Kevin Bacon Tried To Disguise Himself As A Regular Person For A Day, And The Outcome Is Hilarious

Kevin Bacon tried to be average for a day, but it didn't play out how he expected.

Kevin Bacon wearing sunglasses, a light shirt, and a mauve blazer at a red carpet event
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I first fell in love with Kevin's acting after watching The River Wild (1994) with my family and then secretly watching Wild Things (1998) without my family a few years later.

The cast of
The cast of
Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell, and Matt Dillon posing together outdoors by a pool in stylish casual clothing
Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards, Neve Campbell, and Matt Dillon posing together outdoors by a pool in stylish casual clothing

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Almost everybody recognizes Kevin from at least one movie or can famously link him to another person using six degrees or less.

Kevin Bacon in a white tank top, leaning against a yellow structure with one hand on his head
Kevin Bacon in a white tank top, leaning against a yellow structure with one hand on his head
Kevin Bacon wearing a dark coat with fur collar and a burgundy shirt and scarf, standing in front of a map background
Kevin Bacon wearing a dark coat with fur collar and a burgundy shirt and scarf, standing in front of a map background

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kevin revealed how he tried to live out his fantasy of being a non-famous person, and the result is hilarious.

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He was confident that no disguise would keep people from recognizing his famous face.

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"I went to a special effects makeup artist, had consultations, and asked him to make me a prosthetic disguise," Kevin explained.

Kevin Bacon poses at the Tribeca Festival, wearing a casual denim jacket over a white shirt and black pants. He smiles with hands in his pockets
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Kevin's prosthetic disguise consisted of fake teeth, a prosthetic nose, glasses, and an outfit that resembled his character in MaXXXine, the final installment in Ti West's horror trilogy that also includes 2022's X and Pearl.

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He chose to test out his new disguise at The Grove, a heavily populated outdoor shopping mall in Los Angeles. FYI: It's about nine minutes from Hollywood.

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"Nobody recognized me," Kevin said.

Kevin Bacon on the red carpet, wearing a light beige shirt and a matching suit, with sunglasses
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Living out his fantasy was different from what he expected.

"People were kind of pushing past me, not being nice," he said.

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"Nobody said, 'I love you.'" He continued. "I had to wait in line to, I don't know, buy a fucking coffee or whatever."

Kevin Bacon performs on stage, singing into a microphone with arms outstretched, dressed in a dark suit and black shirt
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In the end, Kevin was not about the simple life.

"I was like, This sucks. I want to go back to being famous."

Kevin Bacon wearing a suit and tie, standing on the red carpet
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Nobody recogizing him is wildly funny, considering that Kevin Bacon is one of the most famous actors with a career dating back to the '70s.

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Kevin also played an invisible man in Hollow Man, but it's not so much fun in real life — is it?

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As a Los Angeles resident, I seem to run into someone who looks like Kevin Bacon daily, so I don't blame The Grove patrons for ignoring him. But how did they not recognize his voice?

Kevin Bacon singing into a microphone on stage wearing a suit
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Read the full interview here.