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Kevin Bacon returns to high school where ‘Footloose’ was filmed 40 years later

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Kevin Bacon


Kevin Bacon revisited the school where the iconic movie “Footloose” was shot more than four decades ago.

1984 movie


Bacon, known for his role as Ren McCormack in the film, made a special visit to Payson High in Utah, the actual location used in the 1984 movie.

Nostalgic return


The students themselves played a key role in persuading Bacon to make this nostalgic return.

Social media videos


For several months, the students dedicated their time to creating social media videos that recreated scenes and dances from the famous movie, using the hashtag #bacontopayson, with the goal of enticing the actor to return to their school.

Final prom


In March, Bacon made a video announcement confirming his visit to the school, and he fulfilled his promise on Saturday, April 20. He revisited the school, which is scheduled to be moved, on the night of their final prom.

Go Lions


“Go Lions! Here we are with this beautiful, beautiful spot on this beautiful, beautiful day,” Bacon said to Payson High students, according to video posted by Salt Lake City’s ABC 4.

40 years


“It’s been a long time – 40 years – that just blows my mind, you know. Things look a little different around here. I’d say the thing that looks the most different is me.”

This is crazy


“When I first heard about this Bacon to Payson thing, I was like ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ But you were all just tireless. Unrelenting … You talked me into it,” Bacon said.



“I think it’s great to see that kind of commitment to anything. I also think that it’s amazing the power that this movie has had to just kind of bring people together, and connect on the basic ideas there are behind the movie – you know, standing up to authority sometimes, and to being forgiving of people who are not exactly the same as you, and for standing up for your own freedoms and your right to express yourself, and for having compassion for other people,” the actor continued.

Movie star


“And that’s what all of you have shown here, by turning what could be just a movie star coming back to get pat on the back, into something really positive. And that’s what we’re going to do today when we build these kits,” Bacon continued.

Essential resource kits


The students assisted in assembling 5,000 “essential resource kits” for youth and schools as part of their support for Bacon’s charity, SixDegrees, as reported by The Associated Press.



“Thank you, thank you so much, and thank you especially for the commitment to giving back to your community and to the people you’re sharing this planet with, and I’m thrilled we’re going to be working here together today,” Bacon said to the students.



While at the school, Bacon revisited his original locker from the movie “Footloose,” as shown in a video shared by Today.



The locker had been adorned with memorabilia by the current students of the school.

40th anniversary


“Footloose,” a film that marked a significant milestone in Bacon’s career, is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year.

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