Comments173Hadley Freeman@HadleyFreemanSaturday 20 May 2017 04.00 EDTEveryone knows the shtick about Kevin Bacon. You know, the theory that anyone in the entertainment business can be connected to him by, at most, six removes: the Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon. So, to take an actor at random, Dolly Parton: Parton voiced the animated film Gnomeo And Juliet along with James McAvoy, who starred in 2011’s X-Men: First Class, in which Bacon played the bad guy. It works even with actors from previous generations, such as, say, Gene Kelly: Kelly directed 1967’s A Guide For The Married Man with Walter Matthau, who appeared in JFK, in which Bacon played a crooked gay hustler.
This game has been entertaining film nerds and stoned students for more than 20 years, and has given Bacon a kind of meta fame. But it is rarely noted that it is also a huge compliment to him, acknowledging how long and varied his career has been. “Hmmm, I don’t know if I’d call it a compliment,” Bacon says in his surprisingly deep and gravelly voice, when we meet in London.
Of course it is, I say. It’s a testament to his longevity.