June 3rd, 2011
03:02 PM ET
Though he's made over 70 movies—many of them critically acclaimed dramas—Kevin Bacon will forever be known as the guy from "Footloose."
While the 1984 blockbuster made him famous and turned him into a teen idol, Bacon admits it also hurt his career.
"After 'Footloose' I was on a sort of downslide, and my people were recommending that I only do movies when my name was above the title," the "X-Men: First Class" star tells the June issue of Details.
"But I had an agent who said, 'Let's do 'JFK,' and that's what we did," he says. "Four days of work. Was not even close to being my movie. It turned things around for me. From a career standpoint, but also from a personal standpoint, because it's when I said, 'That's what I want to do—I want to act. I don't have to be the lead.'"
With a "Footloose" remake hitting theaters in October, Bacon feels nostalgic about the movie that put him on the map—even though he almost didn't get the role in the first place.
"What had been going on back then was the producers and the director wanted me, but the head of the studio famously said, 'He's just not f—able.' So they went and did their own screen test," he recalls, adding that he recently viewed footage of his audition. "Watching it, I got a chance to see this kid with this hunger and ambition and energy. There were parts of myself that I didn't even recognize. You could just see that I was going to f—in' go in there and kill it."
More recently, Bacon overcame an even bigger hurdle after he and wife Kyra Sedgwick were bilked out of money in the Bernie Madoff investment scandal.
"I'm not going to say it didn't have its emotional downsides," he tells Details. "But we're both young, and we both had the ability to work and roll up our sleeves and start putting the pieces back together. The truth is that we went through it together."
Married since 1989, Bacon says he couldn't be more content to be in a decades-old committed relationship.
"It's hard to explain, other than to say I like being married to her. I like spending time with her. We have found the right person to be with," he says. "I do think that, as a guy, if you never get a chance to experience more than one partner, that's going to be a really tough road. Luckily, I did."
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