Mr. Achy Breaky gets his own series on PAX

By Dalton Ross
Updated March 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST


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Suffering from an achy breaky heart — or anything else achy for that matter? Well, the doctor is officially in when Billy Ray Cyrus, the auteur behind the 1992 country crossover hit, straps on scrubs as a Big Apple bound country medic in ”Doc,” PAX’s new Sunday night drama. We asked the music superstar turned actor to two step his way through a few stupid questions, and hair’s the results.

? So, you’re a doctor. Maybe you can settle a little debate we’ve been having: Do you believe patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and microalbuminuria should receive angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors?
Depends on whom you ask, me or the HMO. The HMO would probably tell ’em to take a couple of aspirin.

? In the two hour movie kicking off the series, your character lassoed a mugger. That’s not really a question, but I just thought it was pretty funny.
Yeah, I like that part.

? Do you think New York City cops should maybe look into packing lassos?
I think that’s a good idea, and that might keep ’em out of court more than using a club.

? I know this is tough, but which was a bigger professional thrill, recording a song with the legendary Jordanaires or with Alvin and the Chipmunks?
No doubt the Jordanaires. Alvin smelled like marijuana to me. I think he was on the wacky tobaccy.

? What exactly were the steps to the achy breaky dance anyway?
I’ve never actually done the dance. I kinda helped invent the dance, but I’m not a dancer myself.

? Do you ever listen to the music of gangsta rappers like C-Murder and think to yourself, what the heck are these guys talking about?
What’s that? I haven’t heard any of it. [But] I have a little controversial song out right now called ”Burn Down the Trailer Park.” It got banned in a couple of places!

? I see the series is being shot in Canada. Are you familiar with the term hockey hair?
Uh, no.

? It’s sort of like the short in front, long in back look…
Oh, they call that the mullet. I’ve heard that, but I like hockey hair better. I think when I get done with this series I’ll go back to some good hockey hair.

? Okay, the whole country is dying to know one thing: What type of shampoo do you use?
Whatever’s in the hotel.

? But doesn’t that lead to some bad hair days?
I would have to say every day is a bad hair day for me.

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