Kevin Bacon Explains the Importance of Making Career Mistakes
Kevin Bacon explains why it’s key to fail, and his hope to reboot his VHS cult classic, Tremors.
Released on 7/16/2015
|Starring:||Kevin Bacon and Michael Hainey|
I want to go back to Footloose for a minute.
The phrase you've used is the sort of,
then you entered your sort of mid career meltdown.
Where you sort of, um, self sabotaged.
What was happening?
Well I had a kind of like idea about
the kind of actor that I wanted to be.
I started out because I wanted to
make money, get girls, and be a
pop idol and be on the cover of TigerBeat.
Probably by the time I moved to New York
when I was like 17 or 18, I was like
fuck TigerBeat, you know, I want to be
Dinero, Pacino, Dustin Hoffmann, John Cazale,
John Voight, uh, Meryl Streep, you know.
And I'm on my way towards that goal, you know,
through the theater that I was doing, through Diner.
Then Footloose happened and I'm on the cover of TigerBeat
and I was 24 years old and I was like
this is exactly what I don't want.
So yeah, I was rejecting it and
making choices that were self sabotaging.
If I had been a little smarter I would have
realized then if something good is happening
you're probably better off just kind of embracing it,
you know, you're probably better off
just kind of working it because chances are,
you know, it's not going to last forever.
Were you afraid of success at that point?
I was, yeah, yeah, because success
was scary, I mean, you know, fame was scary.
I mean, it's so funny because I wanted it so badly,
man I wanted it from like the first time
I could ever even dream of it, I wanted it.
I think for all guys, or even
men and women in the room, where there sort of
comes that moment where you're sort of like,
I've achieved something and then for
reasons we don't know we just sort of,
culp sort of that Bridge on the River Kwai moment,
you just blow it up.
Yeah, it's very hard to, you know, picture that
You know, when you're in the middle of it.
Footloose was a great thing but then
the years afterwards were, you know,
just kind of like, many years of what I felt were
personal kind of disasters, creative sort of disasters.
You have to just say, I'm looking down the road,
you know what I mean, something is going to get
better and in the interim, I really love what I'm doing
Movies like Tremors.
Yeah, yeah, Tremors, yeah, right.
I mean, you've said that was a very,
you were standing on the street with Kyra
and like losing your shit realizing
I'm making a movie about underground worms, right.
Yeah exactly, I was just losing my shit.
I'm just going I can't believe I'm making this movie,
it's about underground worms, and I thought I was,
you know, I thought I was in a different place
and that's a very good example because
then we go out, we make the movie, and
the movie comes out, it's a bomb, right.
And I go, yeah, I was right, I never should
have made this, now it's even worse
because I, not only have I made it,
but now it's a year later, it's out, and it's a bomb.
Then, you think that's the end of the story.
The movie becomes one of the first kind of VHS hits,
you know, cult like VHS hits and people love that movie
and I went back, I looked at it, and it's really good.
I've been trying to lobby to remake the movie
because it's the only character that I've done
that I really would like to explore 25 years later.
Um, I've been you, you know, really really
you know, hoping to reboot it, it's not
[Michael] Is there a script?
There's no script, there's no interest frankly.