NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21:  Actor Kevin Bacon attends Build previewing the new Lifetime film 'Story of a Girl' at Build Studio on July 21, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
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Kevin Bacon Pulled Out A Real Tooth In Stir Of Echoes, It Just Wasn't His
In 1999’s "Stir of Echoes,” Kevin Bacon plays a man forced to solve the mystery behind the death of a local girl after she begins haunting him. In 2017, Bacon and director David Koepp spoke to EW about the iconic scene where Bacon’s character pulls out his own bloody tooth, and how they made it happen.
Bacon told EW that his character Tom was "fragile at that point" and the tooth sequence was him hitting rock bottom. "Teeth are a symbol of vibrancy, health, and youth. Everything's crumbling around him ... without your teeth, you're a shadow of your former self," he said. The actor is so dedicated to the scene that he actually sells what is, in reality, a simple camera trick.
Bacon’s own tooth was blacked out and fitted with a removable cap. Koepp explained, "While he's pulling out the tooth, he's palming a real tooth in his other hand. He drops the real tooth, we tilt down to see it, and then somebody darted in with a washcloth and wiped the blood off Kevin's face, so when he looks back up into the mirror, his face and teeth are clean.”
This simple approach yielded chilling results, and some extra gore provided by a bloody string of spit, supplied that highly sought-after, cringe-worthy moment. "That was a happy accident, it was f****** fantastic," Bacon recalled. "I don't know if the blood was made specifically to have that stringy effect, but I don't think it was."