Kevin Bacon Posts Video Recreating ‘Footloose’ Dance to Celebrate the End of Actors Strike
Just about everybody in Hollywood is celebrating the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike after 119 days, but not everyone can do it with the same suave style as Kevin Bacon.
The “Footloose” star posted a video on Thursday afternoon celebrating the end of the strike and performing his signature smooth dance moves in his unfinished barn. “Is this how I find out the strike is over?,” wrote one TikTok user on his video. Bacon has become popular on Tiktok for his videos of the goats on his farm in Connecticut.
Bacon’s sentiments were shared by just about everyone in the entertainment industry who is eager to get back to work, with actors like Noah Schnapp and Albert Brooks among the many celebrating SAG-AFTRA’s tentative deal.
Bacon recently told the Podcrushed podcast that he hadn’t even realized he was auditioning for a dance movie when he first tried out for “Footloose.”
“When I did the dance movie, I was not a dancer. I wasn’t trained as a dancer,” he said. “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.”
“It’s not a big deal. Just play the record for me and I’ll jump around,” he said when told he would be working with a choreographer.
The 1984 movie became a huge hit and made him famous as an actor with serious dance cred, but at the time he resisted being a pop culture icon and aspired to more serious roles. “I want to be Dustin Hoffman or Meryl or John Cazale or De Niro. I want to work with Scorsese. I want to do Chekhov,” was his thinking at the time, he said.
Bacon co-stars with Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali in Netflix’s “Leave the World Behind,” which begins streaming on Dec. 8. With the SAG-AFTRA strike now over, he can promote it too.
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