Billy Ray Cyrus Becomes His Dad In Hallmark Movie

by | December 23, 2009 at 5:50 PM | TV News

Billy Ray Cyrus (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Billy Ray Cyrus (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

By CAITLIN R. KING
Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Billy Ray Cyrus has been preparing his whole life for the role of Daniel Burton in the Hallmark Channel movie ‘Christmas in Canaan.’

He started digging through old boxes and finding Polaroids of his dad from 1964. Cyrus says he thought that if he could just become his dad -  if he could “be Ronald Ray Cyrus in 1964 – then that’s this guy. Just go be your dad.”

Cyrus even cut his hair to look like his dad.

He says he eventually realized that he just grew in to his dad.

Cyrus plays a widowed father of three, living in Canaan, Texas, at the start of the Civil Rights Movement.

‘Christmas in Canaa’ is playing on the Hallmark Channel through the end of the month.