There are two things you notice about Kevin Bacon when he's pacing in a conference room, staring intently into his smartphone and sipping on tea. One is that the guy looks incredibly fit, and not just for a 57-year-old. In fact, other than a few telltale signs of age, he still looks a lot like that kid who danced away small-town tyranny in Footloose, the dude who debated the merits of gravy on fries with his Diner cohorts and the handyman who grappled with "graboids" in Tremors. The second thing that you notice is that the most distinguishing aspect of his latest role — a corrupt sheriff chasing down kids on a joyride with his cruiser in the fun little indie-exploitation nugget Cop Car — is nowhere to be found. "Oh, you mean the 'stache?" he asks, referring to the incredible, vintage-Burt-Reynolds-ish facial hair he sports for his sociopathic law-enforcement officer. "It's doing press a few rooms over. You'll definitely want to ask it a few questions about the movie as well."

Actually, we want to quiz the prolific movie star/musician about a few of his favorite films — the ones that hit him right in that formative sweet spot when he was growing up, that made him want to become an actor, that he's dug recently and that he keeps going back to again and again. Here's Kevin Bacon's life in 10 movies, according to the man himself. Everybody, prepare to cut loose.