A Minute With: New "Footloose" star Kenny Wormald

Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:11am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Paramount Pictures decided the time was right to remake the iconic 1984 hit film "Footloose," the big question was "Who's going be able to fill Kevin Bacon's old dancing shoes?"

The answer is Kenny Wormald, a 27 year-old Boston native who makes his movie debut in the new film that opens in theaters on Friday.

Directed by Craig Brewer ("Hustle and Flow") and co-starring Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell and Julianne Hough, the story pits a small town's teenagers against adults who pass a harsh ban on dancing following a tragic car crash.

Wormald spoke to Reuters about how Justin Timberlake helped him land the lead role, becoming an actor and performing at the White House.

Q: Is it true Justin Timberlake recommended you for the part of Ren McCormick?

A: "I went to audition for the first time and they saw his name on my resume, so they contacted him and he gave me a couple of thumbs up and said 'He's a good kid and a great dancer.'"

Q: But didn't you still have to fight for the role?

A: "Absolutely ... It was a fight, but a good one. There were a lot of auditions, and I was working very hard on my acting."   Continued...

<p>Cast member Kenny Wormald arrives at the premiere of the film "Footloose" in Los Angeles October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>