Sure you may think of Kevin Bacon as this perpetually friendly and welcoming Hollywood star, famous outside Hollywood for the ‘Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon’ lols or his recent foray into mango-eating ASMR on social media, but on the face of it, Kevin Bacon really doesn’t care what you think of him.
Now, we say that in the most positive of ways, as the iconic screen actor stars in horror film You Should Have Left as a bit of a well, d*ck, we have to say.
A self-professed ‘a**hole’, Kevin plays Theo, a retired businessman who escapes to an idyllic Welsh pile with his (much younger) wife, Susanna, (played by Amanda Seyfried) and their young daughter Ella (Avery Essex).
Soon after the family arrives, creepy and very mind-bending stuff starts to happen, and, without giving too much away, Theo isn’t always seen as the good guy.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk recently via Zoom (where else?), Kevin was quick to enthuse the chance to play such a multi-layered character in this instance, but if you were to ever tell him you were really happy a character he once played died, he’d take it as the biggest compliment.
He says: ‘I can tell you that I’ve never, ever chosen a role because I thought it would make people like me better. You know what I mean?
‘I really don’t, I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I don’t really care that much how people feel about [me]. I care how the people in my life, my family, friends, a waiter in a restaurant I’m going to have an exchange with, a nurse or a plumber or whatever, I don’t want my inter-personal exchanges to be contentious and obnoxious.
‘In terms of the general public, when I choose a role I never think to myself, boy if I play this people are going to think I’m a d*ck. All I want is for people to think I’m an actor.
‘If I’m playing a bad guy in a film, and someone says “I hated you so much, I was so happy when you died”, I’m like, thankyou, that is a compliment, that’s the nicest thing you could have said. It means I’m doing my job.
‘That being said, I don’t think playing a d*ck makes people like you better.’
The star holed himself up in the Welsh countryside during filming of the Blumhouse horror, not because of any Covid lockdown situation, but because he just wanted to cook himself his own meals (hence why everyone loves Kevin Bacon…).
But rather than miss the creature comforts being a massive Hollywood star may bring when it comes to hotels and restaurants, Bacon felt at peace staying in the nothingness of rural Wales.
‘We’re not staying in an era that had any large hotels, and our crew was spread out among the various villages and inns and we weren’t really able to get trailers, or dressing rooms, up to where the [set] was, so a couple miles down the road they had found these cabins and they were using them as our dressing rooms,’ he explains of his stripped-back living on set. ‘At night, for the first night or two, I was going up to the village, it was perfectly nice but…I said, how about I just stay out here and not go back to the village? I had a little kitchen, the crew would pack up, and go away and turn out the lights and it was a kind of quiet and darkness I’ve never really experienced before. But I loved it. I would sit out under the stars and play my guitar and watch the night fall and crawl into bed and go to sleep.’
Away from his shanty swelling, recently Bacon became our Instagram husband when he went viral in a rather poetic eating of a mango in the ASMR video of dreams.
Beginning a social media account rather reluctantly, after some insight from fellow stars Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore when Twitter was a wee bird, Bacon has now come around to the potential glory an online presence can bring.
Even if it is a little odd his breakfast went viral.
‘I thought to myself, this is the last thing in the world that I’m interested with, sharing my own personal life. In terms of Facebook, people pitched it in the early days, “it’s great because people can get in touch with you from your past” – this is my worst nightmare,’ he says. ‘I went into social media because I launched a charitable website called sixdegrees.org, our approach was social media with a social conscience, to try and amplify good causes through the use of social media, so I had to get involved with it in that way.’
He went on: ‘For a long time, I did it, but I wasn’t really thinking about it as something that I needed to work at. Then I listened to an interview with someone who said “try and do it well or don’t do it at all”. That made a lot of sense to me.
‘It may still look like it’s just people sharing their lives, but it really is a lot more than that. it’s become another part of how we get our content and our products and our movies and television, our causes and how we put stuff out there.
‘So I’ve really tried to look at it a little bit more analytically. And have a little bit more fun with it.
‘That being said, it is odd to me that something like the mango thing would be so… and I’d never heard of ASMR, would take off in the way that it did. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it.’
You Should Have Left is released on Blu-Ray and DVD October 12.
Credit: Original article published here.