Kevin Bacon once had to pretend to be a high school student

By Vic Medina | Released

Hey kids! Your parents might be within six degrees of Kevin Bacon and not even know it! When they went to high school in Provo, Utah in 1983, Bacon might have been their classmate for at least a day. The Emmy-nominated star of classics like JFK, A few good menand animal shelter recently appeared in an episode of First We Feast Name is on YouTube, confirming a long-running story that he was indeed primed as a high school student undercover for his role in the ’80s classic Unbound. You can watch the full episode of Bacon enduring a gauntlet of chicken wings getting hotter than the previous one, right here. has detailed them Apollo 13 The star’s experiences, in which a 23-year-old Bacon posed for a day as a student at a high school in Provo, Utah Unbound was filmed. He admits he wasn’t sure he would make it through being a teenager for the film, so with the director’s blessing he gave it a try and his experiences mirrored those his character would have in the film . in the Unbound, Kevin Bacon played Ren, a Chicago teenager who moves to a small Midwestern town where dancing is forbidden and he’s a fish out of water. Bacon said his return to high school to prepare for the film found him in the same role and experiences as his character, falling out with some kids while befriending others nobody knew about that he was an actor.

He called it “the dumbest rideshare in the world” and said the experience traumatized him so much that at the end of the day all he wanted to do was hit a pole. “It was so similar to the movie, I can’t tell you that,” said Kevin Bacon. “Some of the badass kids were … in the bathroom and like that confronting me. And then there was this big corn-fed guy who took me under his wing and was like, ‘Everybody back off. I have it, he’s okay.’ And the girls giggled as I walked down the hall.” Not only were the students left in the dark, so were the teachers, and it’s not clear if they ever discovered a movie star walking among them for a day.

This isn’t the first time Bacon has spoken about his unusual research method in preparing for the role of Ren. In an episode for Variety’s Actors over actorsKevin Bacon and his Unbound Co-star John Lithgow spoke about the incident. Lithgow starred in the film as the Rev. Shaw Moore, who led the charge in keeping the town’s kids from dancing until Ren changed his heart. The film was actually based on a real-life incident in an Oklahoma town where dancing was illegal until 1980, when high school students were finally allowed to organize a prom and dance.

Unbound made Kevin Bacon a bona fide movie star following his role in the critically acclaimed 1982 film dinner. In the 1980s and 1990s he starred in a number of commercial hits including Tremble, Flatliner, The River Wild, Wild Thingsand hollow man. In recent years he has acted in films such as Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class, Black Mass, and Patriots Day. his new movie themPremiered on Peacock this month. Unbound is as well known for his music as the film itself, with the title track by Kenny Loggins and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams both topping the Billboard charts at #1. The soundtrack was the No. and “Somebody’s Eyes” by Karla Bonoff for two consecutive months in the summer of 1984.

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