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Kevin Bacon Reacts to Idea of a “Footloose ”Sequel 40 Years Later: 'I Think It Would Be a Disaster'

The actor said on his 'Six Degrees' podcast that he doesn't think a follow-up to his 1984 classic would hit

<p>Jason Mendez/Getty; Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock </p> Kevin Bacon in New York City on Dec. 4, 2023; Kevin Bacon in <em>Footloose</em> (1984)

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Kevin Bacon in New York City on Dec. 4, 2023; Kevin Bacon in Footloose (1984)

Kevin Bacon isn't keen on the idea of a Footloose sequel.

Ahead of the classic dance drama's 40th anniversary, the actor, 65, answered a fan question about a potential follow-up movie on the latest episode of his Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon podcast.

Bacon initially responded, "Footloose 2 has been done," referring to the 2011 remake that starred Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Miles Teller.

SixDegrees.org's Executive Director Stacy Huston pointed out that a sequel might be more like, "You are now John Lithgow['s character] ... not you're banning dancing, but like, [your character Ren is] older, you've raised your own [family], your kids are in high school ... I feel like that's the sequel. Like, [the main character is] your son."

"Never say never, [but] I think it would be a disaster," Bacon joked.

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<p>Paramount/Kobal/Shutterstock </p> Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in <em>Footloose</em> (1984)

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Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer in Footloose (1984)

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Footloose follows Bacon's teen character Ren McCormack, who moves from Chicago to a small southwestern town with his mother Ethel (Frances Lee McCain). He falls in love with Ariel Moore (Lori Singer), the rebellious daughter of Reverend Shaw Moore (Lithgow, 78) and his wife Vi (Dianne Wiest).

Ren, Ariel, Ariel's friend Rusty (Sarah Jessica Parker), Ren's new friend Willard (the late Chris Penn) and more soon band together to try and overturn Rev. Moore's ban on dancing.

The film became a sensation, helping to launch Bacon's career and the accompanying Kenny Loggins song "Footloose" to become an earworm lasting for four decades and counting.

But the movie's ending — a.k.a. the cast's musical number after Ren's iconic line, "Let's dance!" — was almost completely different, according to Bacon.

"I run into the place, I say, 'Let's dance!' and there's like a moment of dancing, and then right away, it goes into slow motion," he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2022. "There's glitter falling from the sky and everyone is just moving in slow motion. This was the original ending."

"The studio tested the movie, and they were like, 'This doesn't work at all,' " Bacon added. "Everyone wants to get up and dance at the end of this movie."

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Despite his hesitance about a sequel today, Bacon still has the moves — as does his wife Kyra Sedgwick!

In a video shared by Bacon on his Instagram in June 2022, the couple tried out the viral "Footloose Drop." Set to the film's title track by Loggins, the then-popular TikTok trend featured one person holding another by their arm and leg before they drop to the beat.

"I don't remember this being part of the original #Footloose choreography," Bacon wrote in the caption, "but figured we'd give it a spin."

The move may have been new to Bacon, but he and Sedgwick, 58, were seemingly able to accomplish it with ease, even high-fiving one another after they finished.

Sedgwick may have gone a little too hard, though, as she was shown icing her wrist with a cold compress in a photo posted by her husband a day later. "The aftermath of nailing a TikTok dance #Footloose," Bacon wrote in the caption.

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