Kevin Bacon energized by ‘X-Men: First Class’

"I'm obsessed with zombies," the former Footloose star says. "I like watching zombie movies and I read zombie books."

That kind of role may be a bit left of field for fans of Bacon's conventional dramas such as Mystic RiverApollo 13 and The Woodsman, but so might his newest: superpowered villain Sebastian Shaw in the 1960s-setX-Men: First Class, which hits theaters Friday. He's the thorn in the side of fellow mutants Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) and their team of do-gooders, as well as the human world at large.

When you start the Cuban Missile Crisis, that officially makes you one really bad dude.

"Exactly!" Bacon says. "I like him because he's evil, but he's smooth and suave and sort of charming."

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