Kevin Bacon Says He Disguised Himself as a Non-Famous Person for a Day: ‘This Sucks’

Kevin Bacon, a household name since his breakout role in 1984’s Footloose, recently decided to see what life is like for the average person. 

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Bacon shares his experience of attempting to blend in with the crowd for a day.

“I went to a special effects makeup artist, had consultations, and asked him to make me a prosthetic disguise,” Bacon reveals. The 65-year-old actor felt the need for such measures due to his frequent recognition in public.

“I’m not complaining, but I have a face that’s pretty recognizable. Putting my hat and glasses on is only going to work to a certain extent,” he explains.

Equipped with a prosthetic nose, fake teeth and glasses, Bacon ventured to the tourist-heavy shopping complex The Grove in Los Angeles. The transformation was so effective that he went completely unnoticed. “Nobody recognized me. People were kind of pushing past me, not being nice. Nobody said, ‘I love you,'” Bacon quips. “I had to wait in line to, I don’t know, buy a fu**ing coffee or whatever. I was like, ‘This sucks. I want to go back to being famous.'”

Fame is not new to Bacon’s family. His father, Edmund Bacon, was a renowned urban planner who graced the cover of Time magazine. When asked if his dad’s fame influenced his own career choice, Bacon affirms, “A hundred percent.”

“In terms of giving credit to my parents, of course I give all the credit to them. My mother was very much on the artistic side and really encouraged acting,” he adds. “They both encouraged as much creativity as possible in everything — dance, music, theater, painting, sculpture, whatever.”

Another perk of being famous is Bacon received an unexpected gift from Beyoncé after he and his daughter covered one of her new songs.

At the recent premiere of Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F in Beverly Hills, Bacon shared the exciting news. “Here’s the really cool thing, I actually got a T-shirt from Beyoncé,” Bacon told ET. “Apparently, it was from her, I don’t know, what can I say.”

The actor, along with his and Kyra Sedgwick’s 32-year-old daughter, Sosie, delighted fans in April with a collaborative Instagram Reel featuring their rendition of Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus’ duet, “II Most Wanted,” from Beyoncé’s album, Cowboy Carter. The father-daughter duo added their personal touch by revising the lyrics to reflect their relationship.

In the video, Bacon plays his guitar while Sosie sits closer to the camera and sings. 

The caption read, “A little duet of II Most Wanted, but had to make a few lyric changes to keep it father-daughter friendly. 😎. #CowboyCarter.”

Bacon has been sharing his musical side on Instagram, often covering popular songs with his own twist. When asked about his approach to these covers, he told ET, “Well, listen, that means that I’m just trying to simplify whatever it is.”

The actor expressed his admiration for Beyoncé’s latest work, stating, “I love the record so much.” His Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F co-star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, chimed in, confirming they were discussing Cowboy Carter and adding, “It’s brilliant, it really is.”

This isn’t the first time Bacon has shown he is a fan of Beyoncé. In August 2022, the actor took to Instagram to cover Bey’s song, “Heated,” from her hit album, Renaissance.

On a personal note, Bacon also discussed with ET his upcoming 35th wedding anniversary with Sedgwick. When asked about the secret to their long-lasting marriage, he humbly responded, “No secret. I really don’t know the secret.” 

Bacon then drew a parallel to his musical pursuits, saying, “Honestly, I mean, I have, this is going back to music. People ask me a lot, it’s hard work right, you really gotta put in the work and I’ve heard that said and to me, it’s less about the work and more about play, you gotta play.”


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