According to a Feb. 26 report from Starpulse.com, Kevin Bacon stays in character when he’s filming the Fox series, “The Following,” and doesn’t get out of character until work is done for the day.
Bacon plays Ryan Hardy, a troubled FBI agent looking for serial killers. He said the dark subject matter makes it difficult to be himself during breaks, but he is trying to “work on” relaxing.
“The one thing I can’t do is switch it off and on over the course of the day like some people can,” he said. “They say cut and turn to the person and say, ‘Anyway, blah blah blah, what time is lunch?’ But I have to kind of stay in it during the day, then afterwards I try and walk away from it. What helps is to be with my wife and kids, to have a nice meal, a glass of wine, to watch something that’s not the show or take a hike to shake it away a bit. It’s always a good idea in terms of mental health.”
Bacon also said he is glad to not be playing James Purefoy’s character.
“It is nice,” he said. “I certainly had those (villainous) options more in the movies and I didn’t want to be that guy. I think James Purefoy is fantastic, so it was a good decision.”
“The Following” airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox.