Kevin Bacon: ‘I turned down dancing to Footloose dressed as M&M. My wife doesn’t like it when food talks’ | Movies

Top tips for the perfect bacon sandwich? TopTramp

I have had a farm with miniature horses and alpacas since the 1980s. We recently got a couple of pigs, June and Jonny, which I love so I don’t eat bacon anymore. I don’t want to eat things I have, so I don’t eat a dog, horse, goat or pig.

What was it like filming Apollo 13 in reduced gravity? BellaTheCook

unbelievable. We went up in a plane called the KC-135 that NASA uses to simulate gravity. You fly over the Gulf of Mexico, the plane dives, and when you come over the top of what they call the parabola, the centrifugal force and the gravitational balance and you get to hover for 24 seconds. Drifting is now relatively easy on film with computers, but at the time it was very difficult to remove armor in post production. I have experienced gravity with Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, with a level of fear and excitement like nothing else.

Tremors is an almost perfect B-movie. Did it feel a lot better than most popcorn photos at the time (1990)? How hard was pole vaulting from rock to rock in super tight jeans? JumpingSpider and SimonLegg

Kevin Bacon with Fred Ward in Tremors
Beware of the underground worms… With Fred Ward in Tremors. Photo: Universal Pictures/Allstar

It felt like a B movie. When I took on the part, I wasn’t that thrilled. My career was on a slump, my first child was on the way and I was feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of fatherhood, so I took the job because we needed the money. I felt like I had slipped and things were really going south while I was making a crazy movie about underground worms. But once I say yes and commit to something, I’m all for it, and I loved making it.

We had a really fun, magical time in the high desert in Northern California. When the movie came out, it wasn’t a hit. The studio didn’t know how to market funny and scary, so it was a disaster at the box office. But Blockbuster and VHS were big at the time, so it became this video hit that led to five sequels and a TV series. I don’t remember the pole vault. I suspect it was probably a stuntman, but I’ll have to see if it was me. It wasn’t the first or last time I was in those tight jeans!

Can you still beat Steve Martin in a race for a taxi? sagarmatha1953

I don’t know. We should give it another try! I heard they might remake Planes, Trains and Automobiles and thought it would be fun to reprise my part. I was in a movie called She’s Having a Baby that John Hughes directed after Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but before Planes, Trains and Automobiles. I had so much fun working on that, and when we packed up, I said, “Hey, John, if you’ve got anything for me in planes, trains, and cars, put me in, I’ll do anything.” So he put me in that little bit with Steve in the beginning.

What was it like filming A Few Good Men, especially the “you can’t handle the truth” scene? Kloppofthepops, Prestonian79 and Arthur Thistlewood

It was amazing. What people don’t understand about making movies is that you don’t just do multiple takes, but also many different angles, for example on Jack [Nicholson]the jury, Tom [Cruise] and I. They kept bringing that scene with such power and enthusiasm, it was amazing to see two such great actors at work.

Did you have any doubts about playing such a controversial character? as Walter, the pedophile in conflict situations in your 2004 movie The Woodsman? Would it still be made today? Howlinpete, fandango87 and TeeDubyaBee

Did I doubt it? No. When it comes to the roles I get the chance to play, nothing scares me. I may be scared in the sense of “Can I handle this?” or “Am I going to do it right?” But when it comes to “Am I afraid it will tarnish my image?” – I just don’t think about it. Good guy, bad guy: if it’s a great part, I’ll play it. I’ve played roles that have done terrible things to people and this was no exception. Would it be made today? Could be. I think I underestimated how hard it was for people to watch.

What would a man have if he had a visible bruise near the upper part of his zygomatic arch? BerengerH

I don’t know. Gills? When we were filming that scene [from 1982’s Diner] I didn’t understand why it was going to work. But then I realized that my character is very subdued and comes across as a bit of a dummy. So it’s surprising [while watching a University Challenge-style quizshow] if he knows the answers to these pretty complicated questions. But no, I don’t remember cheekbone bruises being a black eye and the sun never rises or sets on Mercury.

As a trans person unable to transition until my 30s, I’m curious about what you learned by your new movie, They/Them? The Evergreens

We’ve talked about being in the desert with Tremors and Gravity in Apollo 13. One of the great things about making movies is that you get to discover things you wouldn’t normally see inside. That goes for the people you work with. The casting in They/Them was very authentic. It was such an amazing experience to perform with these incredibly inspiring young people, reflect on their lives and point of view in the world, and talk about a topic that would not have been made a few years ago.

You’re in a band the Bacon Brothers, with your brother Michael. What’s the closest to a Noel/Liam bust-up? catupa tree

Kevin Bacon performs with his older brother Michael Bacon (left) at a Bacon Brothers performance
Performing with his older brother Michael Bacon (left) at a Bacon Brothers benefit concert for Ukraine in Washington DC in April 2022. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

It’s come to an arm wrestle, but that’s probably the closest. There is enough age difference between us [Kevin is 64, Michael 72] that we didn’t grow up trying to beat each other. My brother was out of the house by the time I was six, and we didn’t get close until I was a teenager and started playing in a band with him. Let’s face it, most brother bands don’t last. I’m glad we haven’t had our Noel and Liam moment yet.

Kevin Bacon Dances in Footloose (1984)
Fancy Footwork… in Footloos (1984). Photo: Paramount/Allstar

If you’re going to a wedding, do you really have to bribe the DJ not to play Kenny Loggins’ Footloose? Kevcoe

That’s true: when they put on Footloose and I start jumping around, it’s about me and I don’t want to make the wedding about me. I’m not the star in that situation: being the bride and groom.

You always come across as an affable fellow but play brilliantly sleazy, most recently as crooked ex-FBI agent Jackie Rohr in City On a hill. Do you enjoy playing a well-written villain? Vammyp, only kidding and Quicknstraight

I like to play a well written bad or good guy. They always write good stuff for me in City on a Hill, so it’s always fun playing Jackie. People say, “Is it more fun to be bad?” I say no. It’s nice when the parts are well written. It’s no fun playing cookie-cutter villains or heroes without depth or complication.”

Are peanut M&Ms banned in your home? Nicolawitters

No. I like peanut M&Ms although my wife [the actor Kyra Sedgwick] is the chocoholic and sweet eater. I’m more of a salty, crunchy guy. But it’s true that I had to turn down dancing to Footloose dressed as a giant peanut M&M for a commercial because my wife doesn’t like it when food talks. It’s just something she has. When she sees a talking grape, she is startled. When there was the possibility that I might be a talking M&M, she just said, “No, that’s too far.”

Could you have done more comedy? You seem so relaxed in person, but so much of your filmography looks so bleak! OttoMaddox

I’ve been doing the EE stuff for over ten years. One of the first things I reacted to was that the spots were funny and I got a chance to make fun of myself. I like comedy, but in our industry, comedy is a club you join, and I’ve never been able to crack that membership. It’s never too late. If I had my druthers [choice]“I think I’d rather be known as a dramatic actor who wants to do comedy every now and then than as a famous comedic actor who wants to be taken seriously as a dramatic actor. Our industry makes that transition a lot more difficult.

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