Kevin Bacon celebrated the actors’ strike ending by kicking off his Sunday shoes and cutting loose on social media. After SAG-AFTRA’s unanimous approval of a “tentative agreement” to resume movie and film production, Bacon took to Twitter. He shared a video of himself channeling his iconic “Footloose” character, recreating the scene where Ren McCormack dances in an abandoned warehouse.
Bacon effortlessly flaunts his dance moves to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” in the video. With cowboy boots and a barn as his stage, he captioned the clip, “Strike over!”
Kevin Bacon was one of many actors who celebrated when SAG-AFTRA, the union representing over 150,000 film and TV performers, announced an agreement with Hollywood studios. This was after a 118-day strike, the longest in the union’s history.
Meanwhile, it’s nice to see the veteran actor embrace his Footloose roots. In the 1984 film by Herbert Ross, Kevin Bacon plays Ren McCormack, a teenager who moves from the city to the small town of Bomont. The local minister, Reverend Shaw Moore (played by John Lithgow), has banned dancing, but the spirited youth refuse to be suppressed. With a lively soundtrack featuring Kenny Loggins, the town soon embraces freedom and lets loose.
Kevin Bacon Wasn’t Always Thrilled with His ‘Footloose’ Fame
During a recent interview on the Podcrushed podcast, Bacon revealed an intriguing tidbit: he had no idea he was auditioning for a dance movie when he initially tried out for Footloose. “When I did the dance movie, I was not a dancer. I wasn’t trained as a dancer,” he recalled. “If I’m being honest, I didn’t even really understand that it was a dance movie. I thought it was just a movie, and then, where they would indicate that there was dancing, I would just get up.”
However, the Friday the 13th star had confidence regardless of his dance professional dance chops. “It’s not a big deal. Just play the record for me and I’ll jump around,” he told the filmmakers.
The 1984 film made him famous for his impressive dancing skills and boyish good looks. Despite its success, he avoided similar roles and pursued more character-driven roles or quikerier genre fare. “I want to be Dustin Hoffman or Meryl or John Cazale or De Niro. [Let me] work with Scorsese. I want to do Chekhov,” Bacon recalled thinking after Footloose frenzy.
Bacon next shares the screen with Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali in the Netflix film Leave the World Behind. It drops on December 8th.
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