Kevin Bacon was ‘very reluctant’ to transition from film to TV

Kevin Bacon didn’t think it was possible to be a film and TV actor.
The star has been a prominent face in Hollywood since making his big screen debut in the late 1970s, with credits including Footloose, Apollo 13 and X-Men: First Class. While the actor has made several cameo appearances on TV shows through the years, he only made his TV drama debut in 2013’s The Following – a move he was “very, very reluctant” to make.
“I grew up in an era where you were either a TV actor or you were a movie actor and you didn’t do both,” he told “And if you had been a movie actor and things had not been going well, then maybe you would do TV because that was your only option to pay your rent… it was a really hard call to make.”
When he finally decided to look into doing TV some years ago, however, the 60-year-old read “three of the best scripts I’d read in years.”
He continued, saying they were, “way better than the movies I was being offered,” and added: “All of a sudden, I thought to myself, ‘What have I been waiting for?'”
Kevin stars in new U.S. TV drama series City on a Hill, which premiered on the Showtime network on Sunday (16Jun19).