Kevin Bacon: ‘I turned down dancing to Footloose dressed as an M&M. My spouse doesn’t prefer it when meals talks’

Kevin Bacon: ‘I turned down dancing to Footloose dressed as an M&M. My spouse doesn’t prefer it when meals talks’

High ideas for the proper bacon sandwich? TopTramp

Because the 80s, I’ve owned a farm with miniature horses and alpacas. We not too long ago bought a few pigs, June and Jonny, who I like, so I don’t eat bacon any extra. I don’t wish to eat issues that I’ve, so I don’t eat canine, horse, goat or pig.

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

Unbelievable. We went up in an plane known as the KC-135 that Nasa makes use of to simulate zero gravity. You fly over the Gulf of Mexico, the airplane dives, and as you come excessive of what they name the parabola, the centrifugal power and gravitational pull steadiness and also you get to drift for twenty-four seconds. Floating is comparatively straightforward on movie now with computer systems, however again in these days, making an attempt to take away harnesses in post-production was actually laborious. I bought to expertise zero gravity with Invoice Paxton, Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, with a stage of terror and pleasure like nothing else.

Tremors is a near-perfect B-movie. Did it really feel a lower above most popcorn photos on the time (1990)? How troublesome was pole vaulting from rock to rock in super-tight denims? JumpingSpider and SimonLegg

Beware the underground worms … With Fred Ward in Tremors. {Photograph}: Common Photos/Allstar

It did really feel like a B-movie. Once I took the half, I wasn’t actually that excited. My profession was in a hunch, my first youngster was on the best way and I felt overwhelmed on the prospect of fatherhood, so I took the job as a result of we wanted the cash. I felt like I had slipped and issues had been actually going south, doing a foolish film about underground worms. However as soon as I say sure and I decide to one thing, I’m all in, and I liked making it.

We had a extremely enjoyable, magical time up within the excessive desert in northern California. When the film was launched, it was not a success. The studio didn’t know market humorous and scary, so it was a catastrophe on the field workplace. However Blockbuster and VHS had been massive on the time, so it turned this video hit that sparked 5 sequels and a TV collection. I don’t bear in mind the pole vaulting. My guess is that it was in all probability a stuntman, however I’ll need to look and see if it was me. It wasn’t the primary or final time I’ve been in these sorts of tight denims!

Might you continue to beat Steve Martin in a foot race for a taxi? Sagarmatha1953

I don’t know. We’d need to attempt it once more! I heard they may be remaking Planes, Trains and Vehicles and was pondering it might be enjoyable to reprise my function. I used to be in a film known as She’s Having a Child that John Hughes directed after Fairly in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, however earlier than Planes, Trains and Vehicles. I had a lot enjoyable engaged on that, and once we wrapped, I stated: “Hey, John, when you’ve got bought something for me in Planes, Trains and Vehicles, put me in, I’ll do something.” So he put me in that little bit at first with Steve.

What was it like filming A Few Good Males – particularly the “you possibly can’t deal with the reality” scene? Kloppofthepops, Prestonian79 and ArthurThistlewood

It was superb. What individuals don’t perceive about capturing movies is that not solely do you do a number of takes, however you additionally do many alternative angles, for instance on Jack [Nicholson], the jury, Tom [Cruise] and me. They saved delivering that scene with a lot energy and enthusiasm, it was superb to see two such nice actors at work.

Did you have got any doubts taking part in such a controversial character as Walter, the conflicted paedophile in your 2004 movie The Woodsman? Would it not nonetheless be made right now? Howlinpete, fandango87 and TeeDubyaBee

Did I doubt it? No. With regards to the roles I get the alternatives to play, nothing scares me. I may be scared within the sense of “Am I going to have the ability to deal with this?” or “Am I going to do an excellent job?” However relating to “Am I anxious that it’ll have an effect on my picture?” – I simply don’t give it some thought. Good man, dangerous man: if it’s an amazing half, I’ll play it. I’ve performed components who’ve executed horrible issues to individuals and this was no exception. Would it not be made right now? Perhaps. I believe I underestimated how troublesome it was for individuals to observe.

