Interview with Kenny Wormald, star of the new "Footloose"

I got a chance to speak via phone recently with Kenny Wormald, who plays Ren McCormack - the role formerly played by Kevin Bacon - in the new Footloose remake, which comes to theaters on October 14th. I have seen the movie already at a screening, and it's great; I actually liked it more than the original film from 1984.

Here's what Kenny had to say:

I know you and the cast and director have been on tour promoting Footloose. What has been your favorite city to show it in, and how many times have you actually seen it so far?

I’ve seen it about 6 times now, maybe 6 and a half, and I’d have to say it was the best to screen it at Boston and see it at home in front of my family and friends. My character is from Boston as well, so even the people that did know me … I feel like they were rooting for me by the end. But every city has been great – even Minneapolis was a blast. We went to state fairs, and are doing all this cool stuff, and in Chicago we went to a Cubs game. But obviously being at home was the best.

You went to Detroit too, I think?

Yeah. Detroit was actually great too, it was a great turnout. We went to a festival there.

I think it’s called Arts, Beats, and Eats.

Yes, Arts, Beats, and Eats, that’s what it was.

Yup. I was going to see Footloose that day but I knew that parking and everything would be crazy, so I actually saw it two days earlier than that, at a screening.

That’s awesome. They’re showing it everywhere, it’s kinda nuts.

Did you watch the original one to prepare for it?

I’ve seen the original one a ton of times, just growing up - on VH1, it’s just one of those movies that you kind of always see. So I’ve seen it a million times, it’s just when I booked the role there was 2 months in between shooting and I didn’t watch it. I didn’t want to study it, I knew the movie so well but I didn’t know exactly how he [Kevin Bacon] said lines and words and that’s how I wanted it. Because you don’t want to feel like you’re mimicking anyone.

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