By Vic Medina | Posted

Hey kids! Your parents may be less than six degrees away from Kevin Bacon and don’t even know it! If they went to high school in Provo, Utah in 1983, Bacon might have been their classmate, at least for a day. The Emmy-nominated star of classics like jfk, some good menand animal house recently appeared on an episode of First We Feast’s The hottest on YouTube and confirmed a long-circulating story that he actually went undercover as a high school kid to prepare for his role in the 80s classic. Free from all ties. You can watch the full episode, in which Bacon endures a gauntlet of chicken wings that get hotter than the previous one, here.

ComicBook.com detailed the Apollo 13 star experiments, in which Bacon, 23, posed as a college student for a day at a high school in Provo, Utah, where Free from all ties was filmed. He admits to not being sure he could turn into a teenager for the film, so with the director’s blessing he gave it a try, and his experiences echoed those his character would have in the film. In Free from all ties, Kevin Bacon played Ren, a Chicago teenager who moves to a small town in the Midwest, where dancing is banned and he’s a fish out of water. Bacon said his return to high school to prepare for the film found him in the same role and having the same experiences as his character, bumping into some kids while befriending others, none of whom knew he was an actor.

Calling it “the dumbest ride in the world”, he said the experience left him so traumatized that at the end of the day, all he wanted to do was hit a bar. “It was so much like the movie, I can’t tell you,” Kevin Bacon said. “Some of the badass kids were…facing me in the bathroom and stuff. And then there was this big, corn-fed guy who took me under his wing and said, “You’re all backing off. I get it, he’s fine. And the girls, when I walked down the hall, laughed. Not only were the students kept in the dark, but so were the teachers, and it’s unclear if they ever found out that a movie star wandered among them for a day.

This isn’t the first time Bacon has spoken about his unusual research method to prepare for the role of Ren. In an episode of Variety’s Actors on ActorsKevin Bacon and his Free from all ties co-star John Lithgow spoke about the incident. Lithgow played Reverend Shaw Moore in the film, who led the charge to stop the town’s children from dancing, until Ren changed his mind. The movie was actually based on a real incident in a town in Oklahoma, where dancing was banned until 1980, when high school kids were finally allowed to hold a prom and dance.

Free from all ties made Kevin Bacon a real movie star, after his role in the critically acclaimed 1982 film dinner. He starred in a number of commercial hits in the 1980s and 1990s, including Tremors, Flatliners, The Wild River, Wild Thingsand hollow man. In recent years he has starred in films like Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class, Black Mass, and patriots day. His new movie, They theypremieres on Peacock this month. Free from all ties is known as much for its music as for the film itself, with Kenny Loggins’ title track and Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” topping the Billboard charts at number one. The soundtrack was the No. 1 album in the country for two consecutive months in the summer of 1984. It had six Top 40 hits, including Bonnie Raitt’s “Holding Out for a Hero”, “Almost Paradise” by Ann Wilson and Mike Reno, and “Somebody’s Eyes” by Karla Bonoff.