Kevin Bacon: It’s really cool being the hero in Guardians of the Galaxy

The galaxy has an unexpected new guardian, just in time for the holiday season.

Kevin Bacon, 64, made a surprise performance last month in the trailer for “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which premieres Friday on Disney+. And while Marvel fans and fans were thrilled with his casting, no one was more over the moon than Bacon himself.

“Listen, I love to do that kind of thing. For me, movies are this giant playground. I get to play and a grown man can run around and have fun,” Bacon, 64, told The Post recently. “I take work very seriously, but in the case of something like Guardians, you have to stop sometimes and go, ‘Oh, this is really cool! “I had a really fun party.”

In the special spin-off, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) set out to make Christmas a special one for Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt) and find him the perfect gift — by kidnapping and literally gifting him Bacon (with the help of a $40 Hollywood Star Map).

Kevin Bacon (right) joined the Marvel universe with a role in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” in which Chris Pratt (left) plays Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
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But Bacon’s interstellar journey to the Guardians’ wild winter wonderland was a strange one.

“Guardians” fans are well aware of Coyle’s focus on the “myth” of the “great hero” Bacon, a delusion cemented by the actor’s role in 1984’s “Footloose.” But his name-check for 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” caught Bacon by surprise. , So to speak.

“I was really shocked. I went into the movie without knowing that this was going to happen,” Bacon recalled to The Post of our adventure going to a theater where it was being shown. “And if you can imagine sitting there in a dark room with strangers—I was all alone—and all of a sudden they’re talking about me. I’ve had very strange experiences in my life based solely on, you know, what I do for a living. But that was very strange.”

In the end, though, the proud Philadelphia native said he was “happy” with the inclusion of the “funny” — which made it easier to sign on to director James Gunn’s hilarious new film.

“He’s got kind of a left-of-centre view of the world, which I think was cool and interesting to me,” Bacon said of Jean, with whom he worked on the 2010 action movie “Super.” “So when he reaches out and says, ‘I want to do this special vacation with you in it,’ it’s just an instant, ‘Yeah.’ I don’t need to read it. I’ll be there.”

But that’s for sure Not “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or whatever your grandmother prefers, could be the poignant holiday classic.

Kevin Bacon unloads holiday gifts from his car before an unfortunate altercation with two well-meaning but misguided guardians.
Kevin Bacon unloads holiday gifts from his car before an unfortunate altercation with two well-meaning but misguided guardians.
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Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) pay an uninvited visit to Kevin Bacon's house in...
Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) pay an uninvited visit to Kevin Bacon’s house in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
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For fans, the 44-minute quick show includes everyone’s favorite Guardians, including Quill, Drax, Mantis, Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Kraglin (Sean Gunn). ) and Yondu Odonta (Michael Rooker).

It also features some subversive music, including a hilarious – and violent – Christmas carol titled “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmas Is Here)”, which completely misunderstands the meaning of the holiday and calls Santa Claus “a furry stranger”. It includes lyrics such as: “Lady. Claus, running on the wand/Planning her man’s death/Soon the elves will all rise up and stab Santa’s eyes.” (The 12-song soundtrack was released November 23 and includes a melody with alt-country band The Old 97 and vocals by Bacon, who since 1994 has performed alongside his brother Michael in the Bacon Brothers group.)

Interestingly, in December 2020, Bacon took to Facebook to declare himself “a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to Christmas music.” While he grudgingly salutes Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas”, Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Greensleeves” as performed by John Coltrane, he bemoans the annual Christmas cacophony.

“I think maybe the songs aren’t the fact that it’s inevitable during that season, that every time you walk into a store or get in an elevator or turn on the radio, you know what I mean every time? You can’t get away from it,” he told the newspaper. But I think one of the fun things about the movie, you know, goes back to James and his sense of humor — and also his musical taste is that he found a whole bunch of very cool holiday songs to stick with the movie. “

Members of alternative country group The Old 97's perform with Kevin Bacon in the special.
Members of alternative country group The Old 97’s perform with Kevin Bacon in the special.
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The “Apollo 13” star is also tender when asked about his all-time favorite holidays before confessing his “love” for the animated original version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” One seems to catch one’s heart nostalgic.

“Part of the reason you like something like this is because it takes you back to the time you first saw it, you know what I mean?” He said the memories. “So it’s not about the content, the actual thing. It’s just the feeling of going back and experiencing what you experienced as a kid.”

It remains to be seen if the Guardians special will become a prized permanent program – though Bacon may really be poised for that extra notoriety, due in part to the viral Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. She claims that the “Friday the 13th” and “A Few Good Men” actor is the center of the entertainment world and that any actor can be linked to Bacon — whose IMDb profile lists over 100 roles — in just six steps.

Director/writer James Gunn (right) works with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (center) on set
Director and screenwriter James Gunn (right) works with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (center) on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
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Bacon initially saw the game as a dig at his career, telling The Post in 2013 that he “thinks it’s kind of going away”. But he has since learned to accept cultural queerness and even used it as a catapult for a nonprofit organization.

“It took me a while to see the value of it, honestly, but now I fully embrace it. It’s my life,” he recently explained to The Post. “I can’t believe you became an actor because you wanted to hide. You became an actor because you wanted to do something that people would see and recognize. And sometimes that recognition comes in certain kinds of ways and sometimes it comes in other ways.”

“I’m just grateful I kept working today, because I’m still able to do things that people still want to see. I push myself all the time.”


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