Kevin Ba­con reck­ons he can still fit into those ac­tual jeans from Foot­loose.

ac­tor “There was a time when I was like, ‘All right, enough with Foot­loose.’ But it’s hung in there”

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by MEG MA­SON I Love Dick is avail­able on Ama­zon Prime Video now; primev­ideo.com.

When an ac­tor has a truly sem­i­nal hit like Foot­loose, fans still want to talk about it more than 30 years later. Is that some­thing you’ve had to learn to be gra­cious about? You’ve hit the nail on the head. You have to show grat­i­tude for any­thing that is pos­i­tive in this ca­reer, be­cause you’re go­ing to have a lot of ups and downs. There was a time in my life when I was kind of like, “All right, enough with Foot­loose.” But it’s hung in there for so long that I’ve come back around to it. What am I go­ing to do? You can’t fight city hall. And it was a great, life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me, so if peo­ple like it, awe­some. If push came to shove, at 58, do you think you could still fit into those epic high-waisted jeans from the dance se­quence? Could I fit into those ac­tual jeans? I think I could. I re­mem­ber shoot­ing one of the dance moves in the ware­house and the di­rec­tor, he could not get them tight enough. There was a point when they took big metal clamps and stuck ’em in the arse of the jeans to pull the fab­ric back as tight as they could. You’ve made so many movies we got wrist-cramp scrolling through your IMDB pro­file. Does it feel like you’ve been at this a long time, or are you just get­ting started? There’s plenty more to do. I like to keep look­ing down the road. I feel like stop­ping, look­ing back and rem­i­nisc­ing can sort of take the wind out of your sails. I tend to think for­ward. You’ve also done some TV in your time – in­clud­ing a sin­gu­larly per­fect cameo in Will & Grace. Are you ex­cited to be part of a new se­ries? I am. [TV] is where a lot of the good writ­ing is; I’ve gone from a main­stream net­work to Ama­zon and do­ing some­thing re­ally out­side the box. Your new show is called I Love Dick. Were you ner­vous about that ti­tle? No, I love the ti­tle. I love to make peo­ple say it. So you didn’t sug­gest that maybe they could all love Richard in­stead? Oh my god no, I think it’s one of the great­est titles ever. New York mag­a­zine sum­marised it this way: “The show stars Kathryn Hahn as Chris, Grif­fin Dunne as her hus­band, and Kevin Ba­con as the Dick in ques­tion.” Are you braced for a decade of be­ing dragged into these kind of jokes? Ab­so­lutely. Al­though it’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause I ac­tu­ally told my­self when we get on set, I’m not go­ing to be able to avoid making dick jokes, one after another. But then I started think­ing, “Well, I don’t want to cre­ate an un­safe work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for any­body here, so maybe I need to re­frain.” And frankly, I’ve hardly made any at all. I love that de­scrip­tion though: “the Dick in ques­tion”. I also like “the tit­u­lar Dick”. Since it is an Ama­zon se­ries, does that mean you qual­ify for a staff dis­count? We’ve heard it’s 20 per cent off pa­per­backs and Kevin Ba­con box sets. I’ve got to talk to some­one about that. They don’t give

me any­thing. As far as I know, I don’t even get a T-shirt or a tote bag. You’ve been mar­ried to fel­low ac­tor Kyra Sedg­wick for nearly 30 years, which is 29 years longer than the av­er­age Hol­ly­wood mar­riage. Do you get asked a lot for the se­crets to a happy mar­riage? I do. I get asked so much, I’ve stopped an­swer­ing. You’re also a dad to two adult chil­dren, one of whom has fol­lowed you into act­ing. Did you give her some kind of sit-down talk be­fore let­ting her get on the Grey­hound to Hol­ly­wood? My son, he’s 28, and a mu­si­cian, and my daugh­ter is an ac­tress. [She] re­cently came to act­ing, about three or four years ago, when she de­cided to leave col­lege. She’s in­ter­ested in how things un­folded for me and my wife [but] I’ll al­ways re­mind her that she’ll have her own process and way of do­ing things in her ca­reer. She can’t do it the way I did it, or the way my wife did it. I just love the fact my kids are at an age now that they’re will­ing to spend time with us. Six De­grees of Kevin Ba­con was a ma­jor mo­ment in pop cul­ture. Even if it was a lit­tle frus­trat­ing at the time, you’ve since turned it into a char­ity, sixde­grees.org, so you must have a fond­ness for the con­cept? When it first came around, I didn’t know what it was and thought it must be kind of a joke at my ex­pense. But I’ve grown to ac­cept it, and I re­ally be­lieve that if you take me out of it, it’s a cool idea, that we are all con­nected. It would ac­tu­ally be nice to keep in mind in a global way. Right now, we’re one de­gree from Kevin Ba­con. Do we get to keep that sta­tus for­ever, or is it only for the du­ra­tion of this con­ver­sa­tion? I’ll leave that to you to de­cide.

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