John Hughes Remembered: Kevin Bacon (Jake from 'She's Having a Baby')

Kevin-Bacon-1988_lKEVIN BACON:

Leave it to me to be in the one John Hughes film that doesn’t explode at the box office. I was extremely proud of the movie. It’s without a doubt his most serious film. That some people had a difficult time with it critically was a very hard thing for him, because it was extremely personal. Whether it’s clear or not from the movie, it’s the closest that John ever came to putting himself in a film.

We spent a lot of time together. Not only were we working all day, every day, but then we spent time together every weekend. I kind of started to feel like I was him, or at least some version of him. We would always go for really long and really fun dinners with his family. He loved to just talk, sit and talk, laugh, joke, tell stories.

[The child birth sequence with the Kate Bush song, “This Woman’s Work”] was so intense. He’d picked that song already, so I listened to it again and again and again—he’d play it live on the set. I didn’t have kids then, so I was basically projecting and trying to figure out what that kind of pressure and fear could be. When my son was born, we had a really similar situation, where the cord was around his neck, and they moved [Bacon’s wife] Kyra [Sedgwick] from one room to another. I mean, it was, like, literally straight out of She’s Having A Baby. And the crazy thing was, my reaction was so similar. It’s such a lame thing to say, but it was almost as though I’d practiced for this moment by making this film. I was there going, “Holy s—, John Hughes already took me through this.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Everett Collection

More John Hughes Remembered:

JON CRYER (Duckie from ‘Pretty in Pink’)

BILL PAXTON (Chet from ‘Weird Science’)

JEFFREY JONES (Principal Ed Rooney from ‘Ferris Bueller’)

ALAN RUCK (Cameron from ‘Ferris Bueller’)

LEA THOMPSON (Amanda from ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’)

KELLY LYNCH (Grey from ‘Curly Sue’)

HAROLD RAMIS: (director of Hughes-penned ‘Vacation’)

BEVERLY D’ANGELO (Ellen Griswold in ‘Vacation’)

DANIEL STERN (burglar in Hughes-penned ‘Home Alone’)

CHRIS COLUMBUS (director of ‘Home Alone’)


Comments (6 total) Add your comment
  • Rick

    I have to say, I am a huge fan of the “teenage” John Hughes movies since I could relate to them at the time, but I always loved this one too and never understood why it never caught on.

  • sjj

    Please fix the John Cryer link– thanks.

  • gigi

    Although not a box office success, still one of my favorites. Thanks Kevin. Thanks Mr. Hughes.

  • KWise

    This movie may not have had the box office success of his other films, but it is still loved by SO many people. I’ve always adored this film.

  • Suenue

    Hughes sounded like a great guy. And Bacon is the tops.

  • mb

    I just re-watched this film, always a favorite, and then went to look up the reviews from back in the day. The main critical feedback was about the flights of fancy–that they didn’t move the story along. I think they surprised people used to Hughes other films, but this one captures the crazy thinking that the insecure among us go through as we adjust to loving and being loved. Perfect. And perfect performances from Kevin and Elizabeth. A Lili Taylor moment, great Alec Baldwin…

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