Kevin Bacon Was Mr. Cool Disguise For A Day, Hated It

By Gabe Delahaye / August 31, 2011

You know how celebrities are always saying that the thing that they want the most is a blowjob from a real life mermaid to just be able to go out in public for once in their lives without being recognized, enjoying that beautiful sense of privacy that the rest of us stupid civilians take for granted? Well, Kevin Bacon DID IT! And HATED IT! From the LA Times (Via FilmDrunk):

A couple of years ago, Kevin Bacon needed a few degrees of separation from his fame. He daydreamed of a crowded place where people didn’t tug at his sleeve to gush about “Footloose” or quote “Diner.” Finally, he went to a Hollywood makeup specialist and invested in a custom-made disguise that was weirdly simple but completely effective. He paid the $500 and then, with an anxious glee, he took his new rubber face to the Grove shopping center to experience an afternoon without autographs.

“You wouldn’t have recognized me if I was standing next to you,” Bacon said with a faraway expression. “It was really bizarre and I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like it at all. People cut in front of you and when you’re at a check-out counter it’s just … different. People weren’t all that nice to me. I’m just not used to it.”

Sitting in a quiet corner of a Brentwood restaurant, the actor shook his head, perhaps surprised at his own candor and then laughed at himself. “I can’t imagine life without it,” he added, referring to fame…

You know what I like about this? It’s honest! Kevin Bacon is famous and loves it. Good for him! That old chestnut about how hard it is being a celebrity because people take your picture at CVS has always seemed kind of specious. I’m not saying there aren’t ASPECTS of it that aren’t VERY VERY HARD. Most celebrities end up borderline psychotic, so something is obviously up with it. But they place their focus on the wrong things. Like, what I think probably makes famous people so crazy is the unrelenting status anxiety that comes with living a momentarily exciting life that you know for a fact could and almost definitely WILL be snatched away from you at any second. And since most of the people who finally get that kind of life were the ones willing to do absolutely ANYTHING they could to get it in the first place, you can imagine that the terror of losing it is pretty complete and makes for scrambled brains. But, like, yeah, going to a restaurant and having everyone falling over themselves to pour you free champagne is NOT THE ISSUE. Admittedly, I’m not entirely clear why Kevin Bacon dressed up in a disguise to GO TO THE MALL. That doesn’t sound fun at all. Then again, his name is Kevin Bacon, not Kevin Genius.