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Dean Cain About Todd Palin: “He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady.”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 28, 2012

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Last night,  the 3 remaining squads competed in Episode 3 of ‘Stars Earn Stripes.’   According to the website, their mission was to:  “[d]rive into a hot zone, shoot out land mines to clear a landing zone, retrieve a desert patrol vehicle, destroy a fuel depot and ammo bunker.”   The squad to which Todd Palin and Picabo Street were assigned came in second.   Eve Torres’ sharp shooting skills helped her squad  to come in with the fastest time.  A shootout between Dean Lachey and Laila Ali resulted in Laila being the one dismissed from the competition.  Next week will be the final episode, in which two squads will compete for $100K for the winner’s charity.

Dean Cain appeared on Access Hollywood Live and talked to them about the show today.  Here is their report:

Todd Palin may have appeared on reality television before – on “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” – but this summer’s “Stars Earn Stripes” has shown a new side of the Alaskan to America, as well as his castmates like Dean Cain.

“Todd Palin was an animal,” Dean told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Tuesday’s Access Hollywood Live, about the celeb who surprised him the most on the NBC show. “He really was amazing.”

Over the show’s run, which has featured celebrities competing with military and law enforcement members in combat style challenges, Todd has kept his cool as he took out targets, and showed an incredible amount of support for teammates who felt disappointment after struggling on challenges.

“He’s the quiet assassin. He’s so steady,” Dean continued, praising Todd. “In the middle of it all, things go crazy, and you’ll see that in next week’s episode… Some people react well [under pressure]. All the ops are just, I think their blood pressure drops… but Todd is kind of always in that zone. He’s a real guy.”

Dean, who has been tackling the challenges on “Stars Earn Stripes” for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project, said next week’s show – the finale of the series – features some stunts that left his own heart racing.

“We’re scaling a 75-foot cargo net over the ocean with all our gear on [in the finale], and if you fall, there’s no safety line, there’s no nothing. You’re probably not going to be conscious when you hit the water, so some guys are going to have to get in there and get you because that’s a real big fall, and that sort of stuff happens and you just go, ‘Don’t fall,’” Dean said of how he stayed on point in the challenge.

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Todd’s operative trainer,  J. W. Cortes, had an unusual encounter with a good Samaritan – fellow former Marine, Tyler Dodd – yesterday in New York City.    Zap2it reports:

“I was working in Grand Central Terminal at around 10:30 this morning,” Cortes tells Zap2it, “and over the police radio, I hear a call for police officer needing assistance. I responded to the corner of 43rd and Vanderbilt Ave.

“Basically, I see a police officer and two guys in a scuffle. I go to the police officer; I assist him in arresting one suspect. Then the other one is tell us that he’s not the bad guy, that he chased this person. He keeps telling us, ‘This guy, he just robbed somebody,’ something. I wasn’t really that sure what the bad guy had done.

“So, lo and behold, we’re talking, and he’s telling me that he’s an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran. He’s got two Purple Hearts. We’re talking, and he looks at me and says, ‘Aren’t you on “Stars Earn Stripes”?’ I said, ‘This isn’t about me; this is about you, man. You did a great job.’ I’m telling him, ‘This is outstanding, good for you. Dangerous. It was very dangerous. This thing could have gone horribly wrong, but congratulations are in order. You did an outstanding job.’

“He was just so humble. He told me he was a staff sergeant, showed me his wounds. I was so in awe of him, just how nice he was. That’s basically the gist of it.”

[…]

According to Cortes, Dodd told him that he was active in the Wounded Warrior Project, on behalf of which “Stars Earn Stripes” celebrity Dean Cain and operative Chris Kyle are competing.

“They’re doing an impeccable job for that charity,” says Cortes.

Told of his partner’s meeting with Dodd, Palin says, “That’s awesome. That’s cool.”

Cortes and Palin are competing for the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, which helps service members and their families. Palin has invited Cortes to come up next May for some “Combat Fishing.”

“Last year,” says Palin, “they had 250 men and women, servicemen, fishing for Halibut in Seward, Alaska, and all the charter boats donate their time for that day. It’s an incredible event. I think it’s only best to have him come up and talk to Alaska’s soldiers.

J.W. is a rock. he’s a great guy. It was an honor to be his partner.”
Told that J.W. was impressed with his skills, Palin says, “I’m just another Alaskan grandpa.”

Both Palin and Cortes are impressed with competitorNick Lachey, who survived his second elimination challenge in Monday’s (Aug. 27) episode, besting boxerLaila Ali.

“Nick is just rock solid,” says Palin. “He’s a good man. I’m so excited for him and Vanessa, their new baby boy coming within the next couple weeks. He’s just awesome.”

“I didn’t know what to expect, honestly,” says Cortes. “What I quickly learned is, number one, he’s intelligent; number two, he’s a guy’s guy. He was there for the right reasons. He chose a charity for police officers, and I thanked him for that.”

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Suspense is building to see who wins during the final episode of ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ next week.  Of course, we at SPIB are rooting for Todd Palin and J. W. Cortes.

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Dean Cain: Todd Palin is soft-spoken but “a tough, tough guy”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 16, 2012

Dean Cain talked to HuffPo about ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ and his co-star Todd Palin:

Dean Cain and Todd Palin’s controversial new NBC show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” is getting a lot of criticism, but Cain says even if he doesn’t win the competition he’s a winner — because he and his co-star Todd Palin are raising money for military charities.

“The whole reason we were there was to say ‘thank you’ to our men and women in uniform. We are playing for charity and all the money goes to military charities, first responder charities and law enforcement charities,” Cain told me on the set of “New York Live.”

“Todd Palin is awesome. He is a very quiet, soft-spoken guy. But he is an all-Alaskan man. He’s an outdoors man. He’s won the Iron Dog race — a 2,000 mile snow mobile race — four times and taken second five times. He’s a tough, tough guy. We saw Sarah [Palin] and she’s wonderfully sweet. She’s smaller than I thought. She didn’t get in on the competition.”

Admitting that no one knew how tough the show would be, Dean says there were many times several cast members came close to death.

“There are no stunt people; there is no second take,” Cain said. “Mark Burnett [who created the show] was a former paratrooper. He’s a tough guy, so I knew they would make it pretty tough. It’s probably the most dangerous show ever produced in the history of television. And we signed away our lives, literally.”

Dolvett Quince also had positive things to say about Todd Palin, as reported in this article by Lisa Princ at Reality TV Magazine:

This week we watched the premiere of NBC’s new competition, Stars Earn Stripes, where eight celebrities were paired with a military operative in a charity battle, military style, of course. Unfortunately,Biggest Loser trainer, Dolvett Quince was the first competitor to be sent packing, but Dolvett enjoyed his short time on the show, and even dished about the friend he made in Todd Palin!

Stars Earn Stripes premiered this week on NBC, and if you thought it looked tough watching it, Dolvett Quince of The Biggest Loser actually called it “one of the toughest things I’ve ever done,” despite being very much in shape!

How did Dolvett enjoy his time on the show, even though it was short? Dolvett had a blast, but he admitted in an interview with The Atlanta Journal Constitution that his foot (he cracked a heel bone and ligament earlier this year) was not 100% healed when he competed on the show, but instead it was: “Maybe 75, 80 percent. But I did it anyway. I’ve worked with injuries before. I had to make the best of it. I gave it a shot. I’m proud of my performance.”

Dolvett added that since his time on the show, he has become good friends with Todd Palin, who showed impressive skills on the show’s premiere. “He invited me to his home in Alaska,” Quince said, adding that he also got to meet Sarah Palin while shooting for the show: “Politics aside. she’s a great person.”

 

 

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