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Kevin Bacon visits “Footloose” high school after viral campaign

“Footloose” star Kevin Bacon will return to the school where the cult film was originally shot four decades ago on prom day, Bacon announced Friday on the “Today” show.

Bacon's announcement followed a student-led campaign to bring the actor back to Payson High School in Utah for “one last dance,” the Washington Post reported. The building is scheduled to be demolished this year – on the 40th anniversary of the film's release – and students have worked hard to draw attention to their online campaign.

“I was so impressed with everything that happened there and this crazy idea to get me to come back,” Bacon said Friday when he called the school from Atlanta, according to the Today Show.

“I'm amazed at the work you all put into this, with the musical, the flash mobs and the recreations,” Bacon said, referring to some of the great gestures the students orchestrated.

“That's not lost on me, not to mention the fact that you've involved our foundation, SixDegrees.org, and you're trying to find ways to give back to your community. That's really inspiring, so thank you. Thank you,” he said. “And I'll come. I have to come.”

“Today” later clarified that Bacon did not plan to attend the actual prom, but would instead visit the school earlier in the day, where, according to the show, an event would be held to benefit SixDegrees.org, Bacon's charity.

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