The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon has been knocking around for quite a long time now, but now Google have got in on the game. For those aren’t aware what this is, it’s the theory (put forward by Bacon himself) that he knows almost every actor or someone who knows them. It’s the Six Degrees of Separation, but with Kevin Bacon.
The whole idea of actually putting this to the test was conceived by three college students, and they now, along with Bacon’s approval (although he was initially against the idea) have appeared on talk shows, released a book and a board game has even been produced.
To find out an actor’s Bacon Number simply go to Google and type ‘bacon number’ followed by a particular actor’s name. For example – ‘bacon number Al Pacino’ or ‘bacon number Julia Roberts’. Google will then work out how that person is linked to Kevin Bacon and will show you the link and which films they have appeared in. Kevin Bacon has a Bacon Number of zero, and someone who has worked directly with him has a Bacon Number of 1. The numbers then get higher depending on how many degrees of separation there are.
You’d think it would be easy to find someone not linked to Bacon in some way, but it’s actually pretty difficult. Some really obscure actors aren’t included but a startling amount are. I thought I’d go for someone like ‘Lillian Gish’, but even she has a Bacon Number of 2.
I managed to get my Bacon Number down to 3. I acted at school with Tom Hughes. He was in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll with Bill Milner. Bill Milner was in X-Men: First Class with Kevin Bacon.
Do you have a Bacon Number? You can cheat and you don’t have to have acted with someone, simply met them. Let me know in the comments how close you are to Kevin Bacon.