Clint Eastwood has inspired Kevin Bacon to step back behind the camera and direct.

The FOOTLOOSE star hasn't directed a film since LOSING CHASE in 1996, but he admits working with Eastwood on the film Mystic River has given him the impetus he needed to take on another project - a new film, Loverboy.

He says, "After I worked with Clint, I really turned the heat up on Loverboy, because it was so great to see the way he works.

"He's an inspiration to me. His style, his persona, his take on things - he's so calm."

Loverboy will star Oliver Platt, Marisa Tomei and Matt Dillon.

05/01/2004 18:18