“It was not too tough for me to say ‘yes,'” admits Kevin Bacon during our recent video chat (watch the exclusive video above) about his new comedy series “I Love Dick.” Based on Chris Kraus’ book of the same title, this Amazon original stars Kathryn Hahn as a married filmmaker who falls in love with a rugged art professor named Dick (Bacon) after moving to Texas with her husband (Griffin Dunne). The book was adapted for television by “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway and writer Sarah Gubbins.
One of the aspects that appealed to the veteran actor was the opportunity to explore, “the nature of celebrity.” In the small Texas town of Marfa, “Dick is a giant star. He’s a very, very big fish, and that’s something that he created, because he wanted it. But I think that he’s questioning whether or not he ultimately wants that now.”
Bacon won a Golden Globe as Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor for “Taking Chance” (2009), which also brought him an Emmy bid. Prior to that, he competed at the Globes as Best Supporting Actor for “The River Wild” (1994). Most of his lengthy career has been focused on films, including “Diner,” “Footloose,” “JFK,” “A Few Good Men,” “Apollo 13,” “Mystic River,” “The Woodsman,” “Frost/Nixon,” and “Patriots Day.”
Could Bacon win his first Emmy this year? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “I Love Dick.”
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