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Kevin Bacon On Subway Rides: Why He Really Does It

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Kevin Bacon has got to be one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, due in part to his long career–which began in 1978 with “Animal House”–and the sometimes small but memorable roles he’s taken in unexpected films and shows. Plus, he has that whole Six Degrees game named after him.

But Bacon–who is set to have a big year after taking mostly smaller parts since 2011–says that although fame can be a double-edged sword, he does still get a thrill when he’s recognized. In fact, it’s one of the reasons he still takes public transportation.

The 54-year old actor and musician admitted recently that he had a disguise made up in order to be able to go out in public without being harassed by photographers, but it didn’t turn out the way he expected it to.

“I had a prosthetic disguise made, because I wanted to see what it would be like not to be recognized. I didn’t like it very much – no one was nice to me. People didn’t bother me, but they also looked right through me,” he said.

Of course, the train is the fastest way to get around New York, so we can’t fault him there.

Bacon’s new hit show, “The Following”, airs on Fox and is getting good reviews so far. The story follows a disgraced FBI agent on a strange and bloody journey orchestrated by a serial killer and his groupies.

Kevin Bacon On Subway Rides: Why He Really Does It
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  • Five Finger Fore Skin

    Gee.Get over yourself.

  • LAURIE

    love Kevin Bacon ever since Friday the 13th Pt. 1. but one role that especially stands out and he should be extremely proud of “Taking Chance!”

  • pablo cervantes

    I like Bacon a lot BUT this new TV show, The Following, is just a bit too gory. Well written, well acted…just as is Criminal Minds. I stopped watching CM and, I suspect the gore of The Following will turn me off soon as well. All they need to do is tone it down a bit. Last night’s homosexual scene all but did it for me. Don’t know if I’ll watch next week…I read where he wanted to do an “edgy” show. Sorry Kevin, it’s gone way over the edge.

    • Maggie

      The Following is not for everyone, but it is great! The public is not used to thinking about TV, which accounts for the huge draw to premium channels. The fact that this show is on “regular” cable is astounding. Bacon is also great – believable and edgy. I am thrilled to see such quality TV out there for the taking.

  • Dago T

    ” … set to have a big year after taking mostly smaller parts since 2011– … .”

    Wow! Since clear back in 2011? What’s that, 14 months ago?

  • Mary

    keep walking around in public and you’ll be the next John Lennon. didn’t his tragic death teach celebs anything? no, you are not normal. you are extraordinary. fame killing is an addiction for those with no conscience. better stop or you’ll (and we will) be sorry.

  • Kathryn

    Kevin you should ride the MAX in Portland – everyone looks at everyone. And we still talk too. In NYC either walk or take the subway. LA anything beats the bus.

  • Pat

    Everyone likes an adoring public. Good luck Bacon.
    Did anyone see the add about creating a media tactical plan? I can’t stop laughing.

    • colleen

      What is it with wives? Good friends of mine were vacationing in Mexico a few years back when Keith Richards and his wife walked into the little joint where they were eating lunch. They said Keith was as friendly as an old shoe…but his wife acted like a nasty b****.

    • Yolanda

      Katherine, good point. My husband is no celebrity, but he’s a well known Mr. Fix-It in our neighbor and it never fails that when he’s working on the yard or putting up the Christmas lights that someone will stop & ask his opinion on a home-project. Or they won’t hesitate to say, “could you come over and look at (fill in the blank)”. They don’t realize that his time is precious to him. He comes in the house & complains about all the interruptions, but I just tell him, you need to learn to say “no”, or “if I have a chance I’ll get back to you”. So many of his own projects run into the next day due to all the interruptions.

  • Twiggyy

    I met Kevin about 9 years ago. We purchased a property on the same lake where he has vacationed since he was a child. He was very gracious. I just introduced myself and just let him know how I enjoyed his films. However, his wife Kyra…..was less than friendly. Maybe she was having a bad day so I won’t judge but it was disappointing. I just wanted to comment that I also enjoyed her and I was commenting on a talent show that had taken place the night before and their children were in it. She looked at me like I had three heads and gave a dismissive smile before she turned and left. I also found the series to be too gory. I watched the first episode and have not returned. I much prefer the films that are more creative and let your imagination aid in the “scary” parts. Oh wait….do they make them any more???

    • katherine

      Being a wife, and having a husband that can’t remember how to say
      I need to go, thank you. I understand where his wife was coming from. She was upset with her husband, not the next door fan. People have to remember their life’s are a lot like ours. Plus they have kids, and you are always in a rush when you have kids. Give her a break, she puts up with a lot, just look everyone loves kevin, and now her, from her show.

  • john

    Kevin is a resilient actor and human being able to deal with his ups -n-downs in life. He is a PRIME example. Awesome !

  • Trut

    The Following is awesome and Kevin Bacon is awesome in it. It’s not a show for young kids. The same goes for Criminal Minds. My husband said he was going to stop watching CM after a particular cringe-worthy episode, but he’s still right there every Wednesday night with his eyes glued to the screen. It’s great that we have two shows that he doesn’t sleep through. :)

    • Teresa

      I cannot watch Criminal Minds or The Following, gives me nightmares and I would catch myself thinking the guy next to me in the grocery store or bank was a serial killer.

  • Tim

    Plus…he lose his a** in Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme…subway is a lot cheaper than a taxi or town car.

  • Nita Hand

    Kevin Bacon and I have been having an affair for many years. Okay, so it’s mostly one-sided but I’m embarrassed to admit I cheated on him last night. I was thrilled and excited for the new show, “The Following” and figured Kyra told him to get a job since she pulled her weight with “The Closer” to make up for all the money they lost investing with Bernie Madoff. But I digress. I cheated on Kevin last night because I’m just not following “The Following” so I watched a movie instead. The show is too gory–and I love gory–and nit much of a plot. I hope Kevin will forgive me and maybe we can hook up again in the future.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/kevin-bacon-on-subway-rides-why-he-really-does-it-2013-02 Tom

    At this point, isn’t everyone only 1 degree away from Kev?

  • KAnn

    Being a teen in the 80′s I know who he is, BUT we haven’t watched tv since the early 90′s because once married I moved overseas to my husband’s country. Returning in the 2003 we STILL don’t watch tv. Doesn’t look like we’ve missed much as it’s all tragically ill, evil, and it brings me nothing. I simply write this to Kevin Bacon…when I go to log on for my email, an advertisement of what must be a current tv show covers my entire screen…a female youth bathed in tattoos, nude from the waist-up preparing to impale herself with an ice pick. Your head is front and center in this image with the above mentioned in the background. What do you think THIS makes me think of YOU? I most certainly won’t be concerning myself with you as we didn’t do so with your first film roles in our youth. There are more of us out here than you wish, they too are saying, “you bring me nothing.”

    • greg

      haha youre funny! and she was covered in ink not tattos!

    • bob

      you should go back to your husband’s country

  • http://facebook kandy lynn

    My brother is almost an identical twin to Kevin Bacon. He gets told that all the time–he’s even been asked if he is him!

    • bob

      Cool story Hansel

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