Bacon remembers John Hughes
There's a series of stars talking about their memories of the great writer/director/producer and friend John Hughes, but one of them caught my eye above all because it's about one of his most underrated films and one of his films I love the most, She's Having a Baby.
Kevin Bacon has been talking about his experiences of the man and of the film, and says some lovely things about the movie that should have us all reaching for the rental copies.
”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.”
He was talking about his experiences over at Entertainment Weekly who have been running a series of articles of actors who have worked with the star.
It's because this film touched me so much and made me laugh, cry and to both hunger to be grown up and want to remain young all at the same time, that I remember it so fondly. For me, knowing how much I loved this film, it's not surprise that it's Hughes most personal.
Bacon goes on to talk about his time spent with the man, and it does sound touching indeed, it sounds as though they did grow close. However it's his memories of the one scene that still remains so strong in my mind that is the most touching.
”[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.'”
That's a very touching and personal comment from Kevin Bacon, and I think that was something that Hughes was exceptional at in his directing, bringing the audience into the story and really feeling what was happening, emotionally connecting with very real characters, something that is very rare in Hollywood these days. No wonder the man had a string of directorial successes, unlike most if not all Hollywood directors these days.
”Teen comedies tend to dwell on the ridiculous, as a rule. It’s always the preoccupation with sex and the self-involvement, and we kind of hold the kids up for ridicule in a way. Hughes added this element of dignity. He was an advocate for teenagers as complete human beings, and he honored their hopes and their dreams.”
Indeed. He treated teenagers as real people in his films, kept the humour, but made it real and not at their expense. Comedy these days doesn't come close.
”They weren’t just teen movies to him. They were people. They were people that he cared about. And I think that’s why people really respond to his movies. I’m still amazed at how many people quote this one line I said in Some Kind of Wonderful. The line is, “I’d rather be alone for the right reasons than with someone for the wrong reasons.” I’m not even quoting it right, but people quote it back to me perfectly. He really touched a lot of people. I’m sorry that we didn’t get even more of his work.”
You can read all the articles over at EW PopWatch, and there are some excellent words. What I found surprising is how warm and genuine they seem, and how there's a fair few that suggest they owe their career to him.
I think we owe it to John Hughes not to forget these films, because I doubt we'll see their like again.