Kevin Bacon Responds to Death of Tremors Costar Fred Ward
Actor Kevin Bacon has posted a response to the death of his Tremors co-star Fred Ward. The two actors starred in the 1990 horror comedy as two friends working in a small desert town that gets attacked by mysterious underground creatures. The film was directed by Ron Underwood and quickly became a cult classic, spawning a number of sequels, the first of which, Tremors II: Aftershocks, also co-starred Ward.
Ward passed away on May 8 at the age of 79, leaving behind a notable body of work throughout a 50-year career in Hollywood. Ward appeared in a number of revered films, including The Right Stuff, Silkwood, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Miami Blues, The Player, and many, many more. Bacon started his career around the same time as Ward in the 70s and has had similar success throughout his career, from Footloose to A Few Good Men to Apollo 13 to Mystic River and beyond.
On May 13, Bacon posted a tribute to his Tremors co-star, saying he was “sad to hear about Fred Ward” and going on to elaborate about the time they spent together making Tremors in 1990. Bacon jokingly said that “when it came to battling underground worms I couldn’t have asked for a better partner” and went on to say that he’d never forget conversing with Ward about his love of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (whom Ward named his son after) during their “hot days in the high desert” making the cult classic film. Read Bacon’s full post below:
So sad to hear about Fred Ward. When it came to battling underground worms I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. I will always remember chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long hot days in the high desert. Rest In Peace Fred. pic.twitter.com/WLOB0iVwkd
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) May 13, 2022
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Bacon attempted a return to the Tremors franchise in 2017, filming a pilot for a Tremors TV series for Syfy, but the show failed to move forward and never aired. Aside from Ward appearing in the first sequel and Bacon’s attempt at a series, the duo never returned to the franchise together, even with the well-regarded chemistry they exhibited in the initial film. Ward’s last role was in HBO’s True Detective season 2 as Eddie Velcoro, while Bacon recently wrapped production on The Toxic Avenger reboot.
Ward’s passing is a sad one, but his contributions to his craft will long be remembered. Bacon’s tribute is a testament to Ward’s legacy, showing an appreciation for one of the most celebrated films in both of their careers. While it’s too bad the duo never appeared in another film together, Tremors will long be remembered not only for being a great horror-comedy, but for the friendship and chemistry both actors shared in the film.
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