Los Angeles — If there’s one actor in the business who can recreate himself, it must be Kevin Bacon.
For someone who left home at the age of 17 to pursue a theater career in New York City and had his film debut in the fraternity comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House” in 1978, Kevin can say he has gone through a lot to be where he is today.
The actor who made all the teenaged girls swoon with his performance as Chicago-raised teenager Ren McCormack in the musical-drama ”Footloose” in 1984, then put you on the edge of your seat as astronaut Jack Swigert in the historical drama “Apollo 13” or his performance as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy in the drama series “The Following” (2013-2015), is back starring on TV drama, “City on a Hill.” The new series features Kevin as Jackie Rohr, a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo.
How does Kevin pick his diverse projects?
“It always goes back to the role and if it’s something that I feel like I haven’t really explored my last time out, I’m really interested in it,” he disclosed.
“I became an actor because I wanted to walk in different shoes and the actors that I admire, people like Meryl Streep, do one part and then another part and then another part and you go, ‘Where did that come from?’”
Kevin confessed he does not watch projects that he had done 20 years ago when they are shown on TV.
“I think part of it is because I can’t help but think to myself, if only I’d known what I know now I would have done it differently. Not my career necessarily but just you get better, if you act for a long time you get better and you get a little bit more in your body and in your mind and in your head so it’s a little torturous actually for me to watch old stuff so I try not to watch it if I can.”
The slogan of “City on a Hill” is “only the bad understand,” Kevin explained about finding his “inner bad boy” for the role.
“When I read it, it really sung to me in a way. I heard his voice and I could see what the visual side of the character would be. I could see the way I was going to move. It’s hard to explain, it doesn’t always happen that way for a part but sometimes they just come out to you in a strange way.
“I don’t need to tell you but I’ve done a lot of bad things in parts that I’ve done. I’ve done the most terrible things you could possibly do in the roles that I’ve done and I don’t shy away from that because I feel like, as an actor, my job is to present all facets of the human condition. So if a character like Jackie Rohr is saying objectionable things, hurting people, doing drugs, drinking, stealing, lying and cheating, I want to just stay true to who that person is and not shy away from it because I don’t feel like I want to be judged on my work.”
Kevin, who recently turned 60 last July 8, admitted that despite the years in show business, he still has to prove himself.
He said, “I still have to prove myself. I do, I really do. Being an actor you have to accept a lifetime of judgment. You do the work and then you put the work out there. I do have something to prove, I do. It’s pretty clear at this point that it was probably a good decision but I think that with every job and every part and every piece of material that I put out there, yes I’m definitely trying to prove myself.”