Kevin Bacon has about a hundred acting credits listed on IMDb, but over the course of his long and celebrated career he steadily has been building a filmography as director and producer. He has helmed such acclaimed projects as Losing Chase, Loverboy and The Closer, the series that starred his wife Kyra Sedgwick, and produced movies in which he starred ranging from The Woodsman to a low-budget cult gem you must see called Cop Car among other projects behind the lens.
So it seems entirely appropriate that he join me for this week’s edition of my Deadline video series Behind the Lens to talk about his career both in front of the camera — but also as a force off-camera as well.
Both those talents come into full view with the current second season of his Showtime series City on a Hill, in which Bacon plays shady FBI agent Jackie Rohn. He also is an executive producer and kicked on this season by directing the first episode. We talk about his approach to directing, why he was insistent that if he did direct it would be for Episode 1 of the season, what it is like helming an episode in which he is also heavily on screen as well and how Covid affected the progress of City on a Hill.
A big portion of our conversation, though, becomes about Bacon’s film career and many of the big-name directors he worked with and have been influenced by, including Clint Eastwood on Mystic River, Ron Howard on Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon and Rob Reiner on A Few Good Men (all actors-turned-directors, BTW). He also shares stories of working with Oliver Stone on JFK — a game-changing movie for him that he reluctantly adds might be the perfect “Six Degrees” (of Kevin Bacon) film — and such others as Christopher Guest on The Big Picture, the late Curtis Hanson on The River Wild and a then-unknown named Jon Watts (Spider-Man) on the tiny indie and brilliant Cop Car, for which he also has an executive producer credit and says had “the budget of a student film.”
Bacon has stories about all of them, and just what inspired him in his own continuing ventures in the business. He also talks about how he resisted ever doing a television series but now can’t imagine not doing them. It is all here as Bacon takes us “behind the lens” of a remarkable and still-vibrant career and introduces us to those he has met along the way. To watch our conversation just click on the link above.
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