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Kevin Bacon on Wearing a Disguise in Public: ‘This Sucks’

Kevin Bacon isn’t quite ready to give up fame.

The “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” star, 65, revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair published Thursday that he wore a disguise for a day to test out life as a “regular” person.

“I’m not complaining, but I have a face that’s pretty recognizable,” he said. “Putting my hat and glasses on is only going to work to a certain extent.”

Bacon went full actor mode for the role, telling the publication, “I went to a special effects makeup artist, had consultations, and asked him to make me a prosthetic disguise.”

His disguise resembled his sleazy character in the 1980s horror film “MaXXXine,” which hit theaters Friday.

To test out the new look, Bacon shared that he went to bustling outdoor mall The Grove in Los Angeles.

“Nobody recognized me,” he said, adding that the charm in being a regular person wore off pretty quickly.
Kevin Bacon wore a disguise to be unrecognizable in public. Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images for Tribeca Festival

“People were kind of pushing past me, not being nice,” he recalled. “Nobody said, ‘I love you.’ I had to wait in line to, I don’t know, buy a coffee or whatever.”

Bacon added: “I was like, ‘This sucks. I want to go back to being famous,'” he added.

The actor has been in movies since the late 1970s and skyrocketed into fame after his lead role in the 1984 film “Footloose.”

In June, he stopped by Tribeca Film Festival after a lively 40th anniversary screening of “Footloose,” where he discussed how his relationship with the film has evolved.

The role of Ren McCormack boosted Bacon to fame, but “then I was a pop star,” he said. So he wasn’t so quick to appreciate it and found it disorienting to become “super-famous” overnight.

“That was something I was just not comfortable with and resisted,” Bacon said. “I could have probably, in retrospect, embraced the movie a little bit more than I did, but I was resistant to do that. Of course, now time has given me a lot of perspective, both on the industry and just on giving myself a break about it. I did my best.”