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John Lithgow Recalls Partying, Skinny Dipping While Filming 'Footloose'

John Lithgow is happy to say he only has one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon.

In a conversation for Variety’s “Actors on Actors” series, Bacon and Lithgow shared stories from filming the 1984 mega-hit “Footloose.”

Lithgow said he didn’t let the age difference between him and the rest of the crew stop him from having fun.

“Somehow, I think in compensation for the fact that we were the conservative older generation, Dianne (Wiest) and I were wild,” Lithgow said. “We had these parties — do you remember the parties? — where we would do soul train and dance.”

One night, Lithgow and Wiest took off their clothes and swam in the pool.

“There was a memo sent out to every member of the production the next morning from Dan Melnick that said, ‘Behave yourselves,'” Lithgow recalled, laughing. “It was directed to Dianne and me.”

The interview will air in its entirety on Variety’s “Actors on Actors” Season 6, presented by Shutterstock, which premieres June 13 on PBS SoCal.

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