Kevin Bacon Celebrates 20 Years of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” at South By Southwest, Admits He Used to Hate Game
By Shari Weiss | 8:00 pm, March 9th, 2014
Kevin Bacon celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” at South by Southwest, admitting he used to hate the game that’s now synonymous with his name. “It was so annoying. I thought it was a joke at my expense. I thought somebody was trying to pick the biggest loser they could find and joke about the fact I could be connected to Laurence Olivier in two steps,” he tells BuzzFeed.
Bacon further explains, “When you fight so hard and put your sweat and blood into trying to have your work speak for itself, I found it belittling. I mean, do you want to be the guy with a game named after you or be the one with 18 Oscar nominations?” The actor further reveals that he fully expected the game, created in 1994, would “go the way of pogo sticks and pet rocks.” Instead it stuck around, and Bacon eventually used the idea as inspiration for his charity-focused social network site, SixDegress.org.
And now “The Following” star confesses to using the game as a tool at work. “Honestly, I’ve truly forgotten who I have and haven’t worked with at this point,” says Bacon. “So I will go and check someone’s Bacon Number if they’re coming to work so I don’t say, ‘Hi, nice to meet you,’ and their response is, ‘Uh, we worked together in 1995.’”
Still, that doesn’t mean he buys into his own hype. Bacon points out, “It easily could have been Six Degrees of Kevin Spacey.”