Kevin Bacon Q&A: ‘The Following’
In our recent webcam chat, he reveals, "One of the things I started to realize as the years went on in my career was that I was spending so much time doing things other than acting. It's either in pursuit of work or waiting for lighting set-ups or sometimes working in an effects world. What I really like is the time between action and cut. I like to say lines and hit marks, feel things and emote. If you really, really love acting, you'll get an opportunity to do it (on a TV drama series)."
When the series began in 2013, Bacon's character of Ryan Hardy was a former FBI agent called back into service to help capture the escaped serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). That 15-episode first season ended with Carroll seemingly burned up in a fire and Hardy possibly stabbed to death.
This season begins in New York a year later as Hardy and his niece Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup) are trying to prove Carroll is still alive. A new cult led by Lily Gray (Connie Nielsen) and her twin sons are also trying to lure him out of hiding. The season finale "Forgive" features a car crash, smoke bomb, confrontations, and ultimately a nightmare with a dead body.
Bacon is a past Emmy nominee for his role in the 2009 telefilm "Taking Chance" (losing out to Brendan Gleeson for "Into the Storm"). He won the Golden Globe and SAG Award a few months later for that performance. He has also received SAG nominations for his supporting role in the film "Murder in the First" and ensemble nods for "Apollo 13" (win), "Mystic River," and "Frost/Nixon."
His long film career began with "Animal House" in 1978 and has included hits like "Diner," "Footloose," "Tremors," "JFK," "A Few Good Men," "Hollow Man," and "X-Men: First Class."
Of all those roles, Bacon says the one in "JFK" that was a turning point: "When I look back on 'JFK,' it really led to a whole other chapter in my career, and it taught me a lot because I said to myself, 'What I need to do is forget about the size of the role, the size of the budget, the size of my salary, just look for the part. Because in the part will be the truth and strength and creatively fun."