Kevin Bacon Wears Disguise to Live as an Average Joe, Decides 'It's Awful'

Exploring the unseen challenges of living without fame.

by Nouman Rasool
Kevin Bacon Wears Disguise to Live as an Average Joe, Decides 'It's Awful'
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Kevin Bacon, the consummate Hollywood actor best known for his memorable roles in films big and small, did an intriguing social experiment recently: A test of invisibility. The Beverly Hills Cop/ Axel F star went through a massive transformation by visiting some make-up artist specializing in special effects which got itself prosthetics and organs along with non-specific clothing.

Bacon opened up about what it was like to be a regular guy for one day during an interview with Vanity Fair, and the results were not as pretty. The unmistakably-id 57-year-old actor said, "I'm not whining... I have a fairly recognizable face.

Wearing my hat and shades is going to do jack only so much." With such extreme demands for anonymity, Bacon chose to use professional makeup. I went to an SFX makeup artist, did consults with him and asked if he could create a prosthetic disguise for me!!!

Bacon's Anonymity Experiment

It showed a version of Bacon with false teeth, slightly changed nostrils, and spectacles — enough to render him unrecognizable. At bustling Los Angeles shopping center The Grove, he put his new identity to the test.

No one knew who I was," Bacon said. But the shiny new playground of fame quickly soured in appeal. He spoke about how the anonymity impacted his human interaction, "people were just kinda shoving me out of their way and not being so nice.

Nobody said, ‘I love you.’ I had to wait in line to, I don't fucking know, get a cup of coffee or some shit. I was like, 'This sucks. I wish I were still famous." Though he dabbled in the ordinary man's life, Bacon was incredibly grateful for his career and fame on the public stage.

The king of Hollywood in the late '70s and a full-on megastar by 1984's "Footloose," Bacon has more than that thousand-yard stare to show for it. "I honestly feel very grateful for where I happen to be. That I can have two totally different movies coming out within a couple of days of each other and completely different roles, the fact they would both come my way is the thing that I feel the most gratitude for.

I’ve fought really long and hard for it," he shared with Vanity Fair.