Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Video interview: Katrina Elam and Dean Cain talk about Pure Country 2: The Gift
It's country singer Elam's first starring role; Cain co-wrote the script with his dad, Christopher.
We had planned to interview Katrina Elam and George Strait about their new movie Pure Country 2: The Gift on Tuesday while they were in town on a promotional tour. Unfortunately, Strait had to cancel his Dallas visit at the last minute — unfortunate, but not tragic, given that Dean Cain (the film's co-screenwriter and a bit player in the film) stepped in to fill the interview void.
As for Elam, the film's songstress star — she shined brightly even without the King of Country in the room.
Pure Country 2 was directed by Dean's father, Christopher Cain, and the two collaborated on the screenplay, which involves the rise to fame of (you guessed it) a young country music chanteuse with a remarkable set of pipes, the kind of voice that is capable of lifting the spirits and raising the rafters without even trying.
Given that Bobbie, the main character in the film, moves from a small town to big city Nashville to make her mark as a performer, comparisons with Elam's own real life story are unavoidable, as she acknowledges in our interview.
Pure Country 2: The Gift opens a four-city limited engagement starting Friday, with one of those cities being Dallas. Depending on how the film performs, it may or may not expand to other markets. Check back on Friday for our movie review.
Since the camera crew wisely optimized their audio for the responses of the talent, my voice is a little hard to hear, so I'm including my questions (in the order asked) here:
1. So, Katrina, this is your first feature film acting experience, and you play the lead. Was it easier or harder than you expected it to be?
2. Dean, what was it like collaborating with your Dad (Christopher Cain) on the writing?
3. Katrina, how much of the story in the film reflects your real life experiences?
4. And how did you get the role?
5. Dean, how'd you come up with the idea for The Rising Sons? (a Nashville sushi house band featured in the film)
6. How did an Aussie (Travis Fimmel) end up getting get cast as Bobbie's love interest, Dale?