The galaxy has an surprising new Guardian, simply in time for the vacation season.

Kevin Bacon, 64, made a surprise cameo

final month in the trailer for “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” premiering Friday on Disney+. And whereas Marvel fanboys and fangirls were delighted by his casting, nobody was extra over the moon than Bacon himself. 

“Listen, I really like to do that sort of stuff. To me, films are this large playground. I get to play and a grown man will get to simply goof round and have enjoyable,” Bacon, 64, lately instructed The Post. “I take the work very significantly, however in the case of one thing like ‘Guardians,’ you might have to cease typically and go, ‘Oh, s- -t, that is actually cool!’ I acquired a actually, actually enjoyable gig.”

In the film spinoff particular, Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) set out to make Christmas a particular one for Peter Quill (a ok a Star-Lord, performed by Chris Pratt) and discover him the excellent current — by kidnapping and actually gifting Bacon to him (with assist from a $40 Hollywood Star Map). 

Kevin Bacon (right) has joined the Marvel metaverse with a cameo in "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special," which stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
Kevin Bacon (proper) has joined the Marvel universe with a function in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special,” which stars Chris Pratt (left) as Star-Lord/Peter Quill.
Jessica Miglio/MARVEL; Nathan Congleton/NBC by way of Getty Images

But Bacon’s interstellar journey to the Guardians’ wild winter wonderland has been a unusual one.

“Guardians” followers are nicely conscious of Quill’s fixation on the “legend” of “great hero” Bacon, a delusion weirdly bolstered by the actor’s function in 1984’s “Footloose.” But his 2014 name-check in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film caught Bacon off-guard, so to communicate.

“I used to be actually shocked. I went to the film with out figuring out that that’s what was going to occur,” Bacon recalled to The Post about venturing to a theater the place it was exhibiting. “And in the event you may think about sitting there in a darkish room with strangers — I used to be on their lonesome — and all of a sudden they’re speaking about me. I’ve fairly bizarre experiences in my life simply based mostly on, you recognize, what I do for a residing. But that one was fairly bizarre.”

Ultimately, although, the proud Philadelphia native stated he was “thrilled” by his “hilarious” inclusion — which made it even simpler to signal on to filmmaker James Gunn’s new, festive frolic.

“He’s acquired a type of left-of-center type of level of view about the world, which I believe was fascinating and attention-grabbing to me,” Bacon stated of Gunn, with whom he labored on the motion flick “Super” in 2010. “So when he reaches out and says, ‘I need to do that vacation particular and also you’re in it,’ that’s simply an instantaneous, ‘Yes.’ I don’t want to learn it. I’ll be there.”

But that is positively not “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” or no matter your grandma’s favourite, touching vacation basic could be.

Kevin Bacon unloads holiday presents from his car before an unfortunate altercation with a couple of well-meaning but misguided Guardians.
Kevin Bacon unloads vacation presents from his automotive earlier than an unlucky altercation with a couple of well-meaning however misguided Guardians.
Courtesy of Marvel Studios
Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make an uninvited visit to Kevin Bacon's home in "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special."
Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Drax (Dave Bautista) make an uninvited go to to Kevin Bacon’s dwelling in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
Jessica Miglio/Marvel

For followers, the fast-paced, 44-minute present consists of everybody’s favourite Guardians, together with Quill, Drax, Mantis, Nebula (Karen Gillan), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Kraglin (Sean Gunn) and Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker). 

And it additionally options some subversive music, together with a hilarious — and violent — Christmas carol, titled “I Don’t Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here),” that completely misconstrues the that means of the vacation and labels Santa Claus “a furry freak.” It consists of lyrics like: “Mrs. Claus, she works the pole / Plans her man’s demise / Soon the elves will all stand up and stab out Santa’s eyes.” (The 12-song soundtrack was released Nov. 23 and consists of a tune with alt-country band the Old 97’s and vocals by Bacon, who since 1994 has carried out alongside his sibling Michael in the group the Bacon Brothers.)

Interestingly, in December 2020, Bacon took to Facebook to declare himself “a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas music.” While he grudgingly saluted “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley, “Merry Christmas Baby” by Otis Redding and “Greensleeves” as carried out by John Coltrane, he does in any other case bemoan the annual cacophony of Christmas carols.

“I believe it’s perhaps much less the songs as the undeniable fact that they’re inescapable throughout that season, that each time you, you recognize, stroll into a retailer or onto an elevator or activate the radio, you recognize what I imply? You simply can’t get away from it,” he instructed The Post. “But I believe that one of the issues that’s enjoyable about the film is, you recognize, down to James and his sense of humor — and in addition his musical style is that he’s discovered a complete bunch of very cool vacation songs to stick in the film.”

Members of alt-country group the Old 97's perform with Kevin Bacon in the special.
Members of alt-country group the Old 97’s carry out with Kevin Bacon in the particular.
Jessica Miglio/Marvel

The “Apollo 13” star is also wishy-washy when requested for his all-time favourite vacation particular earlier than acknowledging his “love” for the unique, animated model of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” It appears that one grabs his nostalgic coronary heart.

“Part of why you want one thing like that’s as a result of it takes you again to whenever you first noticed it, you recognize what I imply?” a reminiscing Bacon stated. “So it’s not even a lot about the content material, the precise factor. It’s simply that feeling of going again and experiencing what you skilled as a child.”

Whether the “Guardians” particular will change into a prized perennial program stays to be seen — although Bacon could already be ready for that additional notoriety, partly as a result of of the pervasive Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon sport. It claims that the “Friday the thirteenth” and “A Few Good Men” actor is the middle of the leisure universe and that any actor can be related to Bacon — whose IMDb profile lists greater than 100 roles — inside simply a half-dozen steps.

Director/writer James Gunn (right) works with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (center) on the set of "The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special."
Director and screenwriter James Gunn (proper) works with Chris Pratt (left) and Dave Bautista (middle) on the set of “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
Jessica Miglio/Marvel

Bacon initially noticed the sport as a dig at his profession and told The Post in 2013 that he “thought it could simply kinda go away.” But he has since discovered to settle for the cultural quirk and even used it as a catapult for a nonprofit organization.

“It took me a whereas to see the worth of that, frankly, however now I completely embrace it. It is my life,” as he most lately defined to The Post. “I don’t consider you change into an actor since you need to cover. You change into an actor since you need to do one thing that individuals are going to see and acknowledge. And typically that recognition comes in sure sorts of methods and typically that comes in different methods. 

“I’m simply grateful that I get to preserve working right now, that I’m nonetheless in a position to do stuff that individuals nonetheless need to see. I pinch myself all the time.”

: .