Born to Be Bubba
updated 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/20/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Aikman knew Cole from the Dallas charity circuit (where Cole provided free soft drinks) and introduced him to the band in 1993. Aikman had appeared in Shenandoah's "Leavin's Been a Long Time Comin' " video in 1992, and when Cole heard about the Bubba video, he saw his own chance to shine. "I knew I could do Bubba better than any actor," says Cole. At first, the band was wary ("I kind of snickered when he asked," admits lead singer Marly Raybon), but when Cole, who'd practiced for weeks, hit the floor with his own style of country line dancing—including Saturday Night Fever-type moves—he was Bubba. "I saw the director smile, then he started laughing," says Cole.
Since his success, Cole has hired an agent and is mulling offers for a Bubba calendar and an exercise video. But no chance he'll get carried away. "I won't quit my job," says Cole. "But I'm gonna have fun with this as long as I can."