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Kevin Bacon talks comic book fans, 'X-Men: First Class'

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06/03/2011 by Olivia Allin

Kevin Bacon said he felt a responsibility to comic book fans to do his best as the villain in "X-Men: First Class," which is set for release on June 3.

The 52-year-old actor plays the villain Sebastian Shaw in "X-Men: First Class," the latest film adaptation of the Marvel comic book series, which is set in the 1960s during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"We certainly have a responsibility to the fans of the comic books and the fans of the franchise," Bacon told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a satellite interview. "But we also have a responsibility to the viewers who've never picked up a comic book in their entire lives. I think that's one of the cool things about the movie that it really delivers to both audiences."

The movie also stars Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and January Jones of "Mad Men" as Emma Frost.

The actor said he was pleasantly surprised with the final result after seeing the movie.

"There's a lot of stuff that can happen between when you walk away from the set and you actually sit in the theater to watch it," Bacon said. "So, probably three weeks ago, I sat there all by myself in a screening room at Fox in New York and I came out of it and I was just like, 'Wow, this movie really kicks ass.'"

Bacon married actress Kyra Sedgwick in 1988. They are parents to son Travis, 21, and daughter Sosie, 19.

Sedgwick, 45, won an Emmy last year for her role as cop Brenda Leigh Johnson on the TNT drama series "The Closer," which debuted in 2005 and has featured Bacon as a director. Its seventh and final season is set to air later this year. In December, Sedgwick announced she was leaving the series.

Their daughter Sosie also appeared on several episodes of "The Closer," but Bacon said he doesn't think she will continue to pursue an acting career.

"She won't be in the final season and I don't really think she's going to be in the business," said Bacon. "I mean, I think that 'The Closer' was kind of a one-shot deal. It's hard to say, I mean I think she enjoyed it but when it was finished, she kind of said to us, 'You know how you guys really love this and your life is really in front of these cameras?' and we said, 'Yeah' and she said, 'That's not really for me.' So at least for the time being, I don't think that she's really going to pursue it."

Bacon recently talked about losing money in the highly-publicized Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme and said Sedgwick's regular television job helped the family pull through.

Bacon rose to fame with the 1984 musical movie "Footloose" and went on to star in films such as "Apollo 13," "Sleepers" and "Wild Things." His acting career has spurred a "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" trivia game and he spoofed himself in a commercial promoting Logitech Revue, a gadget that allows viewers to watch Google TV. He played a nerdy Kevin Bacon fan.

Check out the trailer for "X-Men: First Class" below.

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