Have you heard of the six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon?
It's a trivia game based on the concept of the small world phenomenon and rests on the assumption that any actor can be linked through his or her film roles to actor Kevin Bacon. The game requires a group of players to connect any film actor in history to Kevin Bacon as quiickly as possible in as few links as possible.
It's been around for awhile, but every now and then I find myself trying to connect myself to Kevin Bacon.
As the former entertainment editor at the newspaper, I used to interview a large number of somewhat famous people. (It really isn't as cool as it sounds. It's actually pretty boring.) Through them, I managed to connect myself to Mr. Footloose himself.
Ready, here goes: I interviewed comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who played "Mater" in Cars where Cheech Marin did the voice of "Ramone," Cheech Marin starred in the movie "From Dusk Til Dawn" with George Clooney; George Clooney starred in "Oceans Eleven" with Julia Roberts. Julia Roberts played in . . . dum da dum "Flatliners" with Kevin Bacon.
But it gets better. After doing a little more research, I discovered that I'm actually closer to Kevin Bacon than I thought.
Here's how: Singer/songwriter Max Carl (who so graciously offered to assist me with music industry research on Long Road -- thanks Max) has worked with Bette Midler, Bette Midler was in the movie "Hocus Pocus" with Sarah Jessica Parker, and...ta da! Sarah Jessica Parker played in "Footloose" with Kevin Bacon.
I'm in desperate need of better ways to spend my time.
I lead a sad, sad life.
But it was a fun diversion for a snowy Monday.
Now, you tell me. . .are you six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon?
Tell me about the most famous person you've met. Have you ever been star-struck?