When it comes to horror, Kevin Bacon doesn’t care if he’s playing the good guy or the bad guy – although the villain usually has more potential to flex his acting muscles.
“I became an actor so I could walk in a lot of different men’s shoes,” he said. “I’m not afraid to do terrible things as a character. That never scared me. You can see it in the films that I’ve done … I was pretty bad at a lot of things, but I’ve also played characters that were heroic and kind and romantic and all sorts of other things.”
Bacon has a pretty simple take on why he’s been drawn to horror throughout his career.
“First of all, I like it,” he explained. “I’m a fan myself. I’m a consumer of it. When a new horror movie piques my interest, opening weekend I’m front and center… I like the experience because when I go to the movies as a… consumer, I want to feel things. Whatever it is, I want to feel things deeply. you can be sad Tears can well up in your eyes. You can laugh hysterically. you can jump you can get scared . You can get scared. You can leave the cinema with an uneasy feeling. Those are feelings and I like that.”
Also, according to Bacon, horror as an actor offers something that other genres don’t necessarily have. “I like making horror because the stakes are very high and that means there’s good stuff to play,” he said. “In life and death situations, these are good things to play.”
Bacon’s latest horror film They/Them is now streaming exclusively on Peacock.