In an interview with EW, Kevin Bacon (Bacon) revealed that he took the Friday the 13th role for the paycheck so that he could pay his rent. Here’s what Bacon had to say:
“Some of the movies that I’ve been in were very specifically by choice. Friday the 13th, that’s just because I needed to pay the rent, really. It ended up exploding. I don’t know how many they made.”
Here’s what else Bacon had to say on the iconic slasher flick in the interview:
“Tom Savini (legendary makeup effects artist), I guess that’s probably the movie that put him on the map. What I remember was that, I have sex with the girl, and then smoke a joint, which means in horror language that they’re dead.
I’m lying there, and the hand comes out from underneath the bed and pins my head down, and then an arrow comes shooting out from the back, underneath the cot, through my neck and out through the front.
So, they built a fake neck and chest and then it was my face. I was on my knees kind of underneath the bed with my head titled back and this fake neck and chest. I got under the bed, and they lift it, and they applied the makeup. I mean, it was a really long time in a tortuous kind of position.
They also said, “Just know we only have one of these necks.” So there really was no take two. There was an effects person underneath the bed that was supposed to pump the blood once thee arrow went through.
I’m acting – you know, I don’t know how you act, like, getting stuck with an arrow, but I just was, whatever, doing what I could – and the hose broke on the blood pump. So, that person I believe grabbed it and started blowing it with their mouth, since it was only one take. As a result the blood has a weird kind of trajectory.
I’m always horrified by the fact that, when it comes to autograph hounds that’s probably the number one picture that I’m asked to sign. Me, with blood coming out of my mouth and an arrow through my neck. You know, I’m a pretty easygoing guy. After a while it just gets to you. You’re like, really, do I have to sign another picture of me dead?”
Source: EW (highly recommend reading full interview)