Kevin Bacon Visited the “Footloose” High School 40 Years Later

Kevin Bacon recently made a nostalgic trip back in time, visiting Payson High School in Utah, the iconic setting of the 1984 film “Footloose,” forty years after its release.

Reflecting on the passage of time, Kevin remarked, “40 years, that just blows my mind. Things look a little different around here, I’d say the thing that looks the most different is me.”

Despite the changes, he expressed awe at the enduring impact of the movie in bringing people together. “It’s amazing the power this movie has had to just kind of bring people together and connect on the basic ideas there are behind the movie, standing up to authority sometimes, being forgiving to people who are not exactly the same as you, and standing up for your own freedoms and your right to express yourself.”

The students of Payson High School campaigned for the Footloose star to visit, and even offered to support his foundation,  They pledged to create 5,000 essential resource kits to contribute to the foundation’s goal of 40,000.

Grateful for the students’ generosity, Kevin expressed his enthusiasm for collaborating with them, stating, “I’m thrilled we’re going to be working here together today.”


Debby Wong