Q: Does Kevin Bacon actually do all his own dancing in "Footloose" or did he have a double to do all the moves?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Here's how you know the 1984 classic "Footloose" is a dancing movie: Kevin Bacon actually had four dance doubles, while also managing to do most of the dancing himself.

In an interview with People magazine in 2011, when the remake of the film came out, Bacon opened up about his experience doing the movie that would make him a star.

He said he did the majority of his own dancing, until it came to the over-the-top warehouse scene. For the few people on Earth who aren't familiar, the premise of the movie is that Bacon's character moves to a small town that has banned dancing, and he riles up the local youth to fight the unjust (and very un-'80s) rule. At the character's low point, he runs off to an abandoned warehouse to just dance out his feelings of frustration. What follows is one of the strangest and also most beloved solo dance scenes ever put to film -- one that's as much a gymnastics recital as a dance sequence.

Indeed, two of Bacon's four dance doubles were actually gymnasts -- they were there along with a traditional dancer and a stuntman. "There were five of us in the f------ outfit, and I felt horrible," Bacon told People.

If you're wondering why he gets so swear-y, he says that he was angry at the time -- and still is, though he can laugh about it -- that the director wouldn't let him do all the dancing.

"Are you kidding? I was furious," he said. "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."


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