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

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Starring: Kevin Bacon and Michael Hainey

Transcript

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