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Tom Arnold Gets Into Heated Exchange With Pro-Trump Superman Actor Dean Cain (Video)

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 10/9/2018 Paul Bond

a man standing in a room Actors Tom Arnold and Dean Cain took a feud that began on Twitter and turned it into a real-life heated argument backstage at Larry King’s studio on Tuesday.

“I’m not a racist person; I never have been,” an irritated Cain says to Arnold in video obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Cain, best known for his portrayal of Superman in the Lois & Clark TV series, was challenging Arnold over his September 22 tweet that read: "@RealDeanCain is another @realDonaldTrump loving fake Christian coward which makes Dean Cain anti-LGBTQ & racist. #complicit.”

"Tom, you're a cowardly, slanderous weasel," Cain tweeted in response. 

In the two videos posted here, Cain is seen Tuesday morning confronting Arnold, who repeatedly demands to see the three-week-old tweet that Cain refers to, though he cannot immediately produce it in the heat of the moment.

“I’ve always supported gay rights … Let me finish for a second. You’re giving me guilt by association,” Cain tells Arnold.

The genesis of Arnold’s tweet, according to insiders, is that he objected to Cain appearing at the Values Voter Summit, hosted by the conservative Christian group, the Family Research Council, which, in the video, Arnold likens to “Nazis.”

“They’re hurting people — you know how many suicides of f---ing gay kids? … They f---ing shame them and they try to keep them out of f---ing schools … Please hear me. That’s why it’s so visceral … I don’t want those f----rs using you,” says Arnold, waving his hand in front of Cain.

“Nobody is using me. I speak my mind,” Cain says.

Cain was at the Glendale, California studio as a guest on Larry King Now, which airs on Ora TV and Hulu, to promote his upcoming anti-abortion film, Gosnell, while Arnold was there to plug The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, which airs on Viceland.

When a bystander aimed a cell phone at the two actors, someone from the Arnold camp told them not to record the argument. The witness shut his phone down then turned it on again in secret, hence there are two videos and some of the middle of the exchange is missing.

“Dean was intense. He looked ready to do something if Arnold came at him,” says a witness.

In the end, though, Arnold and Cain hugged it out.

Three hours later, Arnold tweeted: "@RealDeanCain confronted me face to face & passionately shared his displeasure about a tweet calling him racist & he listened to my passionate words saying he's not a racist but speaking in front of racist Tony Perkins anti-gay FRC was bad cause of LGBTQ teen suicides Then we hugged. I appreciate his passion he shared with me but I am sticking to my guns on these issues."

Afterwards, he told THR: "And by guns I mean huge biceps because I don't need guns."

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