Kevin Bacon Reveals Why He Struggled as a Lead Actor After 'Footloose'

Kevin Bacon opens up about his journey in Hollywood

by Zain ul Abedin
Kevin Bacon Reveals Why He Struggled as a Lead Actor After 'Footloose'
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Kevin Bacon recently shared his thoughts on why he struggled as a leading actor "for a lot of years." The actor, known for his upcoming roles in Netflix's "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley" and Ti West’s "MaXXXine" rose to prominence in the 1980s with movies like "Friday the 13th" and "Footloose" in which he was 23 years of age.

In the new interview, thinking about the beginning of the career Bacon said that he was ravenously hungry for success, and for creative satisfaction, and money, and girls, and fame - all the coolness. Although Bacon got the fame from the "Footloose" in 1984, he failed to live up expectations.

Bacon, now 65, added to The Guardian, "Yeah, there was a lot of pressure in it when it finally happened. I’m not sure that I was really ready." After Footloose, Bacon’s roles in films at the end of the 1980s did not end well.

Such pictures as "Quicksilver," "White Water Summer," "End of Line," "She’s Having A Baby," "Criminal Law" and "The Big Picture" have either been poorly reviewed or undesirably flopping at the box office. "I continued doing leads for a lot of years, but I wasn’t really doing it very well," admitted Bacon.

"I was doing it OK. But the movies weren’t successful. My picker was off. Like, I couldn’t choose! I didn’t want anybody’s advice. I was making some bad mistakes."

Career Reassessment

Bacon later on changed his mind, feeling that he did not require lead stardom as a way of getting personal satisfaction.

He accepted the fact he was not on the call sheet as the head of the team. It is through this change of mindset that he is corrected about his acting development, becoming the actor he truly is. Though in 1990, Bacon stability in his career came with the successful movies "Tremors" and "Flatliners." After that, he did memorable supporting roles in "JFK," "A Few Good Men," "The River Wild," "Apollo 13," and "Sleepers." "When I kind of rethought it, and rethought about the possibility of being number 10 on a call-sheet, or number two, or number 25, or whatever – that’s when I figured out who I was as an actor," the actor said, adding: "So I no longer have a problem doing a small part." He said, "As long as I feel like it’s a good part, an interesting part, something cool, I got no problem moving down a call-sheet." Aside from acting, Bacon is married to Kyra Sedgwick, an actress, and has been together for 35 years, also being a musician.

They admire him performing with his brother Michael, for he founded The Bacon Brothers in 1995 and to date, they have released seven albums.