It’s ‘really cool’ to be a hero in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

There’s an unexpected new parent in the galaxy, just in time for the holiday season.

Kevin Bacon, 64, made a surprise cameo in the trailer for “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which premiered on Disney+ last month. And while Marvel fanboys and fangirls were delighted by his casting, no one was more over the moon than Bacon.

“Listen, I love doing things like this. For me, movies are a huge playground. I get to play and the grown man just has fun and has fun,” Bacon, 64, recently told The Post. “I take this job very seriously, but with something like ‘Parents,’ sometimes you have to stop and go, ‘Oh, s–t, this is really cool!’ I got a really fun gig.”

In the spinoff special, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) set out to make Christmas special for Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt) and find him the perfect gift — by kidnapping and literally giving him bacon. Giving ($40 with the help of Hollywood Star Map).

Kevin Bacon (right) has joined the Marvel Metaverse with a cameo "Parents of the Galaxy Holiday Special," Starring Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
Kevin Bacon (right) joins the Marvel Universe with a role in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which stars Chris Pratt (left) as Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
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But Bacon’s interstellar journey to the Guardians’ wild winter wonderland was a strange one.

Fans of “Guardians” are well aware of Quill’s fixation on the “legend” of the “great hero” Bacon, an obsession that was oddly heightened by the actor’s role in 1984’s “Footloose.” But a name-check on his 2014 film “Guardians of the Galaxy” caught Bacon off-guard.

“I was really shocked. I went to the movie not knowing this was going to happen,” Bacon recalled to the Post about going to the theater showing it. “And if you can imagine sitting in a dark room with strangers — I was alone — and all of a sudden they’re talking about me. I’ve had a lot of weird experiences in my life, based on, you know, what I do for a living. But she was very strange.”

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In the end, the proud Philadelphian said he was “thrilled” by his “delightful” inclusion — which made it even easier to sign on to filmmaker James Gunn’s new, festive delight.

“He has a kind of left-of-center view of the world, which was fascinating and interesting to me,” Bacon said of Gunn, with whom he worked on the 2010 action flick “Super.” “So when he reaches out and says, ‘I want to make this holiday special and you’re in,’ it’s just an immediate, ‘Yes.’ I don’t need to read it. I’ll be there.”

But it certainly is No Whether it’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” or your grandmother’s favorite, touching holiday classic.

Kevin Bacon unloads holiday presents from his car and has an unfortunate argument with some well-meaning but misguided parents.
Kevin Bacon unloads holiday presents from his car and has an unfortunate argument with some well-meaning but misguided parents.
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Mantis (Pam Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) visit Kevin Bacon's house unopposed. "Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special."
Mantis (Pam Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) visit Kevin Bacon’s house unopposed in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
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For fans, the fast-paced, 44-minute show features everyone’s favorite guardians including Quill, Drax, Mantis, Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (voice of Vin Diesel), Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper), Kraglin (Sean Gunn). ) and Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker).

And it also has some subversive music, including a hilarious — and violent — Christmas carol titled, “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmas Is Here),” which completely misinterprets the meaning of the holiday and labels Santa Claus. puts Hairy freak.” It includes lyrics such as: “Mrs. Claus, she works the pole / Plans her man’s death / Soon the elves will all rise and tear Santa’s eyes out.” (The 12-song soundtrack was released on November 23 and includes tunes by alt-country band Old 97’s and vocals by Bacon, who has performed with his sibling Michael in the Bacon Brothers group since 1994.)

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Notably, in December 2020, Bacon declared himself a “bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas music” on Facebook. While he warms to Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas,” Otis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and John Coltrane’s “Greensleeves,” he otherwise laments the annual cacophony of Christmas carols.

“I think it’s probably less that the songs are inescapable in that season, that every time you, you know, walk into a store or an elevator or turn on the radio, you know what I mean? You can’t get away from it,” he told The Post. “But I think one of the funniest things about the movie is James and his sense of humor — and his love of music is that he found a bunch of great holiday songs to stick with the movie. .”

Members of alt-country group The Old 97's perform a special with Kevin Bacon.
Members of alt-country group The Old 97’s perform a special with Kevin Bacon.
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“Apollo 13” Tara Dr. He’s also very excited when specifically asked for his all-time favorite holiday before confessing his “love” for the original, animated version of Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It seems that someone has captured his nostalgic heart.

“Part of why you like something like that is because it takes you back to the first time you saw it, you know what I mean?” said a reminiscent Bacon. “So it’s not so much about the content, the actual thing. It’s a feeling of going back and experiencing what you experienced as a child.”

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It remains to be seen whether the “Guardians” special will become a prized perennial event — though Bacon may already be ready for that extra notoriety, thanks in part to the extensive six degrees of the Kevin Bacon game. It claims that the “Friday the 13th” and “A Few Good Men” actor is the center of the entertainment universe, and that any actor can be connected to Bacon — whose IMDb profile includes more than 100 roles — in just half a dozen steps.

Director/writer James Gunn (right) works on set with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (center) "Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special."
Director and screenwriter James Gunn (right) works with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (center) on the set of “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
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Bacon initially saw it as a dreary game in his career and told The Post in 2013 that he “thought he was going to go away a little bit.” But he has since learned to embrace the cultural oddity and even use it as a catapult for a nonprofit organization.

“It took me a while to see the value of it, obviously, but now I fully embrace it. This is my life,” he recently explained to the Post. “I don’t believe you become an actor because you want to hide. You become an actor because you want to do something that people will see and recognize. And sometimes that recognition comes in certain ways. Sometimes it comes in other ways.

“I’m grateful that I’m still working today, that I’m still able to do things that people want to see. I pinch myself all the time.”


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