Kevin Bacon wanted to show how conversion therapy can seem ‘terrifyingly reasonable’ in They/Them
Kevin Bacon explains how his new LGBTQ+ slasher They/Them exposes the true horror of conversion therapy.
In the film, Bacon plays Owen Whistler, a surprisingly gregarious and charming conversion camp leader. If you’ve seen Boy Erased or The Miseducation of Cameron Post, the camp – and its menacing boss – will look familiar to you. These are people who prey on LGBTQ+ youth and profit off the false and dangerous idea that they can be changed.
It would have been easy for Kevin Bacon to go full-scale villain in They/Them, but instead he delivers a more nuanced portrait of a man who, on the surface, appears reasonable.
“I’ve known [writer and director] John Logan for a very long time and a lot of what we talked about was trying to deliver a guy who was terrifyingly reasonable in