Kevin Bacon Gets ‘Footloose’ on ‘The Tonight Show’


Kevin Bacon proved he can still get Footloose during an appearance Friday on the Tonight Show to promote his TV show The Following. The 55-year-old actor celebrated his breakout movie’s 30th anniversary with a shot-by-shot recreation of his famous dancing montage from the ending sequence of the film. The 1984 movie Footloose catapulted Bacon to stardom and made the country revel in rebellion and dance.

The segment began with host Jimmy Fallon declaring that dancing has been outlawed on the Tonight Show, which was a skit designed to pay homage to the central plot of Footloose. In the film, Bacon’s character, Ren McCormack, moves to a small town where dancing has been banned by the local preacher, played by John Lithgow. After arriving in town and falling for the preacher’s daughter, portrayed by Fame‘s Lori Singer, Bacon’s Ren decides to challenge the town’s curfew laws and fight for the right to dance. The film proved to be a blockbuster hit and launched many careers in the process.

On the Tonight Show, Kevin Bacon proved he can still get Footloose by recreating a rendition of the ending sequence of the film that made him famous 30 years ago. After Fallon declared there would be no dancing on the show, the segment cut to the actor reacting to the news, during which he put an audio cassette into the stereo, stimulates smoking a cigarette, swigs some beer, and relieves his frustration via some sexy dance moves. The actor even donned a maroon suit and bow-tie–just like the wardrobe he wore in the film–and shouts, “Let’s dance!”

Footloose was a classic tale of teenage rebellion and repression and it featured creative dance sequences and heartfelt performances. When big-city teenager Ren McCormack moves to small town U.S.A., he suffers a real case of culture shock. The streetwise Ren can’t quite adapt to his new surroundings, especially when his beloved rock music and dancing are banned. However, there are some redeeming qualities to his new home–Ariel Moore, a troubled but lovely blonde with a jealous boyfriend, who is among a small group of kindred spirits he meets along the way. Moreover, there is also the Bible-thumping minister, who is responsible for keeping the town dance-free. Ren and his classmates team up to battle the ordinance, especially since the senior prom is drawing near. Will Ren have the courage to initiate a battle to abolish the outmoded ban and revitalize the spirit of the repressed townspeople? Will Ren win the girl? Will the brokenhearted preacher dance? Tune in and find out. It’s a fast-paced drama, packed with great dance numbers, a nice coming-of-age romance, and a terrific soundtrack.

Kevin Bacon proving he can still get his Footloose on during the Tonight Show was quite nostalgic and brought back memories of a simplier and more musically inclined time. The entertaining romp could be indicative of what to expect with Fallon as host of the Tonight Show. Bacon’s appearance was one of the most energized and thoroughly entertaining segments Fallon has presented since taking over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno in February 2014. Moreover, Bacon’s shot-by-shot recreation of his famous dancing montage from the ending sequence of Footloose proved to be a worthy homage to the film and it served as one of Fallon’s Must-See TV moments as host of the Tonight Show.

Opinion By Leigh Haugh


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