Kevin Bacon on “Actable” Actions and the Surprising Reason Why He Discourages People to Become Actors

“I can walk into a room hungry — from an acting standpoint — angry, fearful, aggressive. I don’t know how to walk into a room ‘likably.’ That’s not an actable action for me.” – Kevin Bacon

Though Emmy Award-nominated actor Kevin Bacon has proved himself as being a versatile actor, in an interview with Variety he says that there is one personality facet that he doesn’t know how to portray: being “likable.”

While speaking about his role as the villainous FBI agent Jackie Rohr on Showtime’s City on the Hill, Bacon says, “I can walk into a room hungry — from an acting standpoint — angry, fearful, aggressive. I don’t know how to walk into a room ‘likably.’ That’s not an actable action for me.”

In addition, in the interview Bacon revealed something that is initially surprising — that his answer to aspiring actors who ask him if they should pursue acting is “no” — until he reveals his reasoning. He reveals, “Because the kid that can then say, ‘He said no, and I told him to go to hell,’ that’s the person who should be the actor. Because that’s the person that’s gonna have the drive and the ability to hang in there.”

So that settles it… unless you’re willing to tell the star of Footloose and Tremors to go to hell, you’re not going to make it as an actor!

More: Kevin Bacon on Why He Likes to “Lose” Himself in a Role

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