What would a person have if he had a visual bruising close to the higher a part of his zygomatic arch? BerengerH

I don’t know. Gills? Once we had been filming that scene [from 1982’s Diner] I didn’t get why it was going to work. However then I realised my character may be very understated and comes throughout as a little bit of a dummy. So it’s stunning [while watching a University Challenge-style quizshow] when he is aware of the solutions to those fairly sophisticated questions. However, no, I can’t do not forget that zygomatic bruising can be a black eye and the solar by no means rises or units on Mercury.

As a trans particular person unable to transition till my 30s, I’m curious as to what you’ve discovered via your new movie, They/Them? TheEvergreens

We’ve talked about being within the desert with Tremors and 0 gravity in Apollo 13. One of many nice issues about film-making is that you just get to discover belongings you wouldn’t usually get an inside take a look at. That applies to the individuals you get to work with. The casting in They/Them was very genuine. It was such an amazing expertise to behave with these extremely inspirational younger individuals, to consider their lives and perspective on the planet, and discuss a topic that wouldn’t have been made a couple of years in the past.

You’re in a band, the Bacon Brothers, together with your brother Michael. What’s the closest you’ve come to a Noel/Liam bust-up? Catupatree

Kevin Bacon performing with his older brother Michael Bacon (left) at a Bacon Brothers gig
Performing along with his older brother Michael Bacon (left) at a Bacon Brothers profit live performance for Ukraine in Washington DC in April 2022. {Photograph}: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Photos

It’s come to an arm-wrestle, however that’s in all probability the closest. There’s sufficient of an age hole between us [Kevin is 64, Michael 72] that we didn’t develop up making an attempt to beat the hell out of one another. My brother was out of the home by the point I used to be six, and we didn’t get shut till I used to be a youngster and began taking part in with him in a band. Let’s face it, most brother bands don’t final. I’m glad we haven’t had our Noel and Liam second but.

Kevin Bacon dancing in Footloose (1984)
Fancy footwork … in Footloose (1984). {Photograph}: Paramount/Allstar

Should you go to a marriage, do you actually need to bribe the DJ to not play Footloose by Kenny Loggins? Kevcoe

That’s true: in the event that they placed on Footloose and I begin leaping round, it turns into about me, and I don’t wish to make the marriage about me. I’m not the star in that state of affairs: the bride and the groom are.

You at all times come throughout as an affable chap, however play sleazy brilliantly, most not too long ago as crooked ex-FBI agent Jackie Rohr in Metropolis on a Hill. Do you get pleasure from taking part in a well-written baddie? Vammyp, onlykidding, and Quicknstraight

I get pleasure from taking part in a well-written dangerous or good man. They’re at all times writing good things for me in Metropolis on a Hill, so it’s at all times enjoyable to play Jackie. Individuals say: “Is it extra enjoyable to be dangerous?” I say: “No. It’s enjoyable when the components are nicely written. It’s no enjoyable taking part in cookie-cutter dangerous guys or heroes with no depth or complication.”

Are peanut M&Ms banned in your own home? Nicolawitters

No. I like peanut M&Ms, though my spouse [the actor Kyra Sedgwick] is the chocoholic and candy eater. I’m extra of a salty, crunchy sort of man. However it’s true that I needed to flip down dancing to Footloose dressed as an enormous peanut M&M for a industrial, as a result of my spouse doesn’t prefer it when meals talks. It’s only a factor she has. If she sees a speaking grape, it freaks her out. When there was the likelihood I may be a speaking M&M, she simply stated: “No, that’s too far.”

Might you have got executed extra comedy? You come throughout so laid again in particular person however a lot of your filmography appears to be like so bleak! OttoMaddox

I’ve been doing the EE stuff for over a decade. One of many preliminary issues I responded to was that the spots had been humorous and that I had a chance to make enjoyable of myself. I like comedy, however in our business, comedy is a membership to which you have got a membership, and I’ve by no means been in a position to crack that membership. It’s by no means too late. If I had my druthers [choice], I believe I’d moderately be often known as a dramatic actor who often needs to do comedy moderately than a well-known comedic actor who needs to be taken critically as a dramatic actor. Our business makes that transition so much more durable.

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