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He went undercover as student for ‘Footloose”
Kevin Norwood Bacon is an American actor and musician. His notable films include musical-drama film Footloose, the controversial historical conspiracy legal thriller JFK, the legal drama A Few Good Men,…
Los Angeles: Veteran actor Kevin Bacon says he went undercover as a high school student to research for his role in 1984 cult classic “Footloose”. Bacon said at 23, he was afraid that he would not be able to pull off the role of 17-year-old Ren McCormack, a Chicago teen who moves to a small town, and hence decided to go to a high school to get a real life experience, reported Variety.
“I went and had that same experience for a day. The only people that knew that I was an actor was the principal and maybe the guidance counselor. The teachers didn’t know. The students didn’t know,” Bacon says. The 58-year-old star says the experience was eye-opening. “It was terrifying. I got a real insight into literally how to play this part. It was exactly like the movie because some kids gave me a hard time, made fun of me, made fun of my hair, made fun of my clothing.
I was dressed and looked like the character. Some of girls giggled and formed little groups and would whisper about me,” he says. Directed by Herbert Ross, “Footloose” was about a city teenager, who moves to a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned, and his rebellious spirit shakes up the populace.
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