Almost forty years later, Kevin Bacon has not forgotten the sinuous moves of Footloose. To celebrate the end of the Screen Actors Guild’s 118-day strikethe American actors’ union which after the preliminary agreement reached with the Studios concluded the longest stop in the category on November 9th in Hollywood, the actor he danced in a barn to the iconic soundtrack Never. Bacon, who posted on social media video accompanied by the caption “the strike is over!”, he reconstructed a scene of the 1984 film. In the film the protagonist Ren McCormack, a city teenager, moves to a small town that has banned rock music and dancing. With a rebellious spirit, the boy fights for the lifting of the bans. In the scene reproduced by Bacon, a tormented Ren dances in an abandoned warehouse.
THE FOOTLOOSE EXPLOSION
“When I made the dance film, I wasn’t a dancer. I wasn’t trained as a dancer,” Bacon said in an episode of the podcast The Podcrushed. “If I’m honest, I didn’t even realize it was a film about dance. I just thought it was a movie, and then when they indicated there was a dance, I just got up.” Having discovered the work he would have to do in the company of a choreographer, the actor replied: “It’s not a big problem. Just put the record on for me and I’ll jump around.” The film Footloose was very successful, but at the time Bacon aspired to become more than a pop icon: “I want to be Dustin Hoffman or Meryl or John Cazale or De Niro. I want to work with Scorsese. I want to play Checkov,” the actor said at the time. On 8 December Bacon will debut on Netflix (also visible on Sky Glass, Sky Q and via the Now Smart Stick app) as Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali’s co-star in the thriller The world behind youwhich thanks to the conclusion of the actors’ strike he will also be able to promote.