The award-winning actor stars in Peacock’s slasher film – streaming now – as the sinister Owen Whistler, the leader of a conversion camp that promises a group of LGBTQ+ campers a “new sense of freedom”.
Speaking to PinkNews in a recent interview, Logan opened up about casting for the thriller and why he knew Bacon was the perfect fit.
“I started with Kevin Bacon because when I started writing the movie I kept hearing Kevin’s voice and I kept seeing Kevin as Owen Whistler,” he explained.
“Kevin has that wonderful ability to go from very sincere and very charming to threatening,” he added. “And that’s the trick of the movie; that Owen Whistler when you meet him seems so reasonable.
“He’s using woke language, he seems like not such a bad guy, and then gradually gets more and more sinister.”
Amidst the real-life horrors that the LGBTQ+ community is currently facing, Bacon said they were interested in exploring those injustices through the slasher genre because “you have a bigger chance of exposing something in a genre that sometimes has a great, wide appeal”.
“I think people are starting to realise that you can reach people with horror. In this particular movie, the horror is the idea that someone can be changed.”
They/Them is available to stream now on Peacock in the US, however, no announcement has been made when or if it will be available to UK viewers.