. He recalled that “God’s Not Dead” was one of the first faith-based films he starred in and that Christopher attended a screening of the film with his high school class.

“The whole school went and saw it, and it had an effect on all the kids,” he recalled. “It really did. It’s powerful.”

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He continued, “I had been making children’s films for my son for a while. He would come on the sets and see us running around with the dog, and all his friends would watch those films. They were big blockbusters. No, but other than that, I was a single father.”

“I couldn’t go for four months. Who’s going to raise my son? No, it’s not going to happen. So, I didn’t, and I made films that could be around him. I also made different kinds of films, but I Saw how those people affected her, and I was like, ‘That’s great.'”

Cain rose to fame when he starred as Superman/Clark Kent in the superhero television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” which ran from 1993 to 1997.

The former “Replays Believe or Not” host said that he regularly attends comic book conventions to meet his iconic character and fans of the show. He told Fox News Digital that he travels to five Comic-Cons a year around the world and was surprised and impressed by the show’s lasting impact on fans.

Cain noted that even though the series was a huge hit when it aired in the 1990s, the cast and crew weren’t able to see exactly how audiences reacted to the show because social media didn’t exist at the time. .

He explained, “When I’m at these Comic-Cons, people will come up to me and say, ‘Your show saved my life as a teen’ or ‘That’s my comfort, now my go,’ [or] ‘I bought it with my grandma, and we watched every episode, and I was able to connect with the characters.'”

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“When you hear things like that, you go, ‘Well, we’ve touched a lot of lives,’ and it was a really special thing, and it was worth it,” Cain said.

“And it was worth giving up four and a half years of your life because that’s what you do when you do a series, especially if you’re two of the three leads. You’re not getting the days.”

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“So, you’re going to work every day, 18 hours a day for nine and a half months a year,” he said. “It gets suffocating, but it makes you feel really good when you know you’ve made a positive impact on people.”

At a special screening event, it was announced that the fifth film in the “God’s Not Dead” series is in the works. Cain, along with other franchise stars David A. R. White, Isaiah Washington, Ray Wise, Corey Oliver and Brad Heller, is set to reprise their roles in “God’s Not Dead: Rise Up,” which hits South later this year. Production will begin in Carolina. ,

Cain told Fox News Digital that it would be fun for viewers to revisit his character, Mark, and see if he had changed at all because “nothing about him had changed” in the first film.

“It didn’t get better as time went on,” Cain said. “He remained very self-centered and a jerk. And he’s the only person I think had zero redemption qualities in the movie.”

“It will be really interesting to see where he is in this.”