Kevin Bacon is "drawn to dark things".

Kevin Bacon

Kevin Bacon

The 62-year-old actor has revealed he loves tapping into "demons" through his work and he relishes the chance to "explore all sides of the human condition".

Kevin - whose new horror movie, 'You Should Have Left', was inspired by an idea from his wife Kyra Sedgwick - explained: "I’m drawn to dark things.

"On some level, it’s therapeutic. I have a marriage that works and I didn’t have a tremendous amount of trauma as a child and yet I feel all human beings have darkness in their souls. Fear and anger and doubt live within us. Part of what I like about my job is tapping into those demons.

"I became an actor because I wanted to explore all sides of the human condition."

In contrast to some of his Hollywood counterparts, Kevin insisted he doesn't care about being "heroic or handsome".

He told the Guardian newspaper: "Being heroic or handsome or winning the big game – I couldn’t care less about those things! But to go into the darker corners of a man's psyche is an interesting thing to do."

Kevin first worked in the film industry at the age of 19, appearing in the John Landis-directed comedy 'Animal House' - and he quickly fell in love with the movie business.

He explained: "I’d only ever worked on stage so to be thrown into this – all the people, cameras, cranes, dolly tracks, walkie-talkies – my jaw absolutely dropped. But I also fell in love with it. Every piece of it felt so magnificent to me."

However, he also admits to being "cocky" during his early years in the film business.

Kevin said: "As a reaction to some kind of insecurity, I was incredibly cocky and unwilling to take any kind of advice.

"Even though I was in acting school, there was always a part of me that thought it was kind of a waste of time. That I knew pretty much everything there was to know about acting and life and love and the world."