In his best films, Kevin Bacon has danced, he has fought, he has fallen in love, he has investigated and, above all, he has conquered .
To who? To the public, of course. He is an incredibly charismatic actor who, although he has never become one of those great massive Hollywood stars who rise up as the absolute protagonists of his films and win many Oscars, has managed to maintain himself by finding roles in renowned productions and risky projects. He’s worked with filmmakers like Clint Eastwood, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard and Rob Reiner, and he’s one of those legends who gets along with his nostalgic legacy and takes advantage of it whenever he can.
Of course, in large part we are talking about ‘Footloose’: Bacon became an eighties star with this film full of dance and music , and where the actor showed that he knew how to move and conquer with his blue eyes, his white tank tops and his pants extremely tight jeans. This classic gave way to another, ‘Tremors’, already in the 90s, a fantasy film for the whole family that would once again elevate the actor.
‘The Challenge – Frost vs. Nixon’ (Ron Howard, 2008)
In Ron Howard ‘s acclaimed film about David Frost ‘s famous interviews with US President Richard Nixon , the acting duel between Frank Langella and Charlie Sheen outshone the rest of the cast, including Kevin Bacon playing Chief of Staff Jack Brennan. Even so, it cannot be denied that it is one of his best films, with or without his leading role on stage. We can consider it one of the best biopics in the history of cinema.
‘Sleepers’ (Barry Levinson, 1996)
With Brad Pitt , Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman in the cast, Kevin Bacon could not have been better accompanied in this film by Barry Levinson , with whom the actor had already worked on ‘Diner’. The story follows a group of troubled kids who move from the charitable churches of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in the 1960s to being sent to a correctional facility. It is also one of Dustin Hoffman’s best movies.
‘JFK (Cold Case)’ (Oliver Stone, 1991)
In a rather brief but juicy supporting role in this acclaimed Oliver Stone film , Bacon plays a young prostitute who seems to have important information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . “I had already played a hustler in a play. But this movie totally changed my life. From then on they started calling me for all kinds of characters,” recalls Bacon. It is, of course, one of Oliver Stone’s best films.
‘X-Men: First Class’ (Matthew Vaughn, 2011)
Bacon was such a fan of Matthew Vaughn ‘s previous film , ‘Kick-Ass’, that it was the reason he agreed to become the evil Sebastian Shaw in what many consider one of the best installments of the X-Men franchise. Bacon affirms that he was inspired by the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner , to create this former Nazi scientist, the antagonist of the leading superheroes embodied by James McAvoy and company. Do you know what the order of the X-Men movies is like? It is important!
‘The Woodcutter’ (Nicole Kassell, 2004)
In one of his best roles of all time, Kevin Bacon plays a pedophile who, after 12 years in jail, tries to rebuild his life and suppress his darkest impulses. An excellent job in which he manages to humanize a monster, through the directing talent of Nicole Kassell , and for which he earned a nomination at the Satellite Awards.
‘Tremors’ (Ron Underwood, 1990)
Over 30 and looking for a second life as an actor in Hollywood, Kevin Bacon starred in this 90s horror film classic that would lead to four sequels and a TV series. The actor gives life to a young inhabitant of a small town lost in the Nevada Desert that is invaded by mysterious monsters that live underground.
‘Diner’ (Barry Levinson, 1982)
Barry Levinson ‘s directorial debut , a film with autobiographical overtones about a group of friends in their 20s who get together to celebrate the wedding of one of them, featured Bacon in the cast along with other performers such as Mickey Rourke or Steve Guttenberg . The success of ‘Diner’ and, later, of ‘Footloose’ (1984) made Bacon one of the stars of the moment.
‘Footloose’ (Herbert Ross, 1984)
This film breathes the eighties spirit, and also became one of the most successful of the time. The plot might have been taken on a leash, but Kevin Bacon ‘s electrifying dance moves completely sold out this tale of teenage rebellion. Directed by Herbert Ross , it tells how a young man from Chicago arrives in a small town to discover that music and dancing are prohibited. Plus, it has one of the best proms in movie history.
‘Mystic River’ (Clint Eastwood, 2003)
Again Kevin Bacon acts as a counterpoint to the two great protagonists of the show: Sean Penn and Tim Robbins , both Oscar nominees. The actor plays Sean Devine, a Boston police officer investigating the murder of the daughter of his friend Jimmy Markum (Penn). A case reminiscent of the past in which another childhood friend, Dave Boyle (Robbins), could be involved. In Clint Eastwood’s filmography, this movie is among the best.
‘Apollo 13’ (Ron Howard, 1995)
Winner of two Oscars and one of the blockbusters of the 90s, Ron Howard ‘s film sent Kevin Bacon aboard an American lunar mission with Tom Hanks and Bill Paxton . A rough space expedition based on the Apollo 13 accident in 1970 in which the actor played astronaut Jack Swigert. Of course, it is one of the best Tom Hanks movies. A whole classic!