September 27th, 2011
03:54 PM ET

Kevin Bacon on how he played a teen in 'Footloose'

It's not a secret that plenty of the actors you see playing high school kids are no longer in their teens (maybe even knocking on 30, as was the case with "Beverly Hills 90210's" Gabrielle Carteris), and Kevin Bacon was no exception.

At 24, the up-and-comer had to portray a 17-year-old who'd recently relocated to a new high school for 1984's "Footloose."

In order to better fit the part, Bacon did his due diligence and asked to be enrolled in a local high school, as he explains in a featured clip from the deluxe DVD and Blu-ray of the classic, out today.

Smart move on his part, because it helped him capture what it really feels like to be the new student in a high school.

"There's a shot in the movie where I'm walking down the hall for the first time, and my instinct for that walk was, I'll [play it] like John Travolta in 'Saturday Night Fever.' And that's not what I felt at all," he says in the clip. "It was like, 'Keep your head down, because somebody's going to take a swing at you.' And that's how I played it."

Of course, "Footloose" is being remade by Craig Brewer, with Kenny Wormald starring in Bacon's role as Ren McCormack. "If you're skeptical...just go see it, because we did it in a respectful way," Wormald told CNN of the remake. The new version opens on October 14.

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  1. jillmarie

    I think it's extremely rare to see an actual teen playing a teen on TV or in the movies!

    September 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anomic Office Drone

    Are we still making fun of poor Andrea Zuckerman? It's been like 15 years.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |

    I think he may be a lesbian.

    September 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. {=V=}

    I mean, he may not be, but he really seems gay to me.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. {=V=}

    I thought he was able to play the role so well because he is probably gay.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |

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