Footloose went down in history as one of the most popular dance movies of all time. The musical drama retains all of its popularity today as a classic, iconic film that will never be outdated. Despite the fact that there was a remake made, like most of us expected, it didn’t live up to the original film. The movie tells the inspiring story of a small town that bans together against the efforts of a local minister in order to bring music back into the lives of high school students. It’s been over 30 years since the original film was released — here’s a look back on 12 things you probably didn’t know about the movie Footloose:
12. Bacon Wasn’t Happy About Stunt Doubles
Kevin Bacon needed a lot of stunt doubles for his lead role because he wasn’t a professional dancer or gymnast. He had four stand ins including two gymnasts, a dance double and a stunt double. In an interview back in 2011, Bacon jokingly said he was furious about the number of stunt doubles he had for his role, “It’s like a starting pitcher getting taken out of a game — no one wants to be told they can’t get the guy out.” He also commented on the DVD commetary that there were days he didn’t even need to show up to work, “When I showed up to shoot [the solo dance] scene, I had a huge crisis in confidence. I had worked so hard and wanted to do everything. I showed up and there were four [stand-ins]. I felt like, why do I even need to show up? But obviously there were things I wasn’t able to do.” Bacon was also told by producers not to tell the media about his stunt doubles in fear of the film being criticized, but he refused to lie and the truth came out.