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When Cowboys Cry Dennis Quaid has swaggered with Hollywood's toughest hombres. But for his directorial debut in the TV film Everything That Rises (Sun., July 12, 8 p.m. ET on TNT), the actor had to get in touch with his sentimental side. "The movie really chokes guys up," says Quaid, 44, who also stars in the film as a stern Montana rancher struggling to build a relationship with his young son (played by Ryan Merriman). Quaid drew on his experiences with his real-life wife, Meg Ryan, and their son, Jack, 6, for the paternal part. "It's about the issues we had with our fathers," he says. "We're going through them again now that we're fathers."
Quaid's earnestness while shooting the film on his Montana property impressed his cast. In one scene, says costar Mare Winning-ham, the director spotted an elderly lady watching the shoot, cast her as an extra on the spot and coached her through the part. Still, after all that emoting, Quaid hasn't forgotten how to do a bit of macho posturing. "I really didn't want anyone else making the decisions. That's why I cast myself," Quaid says, laughing. "One less actor to deal with."
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