Examiner Exclusive: Actor Dave Foley talks Coopers' Christmas
- November 18th, 2010 2:53 pm MT
Dave Foley and Jason Jones star in "Coopers' Christmas." Photo: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Dave Foley, one of the stars of the new movie "Cooper's Christmas," can relate to the yuletide dysfunction demonstrated by the family in the flick.
"I grew up in a house with a father who hated Christmas and he pretty much try to make it as miserable as possible for everyone," Foley explains. "So my Christmas was mostly in the movies and television specials."
When asked about his favorite holiday classics, Foley listed "It's a Wonderful Life," "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Bishop's Wife" and, of course, "A Christmas Story."
In fact, Walt Disney Animation Studios last year gave Foley an opportunity to participate in a new Christmas classic of his own, a half-hour special titled "Prep & Landing."
Foley lends his voice to an elf named Wayne who, after getting a new rookie partner named Lanny (Derek Richardson), is reminded of the spirit of Christmas and the importance of being on Santa Claus's North Pole team.
A follow-up to the special is currently in the works but Foley notes fans will be happy to know that a seven-minute short dubbed “Operation: Secret Santa,” in which Betty White voices Mrs. Claus, will accompany ABC's rebroadcast of “Prep & Landing” next month.
Meanwhile, in "Coopers' Christmas," set in 1985, Foley plays Bill Davidson, a man who gives his brand new, state-of-the-art home video camera to Gord (Jason Jones), who then uses it to document his family's holiday. ("Movie Review: Coopers' Christmas")
Naturally, Christmas chaos ensues and Gord quickly discovers that some memories simply should not be recorded. Although Foley admits to being born prior to the home video craze, he is well aware of the medium's inevitable futility.
"With my own kids, I do what every parent does and shoot video constantly," Foley adds. "So I have hundreds and hundreds of hours of video that just sits in a box that nobody wants to watch."
Foley spends the majority of his "Coopers' Christmas" screen time in his birthday suit as it comes to light through brief snippets that, prior to giving the camera to Gord, Bill used it to make sex tapes.
Foley denies ever having made a sex tape in his own real life but says that he has gotten quite used to appearing in the buff for the sake of his art over the years.
"Once you get used to it, it's not a big deal," says the Canada native, who first bared his behind in the 1998 HBO miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon.” "I think in Canada, nudity is less of a huge issue than it is in the U.S. Americans are terrified of nudity - drawn to it but terrified."
Foley has a number of projects that are making their way down the film production pipeline, including a comedy called “Freeloaders” in which he plays himself. He also has a role in “Coopers' Christmas” director Warren P. Sonoda's next movie “Servitude.”
When asked about a "News Radio" reunion, in reference to the television sitcom on which Foley starred alongside Stephen Root, Andy Dick, Joe Rogan, Maura Tierney and Vicki Lewis from 1995 to 1999, the actor admitted to being undoubtedly on board.
"We're all still friends so I would love to get together with everybody and do something," Foley says. "I don't know what it would be and I don't know who would be interested making it but I think it would be a lot of fun."
“Coopers' Christmas” (U – 92 minutes) is now available on DVD at retail stores and rental outlets throughout the Valley.