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Thursday 23 October 2014

Kevin Bacon: I’m no intellectual

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon denies he is "an intellectual" and claims the only thing that interested him growing up was reading movie scripts.

The American star has had a long and varied career as a director, actor and musician.

Despite this, the multi-talented entertainer denies he's an above-average achiever.

"I am not the smartest guy and nothing like an intellectual," he modestly claimed to German TV station Tele 5. "I barely finished high school. I didn't read a lot of books - except scripts of course."

Kevin is currently playing lead character Ryan Hardy in US TV series The Following. Prior to this, Kevin hadn't worked on the small screen since 2011 when he voiced a character in Robot Chicken.

"I always saw myself as a purely stage or movie actor and swore to myself I'd never do TV again," he admitted. "But you have to throw rules like that out of the window in Hollywood. The writer has nothing to say on the set of movie productions, but that's different in TV, no one changes anything without asking the writer first."

The 54-year-old star has been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988 and the couple have two children together. Kevin shared some of the secrets to maintaining such a long and successful relationship in Hollywood. These include surprising his wife with presents, such as the well-publicised bath tub he secretly installed in their New York home.

"Kyra and I love to go out dancing but we don't want to make a big fuss out of it but disappear in the crowd and feel the energy," he shared.

"[About the bath tub] As Kyra knows my email password, I made a new account so that I could secretly email with the architect. I felt like a spy. When everything was ready I gave her a yellow rubber duck and told her: 'Bring it to the bathroom...'"

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