Kevin Bacon is among the thousands of actors who’ve been on strike since July.
As the SAG-AFTRA strike enters its second month, Kevin Bacon is doing his part to advocate for his fellow actors who may not be as well-known or accomplished as he is.
Bacon stated that he has no new information about the strike and slammed the brakes on any idea that the dispute is simply a clash between wealthy actors and profit-making studios.
“In terms of the rich actors, a very small percentage of our union is doing very, very well,“
he pointed out on September 5 during the 3rd Hour of TODAY,
“Most of the people are living hand to mouth. Those are the people that we are striking for. My situation is not the same as the majority of our union.”
Bacon posts a selfie to Instagram with his significant other, Sedgwick, while picketing:
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SAG-AFTRA, a labor union that represents approximately 160,000 people in the entertainment industry, including actors, recording artists, radio personalities, and other media professionals, has been on strike since July 13 in an attempt to improve pay and compensation for residuals related to projects that appear on streaming services.
Bacon stated that he remains hopeful that the two sides may find a way to meet in the middle.
“The other thing I would say is that when it comes to writers and actors, we are artists, so all of our membership are artists. If you do well, you get to make your art,”
“On the other side, they’re dealmakers. So, if they do well, they get to make a deal. So, come on, let’s make a deal. Let’s get it done.”
Bacon is no doubt a Hollywood legend (although he has never received a nomination for an Academy Award), with his first on-screen appearance back in 1978’s “Animal House.” He has picketed to support the actors’ cause.
Kevin Bacon takes to Instagram on July 18th with a short clip him picketing with fellow strikers in support of the cause:
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In honor of International Day of Charity, Bacon unveiled his new podcast Six Degrees on Tuesday, in which he “will encourage listeners to make a difference in the world around them and will help them to lean in, learn and be inspired to act.”
Bacon discusses with his celebrity connections about their lives, passion projects, and favorite philanthropic organizations in each weekly episode. Every episode also includes inspirational stories from the revolutionary individuals behind the humanitarian organizations about their attempts to inspire and bring about positive change in their communities.
Some of the upcoming guests include Mark Ruffalo (The Solutions Project), Matthew McConaughey (Just Keep Livin’), Penn Badgley (Tahirih Justice Center), Idina Menzel (A BroaderWay), Alyssa Milano (UNICEF), Jewel (Inspiring Children’s Foundation), Ron Funches (School on Wheels), among others.
The podcast “Six Degrees with Kevin Bacon” is executive produced by Bacon, Stacy Huston, Coltan Gibby, SixDegrees.org and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. It is distributed through iHeartPodcasts and is currently available on the iHeartRadio app and all leading podcasting platforms. New episodes will be released every Tuesday on a weekly basis.