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Kevin Bacon visits the scene of Footloose four decades later – MKFM 106.3FM


Actor Kevin Bacon has returned to the American high school where his film Footloose was filmed more than forty years ago.

The 65-year-old visited Payson High School in Utah to greet students after a yearlong campaign that began on social media under the hashtag #BaconToPayson.

According to news reports last month, the school had gone Footloose-crazy: they organized a Footloose movie night, put on a Footloose musical, renamed the annual Mr Payson pageant after the actor and even held an essay competition to win over Bacon to come.

The mission turned into a community-wide campaign to partner with the actor’s charity, with students helping put together 5,000 care packages for SixDegrees.

And on Saturday, the actor came to help about 700 students and 300 community members fill the care packages.

“You talked me into it,” he told the students.

“It’s great to see such dedication to anything.

“I also think it’s great to see the power this film has had to bring people together.”

When he accepted the invitation to visit in March, he said: “I’m so impressed with everything that’s happened there with this crazy idea to get me back, so thank you, thank you, and I’ll be right there. . I have to come.”

In Footloose, Bacon played a Chicago teenager who moves to a small town and fights against the ban on dancing.

The town of Payson, about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City, was the setting for the film.

Some of the 21,000 residents remember being extras and can point out parts of the city used in the film.

At the end of the day, Payson High School students held their prom.

It is likely the last ball at the school before the aging buildings are demolished next year.

The theme of the ball? Footless of course.

Sky News

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