Kevin Bacon is returning to 'Footloose' school for final prom

Publish Date
Monday, 25 March 2024, 12:15PM

Kick off the Sunday shoes! 40 years after the iconic '80s film was released, Kevin Bacon is returning to Payson High School in Utah for one last dance. 

After the students launched a campaign to get him to attend, recreating scenes from the movie and organising an event in support of his charity, Kevin joined a school assembly via Zoom to announce he will be in attendance.

"I have been so impressed with everything that’s been going on there with this crazy idea to get me to come back. I’ve been amazed at the work that all of you have been putting into this, with the musical and the flash mobs and the re-creations.”

“It hasn’t gone unnoticed by me, not to mention the fact that you tied in, our foundation, and are trying to figure out ways to give back to your community. It’s really inspirational, so thank you. Thank you. And I’m gonna come. I gotta come. Let’s dance!”

Kevin previously spoke about what the movie meant to him, telling the Today show: "I love it. I think it's great. It's like all of those things that you think 'Oh, my gosh, is it ever going to go away?' At a certain point, you have to embrace the beast.

"It was a great gift to be part of the movie. I certainly took it very seriously when I was doing it and I love that people will still come up and say that they just showed it to their kids."

Kevin credits the movie's popularity to the musical adaptation, which premiered in 1998. "After the Broadway show (ended) its run, it then becomes available to be done in every single high school. And there's not that many plays, certainly musicals, where you can have a musical and a bunch of high school kids in it."

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