For some, celebrity is a privacy-killing curse — but not for Kevin Bacon.
The “Footloose” star told “The Graham Norton” show how convenient it is to be famous. “People don’t talk about the fact that being recognizable is 99.9% good, because people are nice to you all day long for absolutely no reason,” Bacon explained.
“People stop you in the street and say, ‘Kevin, I love you.'” he continued. “I mean, who doesn’t want to be loved? Who doesn’t want to have somebody say, ‘I love you’… that’s a great feeling. And you can get out of tickets. And they’ll give you sneakers and s**t like that.”
Bacon, 58, tried to live the simple life with help from professional makeup artists and he was thoroughly disappointed. “Once in a while you think to yourself, ‘what would it be like to just walk through the world anonymously?’”
So the actor hit Los Angeles’ busy shopping complex, The Grove, in disguise. “Nobody recognized me, and it was awful,” said the actor.
Bacon also shared the remarkable story of how “Footloose” got him out of big legal trouble: “I was driving on the border of Oklahoma and Texas and the towns come up fast and furious and I guess I was going faster than the speed limit,” he remembered. “I got pulled over and the police officer asked me to step out of the car.
“There might have been a little contraband in the car so my heart rate was starting to climb. He then asked me to get in his car and we just sat there for a while. Finally, he said, ‘I want you to know that the first date I ever had was to ‘Footloose‘. I just got a warning!”