Hollywood is a very small place. I am not
talking physically – although it isn’t very big in that sense, either – I am
talking in terms of relationships.
Today, I went to the Oracle of Bacon,
online, and typed in my name, out of curiosity, to see what connection it could
find for me, with Kevin Bacon, the actor.
It said I have a Bacon Number of 2. That is
I am only two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
The relationship was that I appeared in
Vikingdom as Warick, (not yet released) with Ron Smoorenburg (as Captain of Jomsberg 2), who appeared with Kevin Bacon
in Elephant White (2011). This brought home to me just how small Hollywood is,
in terms of human associations.
Only by appearing in a film with Kevin
Bacon directly, could I improve upon this Bacon Number. Whether that will
happen is anyone’s guess. Nevertheless, it does show how small the filmic world
To put this Bacon Number score of 2 into
perspective, I looked up Dominic Purcell’s Bacon Number (he is the star of
Vikingdom, playing the hero Eirick). It is also 2. The connection is that
Dominic Purcell was in Scenes of the crime (2001) with Robert Wahlberg, who
went on to appear in Mystic River (2003) with Kevin Bacon.
Now, that is not to say that I am as well
established as Dominic Purcell – I am not, by a great margin – but in terms of
connectivity to Kevin Bacon in this limited sense, we are just as well
connected as each other.
On the other hand, Tom Cruise has a Bacon
Number of 1, having appeared with him in A Few Good Men (1992).
Of course, this measure of Hollywood
connectivity is entirely arbitrary, since any other actor could have been
chosen. There are in fact many more well connected actors than Kevin Bacon (I
read recently that he was only the 444th most connected actor in
Hollywood). It is probable that the connectivity numbers would be smaller had a
more well connected actor been chosen as the “target” than Kevin Bacon. Whatever
the case, whomever is chosen to connect to, the result would be the same:
Hollywood is a very small “place”.
Given how small it is, I feel fortunate to
be a part of it, in my own way.
Posted by Valentine Cawley
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