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Bacon's Hollywood Sizzle, Always Worth Savoring

At Monday's "Taking Chance" screening, Kevin Bacon (right) poses with Michael Strobl, whom Bacon portrays in the HBO film. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Everything's better with Bacon!

Sorry, that was cheesy -- but hey, Hollywood's only superstar character actor, Kevin Bacon, was in town, and we had to try for something fresher than a tedious "six degrees" joke.

Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick were among the seemingly few showbiz types who skipped the inauguration last month -- instead, he told us, he went to Sundance to promote his new HBO film, "Taking Chance," the rare TV project to be entered in the festival's competition.

The film is based on a true story of a Marine officer's journey escorting the body of a young Iraq war casualty back to his Wyoming home town. A screening Monday night at the Motion Picture Association drew top brass such as Gen. George Casey, Army chief of staff; Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff; Gen. James Cartwright, Joint Chiefs vice chairman; and retired Gen. Peter Schoomaker, former Army chief. Also: Bacon's real-life character in the film, retired Lt. Col. Michael Strobl.

And Bacon, 50, standing out from the military/Beltway crowd in hipster monochrome -- dark gray suit, tie and shirt -- and tousled hair. He had spent the day hanging out with Washington historian James Swanson, who was advising Bacon on his new production venture, a Showtime project about the famous Booth acting clan. (This is separate from the still-in-development movie based on Swanson's John Wilkes Booth saga, "Manhunt.")

Bacon is here more often than you'd think. Older sister Elinor lives in Logan Circle, and he and brother Michael make regular trips to the Birchmere for Bacon Brothers gigs. The last visit triggered an unexpected but most welcome tour of the CIA.

"It was interesting!" he said, eyes widening. "I haven't played a CIA agent yet" -- (Really? We want to check IMDB about that) -- "but I probably will eventually."

By The Reliable Source  |  February 11, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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Kevin Bacon - "tousled hair"? That mess looks more like a helmet. Ugh. Tell you what, that Michael Strobl is hot! Wow.

Posted by: MILW | February 11, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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