Kevin Bacon says ‘they/them’ cast gives hope for positive change in LGBT rights

by Madison Brodsky, ETCanada.com staff.

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Kevin Bacon joins young stars in Peacock’s upcoming LGBTQ+ horror movie, “They/They” gives the 64-year-old actor “hope” that the US Supreme Court will face a tougher time to reverse gay rights.

“It’s hard to find hope sometimes these days, but we still have to hope,” Bacon told ET Canada at the movie’s premiere at Outfest in Los Angeles. “The only thing we can hope for is that there are guys like the people in this movie who are the future.”

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Days before Bacon was interviewed, the US House of Representatives passed legislation requiring states to recognize same-sex marriage in other states. And while the legislation passed with the support of 47 Republicans, the bill has not yet been submitted to the Senate.

While Bacon hopes viewers can find “entertainment” of the kind that has historically ignored the larger LGBTQ+ community, he wants more than that “they/they” to make everyone feel visible and represented during a time when gay rights are being questioned at the highest level from the government. Bacon also hopes the film will help viewers of other faiths learn about the horrors and traumas he experienced as actual human conversion camps.

Bacon admits he didn’t even realize that conversion camps were still happening as often as they did until he began researching his role.

“I kind of thought, ‘Well, is this really happening? “It’s for 50,000 kids a year, in 20 states where it’s 100 percent legal,” notes Bacon. “That’s not cool and the idea of ​​someone wanting to tell Theo, that Theo can’t be who Theo is, is just sickening to me.”

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Bacon plays Owen Whistler in this horror film, in which several queer campers, led by iron-willed Jordan (Tew German) and Alexandria (Koi Tan), join Whistler for a week of programming aimed at “helping them find a new sense of freedom.” . As camp tactics become increasingly psychologically unsettling, the campers find themselves working together to stay safe – that is, until an unknown killer begins killing victims and things get more and more dangerous.

“The first day I went out for the first scene in the movie and looked through everyone, all these beautiful faces standing there, it just felt so touching to me,” Bacon said.

He added, “John Logan (director and writer) has done a very thorough research to find the best people who can perform these very specific roles and can now be cast in this film with a lot of credibility and a lot of honesty.”

As Bacon gets to know the name of the game in the current scene of horror movies that includes a big message of activism, actor Footloose’s work within LGBTQ+ rights drew him to the project.

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“I’m not saying you always have to have a social message in awe, although it kind of takes on that form starting with ‘Get Out’ and then over and over from there, but it’s very cool to take something like the horrors of gay conversion and build Kind of accessible and framing that might attract some people to see it, and so that was an exciting thing to be a part of.”

“They/They” premieres August 5th on Peacock.

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