DETAILS: The remake of Footloose is coming out this fall. Does it make you nostalgic?
Kevin Bacon: Craig Zadan, one of the producers on both films, actually found my screen test in a vault and sent it to me. What had been going on back then was the producers and the director wanted me, but the head of the studio famously said, "He's just not fuckable." So they went and did their own screen test. Watching it, I got a chance to see this kid with this hunger and ambition and energy. There were parts of myself that I didn't even recognize. You could just see that I was going to fuckin' go in there and kill it.
DETAILS: You once said that it's easy to get laid when you're famous. Is it harder to stay married to the same woman—Kyra Sedgwick—for more than two decades?
Kevin Bacon: It's hard to explain, other than to say I like being married to her. I like spending time with her. We have found the right person to be with. I do think that, as a guy, if you never get a chance to experience more than one partner, that's going to be a really tough road. Luckily, I did.
DETAILS: The two of you lost a lot of money in the Madoff scandal. What was that experience like?
Kevin Bacon: I'm not going to say it didn't have its emotional downsides. But we're both young, and we both had the ability to work and roll up our sleeves and start putting the pieces back together. The truth is that we went through it together.
DETAILS: Did it have any impact on your professional decisions?
Kevin Bacon: Yeah, I think so. While I try to have integrity about the work that I do and the choices I make, I've also said from a very young age that I need to work. I don't think I suffer from the disease of specialness.
DETAILS: You've had your band, the Bacon Brothers, for 15 years. Is it an escape from your main gig?
Kevin Bacon: I don't feel like my main gig is something I really want to escape. I love being an actor. The thing I love the most—and it's similar with music—is the time between action and cut. That's what I really like to do. You know, traveling, interviews, makeup, hair, wardrobe fittings, screen tests, premieres, hotels, suitcases—of course those things can get tiring. But the time between action and cut never gets tiring. It's so much fun, even if it's the hardest scene. Even on the coldest day. Even in a green-screen situation. Even if the director's a jackass. Even if the actor you're working with already went home. It's still great. It's still my time. It's still something that I love. And music, when we play, that's the same thing.
DETAILS: If acting hadn't worked out, would you have pursued music instead?
Kevin Bacon: There was no part of me that even considered it not working out. I'd still be working at a restaurant and trying to get an audition.