Movie Flashback: 8 Years Ago Audiences Met a New Degree of Kevin Bacon
12.24.12 by Chris
Kevin Bacon is known for his lighthearted roles of being a rule breaker (Footloose) or hunting down underground monsters (Tremors) in this 2004 movie he played his most unfriendly character ever.
In The Woodsman, which was released eight years ago today, Bacon played a child molester who was recently released from prison. The movie co-starred Bacon's real-life wife Kyra Sedgwick, Mos Def, Benjamin Bratt, Eve, and David Alan Grier.
In an interview, Bacon talked about what it was like playing such a evil character.
It is…it’s difficult. Look, in general, this is not a pleasant place to go to work every day, to be in this guy’s skin, for her to be in the skin of that character carrying around a lot of shame and a lot of hurt. And certainly it’s just not fun. But acting is exhilarating in a lot of ways. When you feel like you’ve done a good job, when you feel like you’ve connected to something emotional. That’s why we do it. But people have asked me if it was hard for me, or us, to shake it off and I realized that it’s not so much the ‘shaking off’ that’s hard. It’s the knowing that you’ve gotta go back down in it the next day.
The movie was not a financial hit but Bacon earned praised for his performance. The movie had an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the Jury Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Ddespite its controversial subject matter the movie was able to double its production budget ($4 million) worldwide. The movie was only released in 84 theaters in the U.S. and had a very limited release in the U.K.
Where to Watch It: The Woodsman is on DVD and available on Hulu Plus.