October 14th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
The new "Footloose" opens today, and young and nostalgic audiences will certainly flock to the film, tap their feet along to the soundtrack and watch today's version of Ren, Willard, and Ariel.
Still, it’s hard to accept this story of rebellious youth without associating it with Mr. Six Degrees himself, Kevin Bacon.
(Fans of the original Ren McCormack will have to settle for a voice appearance on a new episode of Robot Chicken. He’ll be teaching the Peanuts how to cut loose in stop motion on October 23, check your local listings.)
There are only a handful of actors who have had careers as prolific as his over the past 30 years. In fact, there’s probably no other actor that has played as many characters with single syllable first names: Ren, Nick, Jake, Vic, Chip, Sean, Jack, and so forth.
As a tribute to the man who first took on on Beaumont’s Town Council and made dancing through an abandoned mill look cool (sort of), this week’s list is dedicated to the best of Kevin Bacon. Now everybody cut, everybody cut….everybody cut "Footloose," and tell us your favorite K.B. classics. (And yes, our numero uno is a no-brainer.)
1. "Footloose" (1984): “Hey, hey! What's this I see? I thought this was a party. LET'S DANCE!” – Ren McCormack
2. "She’s Having a Baby" (1988): “And in the end, I realized that I took more than I gave, I was trusted more than I trusted, and I was loved more than I loved. And what I was looking for was not to be found but to be made.” – Jake Briggs
3. "Mystic River" (2003): “Sometimes I think, I think all three of us got in that car...” – Sean Devine
4. "White Water Summer" (1987): “This is not acceptable behavior” – Vic
"The Woodsman" (2004): Not a well known film but Kevin Bacon received Oscar buzz for his controversial and sympathetic portrayal as a recovering pedophile. He also co-starred with his wife Kyra Sedgwick.
"A Few Good Men" (1992): “Your boys are going down, Danny. I can't stop it anymore.” – Captain Jack Ross
"Sleepers" (1996): “You gotta have rules and you gotta have discipline.” – Sean Nokes
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