Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" just hit the $50 million dollar mark at the box office and is getting a lot of Oscar buzz for its actors, among them Kevin Bacon.
Bacon has recently stepped behind the camera to direct, act in and produce the independent film "Loverboy."
The Early Show Entertainment Contributor Laurie Hibberd caught up with him on his last day of shooting.
Bacon says, "This is my second movie as a director and about my 48th or close to 50th as an actor. I've never had a crew that was so great at doing so much with so little in every department, you know? From the wardrobe, to the electricians and the grips, it's been amazing."
Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick share producing credits on the film, which is based on the best-selling novel by Victoria Redel, a dark story of a single mother's obsessive love for her son. Sedgwick has the lead role and says she loved working with her husband, though they did have their moments.
Sedgwick says with a big smile, "You know, feelings get hurt along the way. You vent a little bit at the end of the day and say 'You know, you could have been a little nicer at that moment. I know we were losing the light, but you know, a 'Please' would have been nice, and a 'Thank you' when I'm finished. But you know, I get irritated with him, too, and ultimately it is the end product that makes the biggest difference."
And the end product is going to have some big name stars attached to it. Bacon and Sedgwick were able to attract the talents of Sandra Bullock ("Two Weeks Notice"), Marisa Tomei ("In The Bedroom") and Matt Dillon ("Something About Mary").
Sedgwick says, "I really feel like, you know, all the years that we've been working, we've been good to our fellow actors and nice to our people, and thought of us as a band of brothers. And I feel that we have really reaped the rewards of that."
Bacon notes, "Every single person that I went to I said, 'Listen, I'm going to give you this script. You read this script, but I want you to know that if you don't like it, please don't do this as a favor to me.' It's just, I know what it's like to be on the other end of it. So, you know, I basically said, 'If you don't like it, no harm, no foul. Just say no. That's totally cool.'"
Bacon brought that laid-back attitude to the set every day, but he's anything but laid back about some other directors.
Bacon says, "Working as a director makes me - I'll tell you the truth - it makes me less tolerant of bad directors because then I see the way things can be done and I see how much time is wasted. It's very frustrating as an actor to work with a director who doesn't know what he wants but is going to figure it out later. I'm not someone who really likes to do a lot of takes because I kind of feel like I've done my homework and I'm ready to go in the first few takes."
He notes, "Don't make me do it 40 times, 'cause I've never gotten better after take 25. Never. I can guarantee that."
"Loverboy" is due to be released next fall.