7. Studio execs didn't think he was sexy enough for Footloose
Though Ren McCormack, the defiant, dancing teen in Footloose, remains one of his defining roles, Bacon almost didn't get the part. Studio exec Dawn Steel didn't think he was "fuckable," and wanted Tom Cruise or Rob Lowe to play Ren. The movie's producer and director wanted Bacon, though, and after putting him through a screen test, a dance class, multiple wardrobe stylings, and an expensive haircut, Bacon became the leading man.
8. Footloose didn't immediately put him on a fulfilling career path
Bacon moved to New York at age 17 with a plan to become a serious actor. Footloose brought stardom, but not the meaty follow-up leading man roles he'd hoped for. "When I came to New York, I already considered myself a man of wisdom and experience. I had an idea of this kind of actor that I should be. Someone who should be respected, serious, versatile, like Meryl Streep," he told The Guardian. "Then all of a sudden I was like a pop star. I was on the cover of Seventeen, People, Us. But the choices that I started to make after Footloose were ill-advised. I didn't have a manager, I wasn't going to pay someone another 15 percent to tell me what to do -- I know what to do. As a result, it was almost like self-sabotage." Among his post-Footloose movie roles: the forgettable Quicksilver, White Water Summer, and Pyrates, in which he and real-life wife Kyra Sedgwick star as a couple whose sexual chemistry literally sets things on fire.