Kevin Ba­con, ac­tor

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Born in Penn­syl­va­nia, Ba­con, 60, found global fame in 1984, when he played the lead in Foot­loose. His sub­se­quent work in­cludes the films JFK, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, and Mys­tic River. Since 2012, he has starred in ads for EE mo­bile. He is mar­ried to the ac­tor Kyra Sedg­wick, has two chil­dren and lives in New York.

What is your great­est fear?

What we’re do­ing to the planet.

What is your ear­li­est mem­ory?

I grew up in the cen­tre of Philadel­phia in a big fam­ily and I re­mem­ber walk­ing into a room and want­ing to be seen. I am the youngest of six and I think that’s why act­ing was such a nat­u­ral thing for me to do. (My next si­b­ling, Kira, is eight years older: if you do the math, my par­ents weren’t plan­ning an­other kid.)

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire, and why?

My wife – for her in­tel­li­gence, ta­lent, abil­ity to sur­vive this busi­ness and be such a fan­tas­tic mother to our two kids. (Of course, I have to say that, be­cause she’s sit­ting right here.)

What is your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

The thing I am most afraid of los­ing is my wed­ding ring. It’s not worth any­thing, but when I am with my band, one of my in­stru­ments is a hand drum and to play that, I take my ring off. Ev­ery night I have a bit of para­noia about whether it’s still go­ing to be in my pocket when I fin­ish the show.

What would your su­per­power be?

To be in­vis­i­ble. I played an in­vis­i­ble man once, in Hol­low Man. It wouldn’t be about pranks, just step­ping out of the fish­bowl.

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Harry Styles. What is your favourite smell?

Pizza – there’s noth­ing like a sim­ple New York slice from a lit­tle joint called Joe’s down in the West Vil­lage.

What is your favourite word?

Ei­ther love or peace. I’d give both equal im­por­tance.

What did you want to be when you were grow­ing up?

Be­fore I knew what be­ing an ac­tor was, I wanted to be one.

What do you owe your par­ents?

What my par­ents trea­sured most – and put the big­gest em­pha­sis on – was creative ex­pres­sion, much more so than school grades or ath­let­ics. They wanted you to cre­ate or make some­thing, to put on a play, to sing a song.

What or who is the great­est love of your life?

Kyra Sedg­wick. I don’t re­mem­ber the first time we met, but she does. I was do­ing a play about the 60s called Al­bum at the Cherry Lane The­atre in Greenwich Vil­lage [in 1980] and her mother had seen it and bought her a ticket for her birth­day. She went to a mati­nee with her brother. Later, they saw me in a deli and her brother said, “Go up and talk to him.” So she said, “Hi, I thought you were good in that play.” Years later, we started a re­la­tion­ship when we were both in Le­mon Sky.

Who would you in­vite to your dream din­ner party?

I had my dream din­ner party last night with my chil­dren, my wife and some friends.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The old Wild West – I would join the Pony Ex­press. It’s kind of ironic, be­cause one thing I ac­tu­ally do know how to do is ride a horse – and that’s the one thing no­body has asked me to do in a movie.

How would you like to be re­mem­bered?

As some­one who did what he could with what he had

My su­per­power? To be in­vis­i­ble. It wouldn’t be about pranks, just step­ping out of the fish­bowl

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