Friday, October 20, 2006

Your Bacon number is only 4 at the most!

Congratulations! If you know me, then you are, at most, only four degrees from Kevin Bacon!

That's because I'm only three degrees, or steps, away from Kevin myself. AND - I have proof.

Wha huh?

Oh, come on. Unless you've been living under a rock the last 10 years, you must have heard about the whole Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. This is the concept where you attempt to link another actor to Kevin Bacon within the least number of steps possible. This website even lets you enter in a name and it will automatically calculate that star's Bacon number. Unfortunately, it doesn't work for lay-folk, so I had to find my number another way.

Last summer I took advantage of an opportunity to validate my Bacon number when I attended a wedding with the only Hollywood actor I know personally - Larry Brandenburg, who has a Bacon number of 2. Even though it's not a requirement of the game that Larry actually "know" Kevin on a first-name basis, I thought it would help strengthen my case if I could hear it from the horse's mouth.

Me: "Hey Larry, do you know Kevin Bacon?"

Larry: "Yeah. Why?"

Me: "No, I mean really know Kevin Bacon. Like if he walked past you in a restaurant would he stop and say, 'Oh, hi Larry!' or would he just kind of nod in the way that he sort of recognizes you and then keep walking?"

Larry: "What the hell are you talking about Jeff?"

Me: "I'm just trying to establish whether you know him personally, or if you just say you know him because you both are 'Hollywood actors' and you've seen him around a few times. There's a big difference."

Larry: "One more time... What the hell are you talking about Jeff?"

Me: "Larry, I'm trying to get to my Bacon number and it will help my case if you know him! It's not that complicated!"

Larry: "YES, YES, I know the man already! Chill out!"

Me: "So you're saying he would stop in the restaurant?"

Larry: "Yes Jeff, he would stop."

Me: "Sweet."

19 comments:

Dave2 said...

I thought you had to star in a movie with somebody who starred in a movie with somebody who starred in a movie with Kevin Bacon??

Harmonica Man said...

That's true - that's why I said it doesn't work for lay-folk. But I figured why should we be left out? So this is my way of giving us a way to get a Bacon number.

I'd love to hear if anybody else has a lower Bacon number and how they got to it!

Heather said...

No Bacon for me.

I accept your lay-person Bacon number. Works for me.

My Bacon number will come in the future...through M or K. Or something like that.

Waya said...

Reading does actually help!! I'm in the middle of reading "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Caldwell and he did mention this "Bacon" test. I'm totally in awe of this "six degrees of separation" thing too. It's amazing how things just works out, so cool. And they even have a show about this too calls appropriately enought "Six Degrees" on ABC and it's really really good. Ok, that's the couch potato in me talking.

but Momma said...

I KNEW it!

You're the only connection I've got. Well, I better check with my brother first...

Carla said...

My connection to Bacon usually involves a frying pan, but your way is less fattening.
On another note, my husband and once noticed a set of tires advertised by their name. Kum ho, lively banter followed by LOTS of laughter. :)

Mooselet said...

So does this mean my Bacon number would be 5, because I know you? Of course, you wouldn't stop in a restaurant for me because you wouldn't know me from Adam unless I was wearing a sign that said "Hi, my name is Mooselet" and I was actively blogging. So does that mean I no longer have a Bacon score? I'm soooo confused. Of course, bacon is bad for me so it's just as well.

Harmonica Man said...

heather - No doubt. Knowing how big of hams M and K are, I bet they end up starring in a movie with Kevin Bacon as the co-star!

waya - I've heard about that show but haven't seen it yet. Here's another connection... you're a couch potato and I LOVE POTATO CHIPS! Weird.

carla - Too funny. How could you not laugh your arse off about that one!

mooselet - Nope. By knowing me you're only 4 degrees from Kevin. Larry is 2, I'm 3 and that makes everyone who knows me 4! Unless you listen to Dave who had to get all politically correct about the rules. Pfhaaat.

Linda said...

Forget Kevin Bacon, is there a six degrees thing for Orlando Bloom?

Harmonica Man said...

but momma - Sorry, missed you in that last round. Is your brother "connected" somehow?

linda - Hmmm, never heard of him. Why, is he some kind of actor or something ;-)

Anonymous said...

I'v got a number of five with Normal Fell from Three's Company, through Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, but I can't remember the show Reagan was in with Fell..

Rick said...

Jeff, you did star in a murder mystery movie with Mark Dahlen. He played the part of "Racoon Man" in the Disney movie "Iron Will". It also starred Kevin Spacey, and David Ogden Stiers. How many degrees is that?

Harmonica Man said...

rick - Both Kevin Spacey and D.O. Stiers have Bacon numbers of 2 (check out the link to the web site that calculates it in my story). Therefore, that puts Mark at 3 (the same as me) and everyone Mark knows at 4. So I guess it all comes out the same.

Rick said...

The point is, you actually have a genuine movie credit "Bacon Number". Also some guy named William John Murphy was in the movie "Pyrates" with Kevin Bacon back in 1991, and also "Iron Will" with Mark. So that moves you up to "3". I'm so jealous.

Jennine said...

Darren and I were on the Phil Donahue Show in the late 80's. Phil Donahue has a Bacon number of 3. Phil Donahue was in Deadly Addiction (1988) with Gregory Scott Cummins Gregory Scott Cummins was in Shadow Hours (2000) with Beau Starr Beau Starr was in Where the Truth Lies (2005) with Kevin Bacon.

Guess that makes me a 4.

Great post!

Harmonica Man said...

So, did he do that cool "Phil Donahue move" where he bends down on one knee, bows his head and sticks the microphone in your face? Because that would be way cool.

Jennine said...

He did, Jeff!

"Jen-neen...Jen-neeeen" but you're so young to be married!"


It was a truly special moment.

Bugwit Homilies said...

DIdn't I see Laryy in 'Fargo'?

Harmonica Man said...

Bug - Yes, he played Stan Grossman in that movie. He's been in a ton of stuff, but he's more of a character guy. He's been playing a lot of judges on law shows lately.