Kevin Bacon is an A-list movie star – he’s one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood today, and is the inspiration for the famous ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ game. However, this is the first time he’s forayed into long-form network television, with the new Fox thriller ‘The Following’.
In a new interview with Esquire, he explains why he decided to do television, saying, “When I sit around with my friends, we're talking about the TV shows we watch more than we are about anything else. Homeland, Breaking Bad, Girls — I love Girls. TV is where a lot of the popular, cool stuff is happening right now.”
He also talks about ageing and getting older, adding, “You just try and stave off the inevitable decline. There was a time in my life when beautiful girls would come up to me and say, "Oh, I'm a big fan," and then it started to be beautiful girls would come up and say, "My mom's a big fan." And now it's beautiful girls coming up and saying, "My grandmother's a big fan."
Kevin plays a damaged hero in ‘The Following’, and he explains, “He's the hero of the show, but he's also kind of a mess. He drinks too much, and he is explosively angry. He's a man without a purpose, and I think that James's character [the killer] gives him that purpose. It's a complex relationship. I hate him. I want him to die. I want to be the one to actually kill him. And yet, in some ways, he makes me feel alive.” ‘The Following’ airs every Monday on the Fox channel.