Kevin Bacon Goes ‘Footloose’ for Fallon

By: Kimberly Ripley - March 23, 2014

Kevin Bacon kicked off his Sunday shoes and brought Footloose back to life for Jimmy Fallon and his audience on The Tonight Show last week. Thirty years after the film hit theaters, the 55-year-old still has those famous moves.

Fallon started off the show by reading a proclamation stating dancing was deemed illegal on The Tonight Show. The cameras cut to The Following star in his dressing room, where he agonized–a la Footloose–over whether or not to dance.

“Dancing is illegal?” the actor said, fuming. “Jump back – this is The Tonight Show. There has to be dancing.”

Following a series of gyrations and dubbed feats of gravity defying acrobatics, Bacon turned up dressed in Footloose attire and–along with office staff from backstage–sauntered on to The Tonight Show stage dancing. Jimmy Fallon tore up the proclamation, and reinstated the right to dance on the show.

Kevin Bacon has clearly still got it at 55. Even though a stunt double catapulted across the stage earlier in the performance, Bacon’s dance moves are hard to beat. Being 55 has a few caveats, however, as the actor discovered and shared with his Twitter followers the day after his Tonight Show appearance.

Jimmy Fallon shared his love via Twitter.

Did you catch Kevin Bacon’s Footloose revival on The Tonight Show last week? If not, it’s well worth finding the show online at NBC.com and watching it in its entirety. A warning, however, if you do watch. Kevin Bacon puts 55-year-olds to shame–but he will inspire some definite toe tapping.

Image via YouTube

About the Author

Kimberly RipleyKimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.

View all posts by Kimberly Ripley