at Yahoo this morning. Haven't seen either of the movies, and wouldn't in a theater. Wait for the DVDs, maybe.
Kevin Bacon Talks of Pain of Playing a Pedophile
By Mike Davidson
CANNES, France (Reuters) - As a father of two children, Hollywood star Kevin Bacon (news) said he found it agonizing to play a pedophile in the searing drama "The Woodsman."
Now he is dragging those memories up again to promote the uncompromising film at the Cannes film festival (news - web sites).
"Sometimes it was very unpleasant," he said of his role as a pedophile released from prison back into his home town where he moves into an apartment opposite a primary school, meets a young girl in the park and then has to struggle with all his old demons.
"It's unpleasant frankly talking about it now," he told Reuters Television. "I had finished the film and obviously put some distance between myself and it. When you get back into the promotion, you have to start to think about it."
He said of the demanding role: "I didn't think it was going to be a walk in the park. I knew it wouldn't be the most fun."
Bacon revels in the sheer variety of acting from roles in "Footloose" and "Diner" back in the Eighties to "Apollo 13" and "JFK" in the Nineties.
"But I find myself drawn time and time again to darker material and intense things maybe because I want to challenge myself as an actor," he said.
Bacon came to Cannes last year with the Clint Eastwood (news) movie "Mystic River" which told the tale of an abused child scarred forever.
"The problem of sex offences and the problem of child abuse is really, really widespread and certainly widespread in the United States and widespread everywhere," he said.
"Pretending you don't have an issue because of the shame that is associated with that is never going to help. It really is about shame."
What scares Bacon is the sheer ordinariness of the pedophile.
"The character in 'The Woodsman' is a real person," he said. "You cannot spot them in a crowd. They could be in your neighborhood. They could be on the bus, they could be in your church, they could be working in your schools.
"This is a much more chilling reality to me than the idea that they are monsters."
Bacon says he does not do his job to be a star. "I try not think too much about Hollywood per se. I am trying to go from part to part, role to role, making my own rules.
"I am 45 years old, I feel I am still able to make a living and I can start to define myself by what standards I set, not by some idea people say a Hollywood actor is supposed to be. To me, career planning is a bit of an oxymoron."