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'Taking Chance' Interview With Kevin Bacon

by Maggie Furlong, posted Feb 19th 2009 6:00AM
"We don't have like Kevin Bacon Movie Night, where the family sits around with a big bowl of popcorn and 'Tremors.'"

Kevin Bacon is everywhere these days -- but for the man who's the origin of the infamous "Six Degrees" game, what do you expect?

His latest project is 'Taking Chance' (premieres Sat., Feb. 21, 8PM on HBO), a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated movie based on a true story. Bacon plays Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a decorated Desert Storm vet who volunteers to escort the remains of a young Marine, Chance Phelps, back to his hometown to be laid to rest.

Bacon chatted with AOL TV about his back-to-back military roles, his advice for Zac Efron, his most random Six Degrees connection ... and the downside to being famous. -- By Maggie Furlong


Kevin Bacon Q&A

    Kevin Bacon is everywhere these days -- but for the man who's the origin of the infamous "Six Degrees" game, what do you expect?

    His latest project is 'Taking Chance' (premieres Sat., Feb. 21, 8PM on HBO), a Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated movie based on a true story. Bacon plays Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a decorated Desert Storm vet who volunteers to escort the remains of a young Marine, Chance Phelps, back to his hometown to be laid to rest.

    Bacon chatted with AOL TV about his back-to-back military roles, his advice for Zac Efron, his most random Six Degrees connection ... and the downside to being famous. -- By Maggie Furlong

    Mark Mainz, AP

    1. This movie is heartbreaking and really powerful -- did you have any idea that these cross-country escorts happened before you took this part?

    No ... no I didn't know. I, unfortunately like the rest of this country, didn't really think about it, you know? You knew that someone is killed and once in a while, they'll put a picture in the paper, but more often than not, it kind of becomes this -- you just don't know. That's one of the things that's kind of cool about this -- it's bearing witness to this process.

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      2. There are subtle references to Bush and his push for more soldiers to go to war -- do you think things in Iraq will change now that we have a new President in office?

      Yeah, I'd like to hope so. You know, I will remain hopeful -- you have to remain hopeful that we can find peace anywhere. At the same time, it's a difficult situation ... it's a difficult world situation that we're in. That's the question: How is he gonna handle it?

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        3. You were also just in 'Frost/Nixon,' which is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture -- what do you think are its chances at the Oscars?

        I think they're good -- I think it's got a one in five chance in each category. [Laughs] I think it's a great movie. I thought that Ron [Howard, who directed] did an incredible job. It's very, very exciting and it's not a dusty old historical movie. It's just a great movie. I was proud to be in it.

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          4. You played a military man in 'Frost/Nixon' as well -- is there something going on with you that we need to know about?

          No, no -- that's just the way it rolled out. I just happened to do two in a row. I went straight from 'Taking Chance' into 'Frost/Nixon.' I already had the haircut, which was good. [Laughs] I enjoy switching it up -- I enjoy not doing the same thing that I did [before]. I think it's important to try to play as many different kinds of men that you possibly can. That's why I became an actor, just to be able to walk in different people's shoes, and I've been really lucky in that way. If somebody came to me right now with an intense, internal military part, I don't think I would be all that drawn to it, just because I just did that.

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            5. Which of your characters' lines is most often quoted back to you?

            What's so funny about that is, sometimes people come up to me and they quote them, but since I don't really go back and watch the movies, oftentimes I have no idea what they're saying. I just think it's like a random comment. [Laughs] It just happened to me recently -- someone came up to me and said, "You're a lousy basketball player, Jack!" And I went, "What? But I'm Kevin. I mean, I know I'm a lousy basketball player, but why are you calling me Jack?" [Laughs]

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              6. So you don't watch your own movies?

              No. I mean, I see them a couple of times when they come out, and then that's it. My kids aren't really interested -- they've never been really into watching either one of us on screen. If they want to, I don't care, that's fine with me, but we don't have like Kevin Bacon Movie Night, where the family sits around with a big bowl of popcorn and 'Tremors' [laughs].

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