Date: 9th April 2002
Hollywood actor and aspiring rock star Kevin Bacon is regularly mistaken for a beggar when he practises his guitar in New York's Central Park.
According to American tabloid National Enquirer, the JFK (1991) star, who is half of The Bacon Brothers band, enjoys playing for the public - but passers-by keep tossing him money.
The 41-year-old, who has recently released his third album Can't Complain, tries to discourage donations, saying, "Thanks anyway, but I'm Kevin Bacon - the actor."
But cynical New Yorkers merely roll their eyes in disbelief at his dirty clothes and baseball cap, and say, "OK buddy, whatever you say!" Now the actor simply smiles and accepts cash gracefully.