If you can’t beat them, the old saying goes, join them. In the case of Kevin Bacon, this meant accepting the fact of it Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – The party game that requires you to hook every actor known to Bacon in six movies or less – it never went away. So he embraced the phenomenon and founded SixDegrees.org in 2007, a charitable organization whose efforts to fight hunger are honored on November 1st in New York City with the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award (named after the “Cat’s in the Cradle” songwriter).
And he talked about joining Bacon’s daughter, Susie Bacon – who stars in the gruesome Paramount movie. smiling – Now on her way to join her dad as a horror movie icon. (You may remember my dad was in a number of classic scary movies, dating back to the 80s Friday 13.)
The Hollywood Reporter He met Bacon, 64, to talk about his charitable work, his daughter’s rise, and the bologna sandwiches he made on Jason’s first trip.
Thanks for taking this time with me. I understand you’re too busy shooting something right now
I am doing Beverly Hills Cup 4, which is great. It’s fun, and I’m glad to be a part of it.
Have you ever met or worked with Eddie Murphy before?
this is the first time. So it’s exciting to me. it was good.
What do you play in it, if I may ask?
I think I’m supposed to keep that kind of low.
These films are my entire childhood.
I tell you man, every time I mention it to someone, they put a big smile on their face.
Yes, that was pretty huge. But then it was like that freestyle. You were a big part of my childhood too, so you definitely deserve to ride with Axel Foley.
(Laugh.) Thank you. Thank you.
Congratulations on being recognized for your work with SixDegrees.org. Can you tell me about that?
SixDegrees.org is an organization I formed a few years ago. I was kinda looking at Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game. Silly as it is, it looks like it won’t go away. It was kind of that suspended time. So I decided to take this concept and figure out a way to return the favor with it.
We put together a feature during shutdown, and the two organizations we were involved with were the WhyHunger and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Why Hunger is a great organization. It was started by singer and songwriter Harry Chapin who was an amazing guy. He died tragically. But before he did that, he spent a lot of his time giving back. More specifically about hunger. So we are happy to receive this award. It is a great honor.
What else is happening in Kevin Bacon’s world? How’s Kyra Sedgwick, your wife?
A few years ago—with my impulse and annoyance about it—I decided it was time to direct. And the first thing I directed was a movie called Lifetime girl storywhich earned it a DGA nomination.
She is a very good director. I have directed a bunch of different TV shows like now Grace and Frankie And the city on a hill, a show I was on Showtime. And the [she directed me in] A movie called last summer space oddities. It was selected for distribution outside the Cannes Film Festival. We are excited about that.
Do you enjoy directing her?
There’s a kind of old idea that says, “Oh, what is this? Your wife is going to tell you what to do?” When I hear people react this way, I feel, “Are we still in the fifties?” I mean come. We have a great shortcut to the work we do. It is always a pleasure to work with her.
Another person in the house now enjoys great power. Your daughter stars in smilingWho spent three weeks in first place.
yes. She’s great in the movie. It’s a great. Little did we know that she was really interested in pursuing any kind of acting career. But when she finally decided, in her early twenties, that this was what she wanted to do, she dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles and really started doing all the right things. Pavement pounding, self-adhesive after self-adhesive, study.
When I got this part [in Smile], even knowing how hard it worked, and knowing it was good, when I watched the movie I was really amazed, not just how great she was but also how hard the role was, because it’s one of those parts where there’s no break. Usually, you start out and the character is at least very happy, you know, 15 minutes or 20 minutes before everything gets horrible. But this is a movie where the stress level is [insane]. I am so proud of her.
She has also been involved in a high-concept horror movie recently – h/them, which sounded interesting and provocative. It’s interesting that you both work in the same genre.
In a strange way, we have a tradition of horror in our family. One of my early films was the first Friday 13.
I was in A bang of echoes And the hollow Man. flatliner. I keep going back to the horror.
shivering, truly. yes. We definitely have a fondness in our family. I wonder what it is, specifically. I think that for an actor, you’re looking for things that are very risky – and that’s what the horror gives you. It will always be a drastic life or death situation.
When I was on the set Friday 13Do you have any idea what will come of this movie?
No, definitely not. I did animal house, I did some serials. I was actually in a TV series While I was photographing Friday 13. I’ve done a lot of theater in New York. I was choosing to live in New York, and it wasn’t really, at the time, a hotbed for film and TV production. There wasn’t much going on really.
And the Friday 13 It was kind of the definition of a low-budget freelancer. It was made for nothing. I was out in Blairstown, New Jersey. I used to take a public bus to a bus stop in the middle of a country road, and someone from the group would come out and pick me up. I mean, this was the closest they had to any kind of transportation.
Literally, I remember we were resting for lunch, and they had put slices of bolognese and cheese with white bread and French mustard and that was our lunch.
You get better food in prison.
yes. I wasn’t looking at it, ‘Wow, this is going to be a masterpiece of horror.’ I had no idea that they would multiply no matter how many Friday 13They did.
much hell. But there’s something about that first one you just can’t beat. Well Kevin, thank you very much. I’m really excited Beverly Hills Cup 4. I hope you put bananas in people’s exhaust pipes.
(Laugh.) the correct.
Interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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