Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Are you guys aware of a very interesting game(for movie buffs ofcourse!) called ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’? It was developed by three students in the USA and according to this game, any Hollywood actor can be hooked to actor Kevin Bacon in 6 steps or less through common movies that they have been in.

For example, if you select Cameron Diaz, the links would be:
Cameron Diaz was in Charlie’s Angels 2 with
Demi Moore who was in A Few Good Men with
KEVIN BACON
So Cameron Diaz has a Bacon number of 2

And if you select Bruce Willis, the steps would be:
Bruce Willis was in Death Becomes Her with
Meryl Streep who was in A River Wild with
KEVIN BACON
So Bruce Willis also has a Bacon number of 2

The game is hugely popular, with websites(here's one) and software programs to determine the linkage. But these programs have huge databases stored in them and establish the links through little-known actors and/or movies. IMO, its more fun figuring it out with movies we’ve seen or atleast know.

I was talking about this to a friend of mine and asked him to throw out the names of a couple of actors who I would then try to link to Bacon in 6 steps or less. Since I mentioned ‘any actor’, he threw me a curveball by giving me our own aachi Manorama!

I had to think about it a little bit but I eventually did link her to Bacon with a Bacon number of 5. Anyone wanna take a shot at the linking I did? Can anyone do the linking with fewer than 5 steps?

31 Comments:

At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rajnikanth has a Bacon number of 3. So she would have a Bacon number of 4.

 
At 3:12 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

how did u link aachi wit him??

 
At 3:15 AM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

http://oracleofbacon.org/cgi-bin/oracle/movielinks?firstname=Bacon%2c+Kevin&game=1&secondname=Manorama+%28II%29&using=1
tat is the answer, bacon 3

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger Rajesh said...

Its fun to find the links between
our own actors with Bacon...i tried
even the actor Vijayan...still it worked.

 
At 6:24 AM, Blogger Zero said...

Very interesting game. I will think over and most probably will use Naseer, Om Puri, Gulshan Grover etc. to pull the list to India. And then we have Kamal Haasan and Rajini himself to pull it further down south. The chain should involve only the on-screen actors, right?
anonymous,
Was Bloodstone involved in the chain? An intelligent guess, that is.
Vatsan,
I am not sure of your solution. IMDb is many a times real stupid. So, am not sure if Water has our Manorama in the cast. Just to sample, even today, I found "Azhagiya Theeyae" Prasanna and the good old comedy actor Prasanna (Lakshmi's husband in the movie "Sirai") mentioned as the same person.

 
At 6:25 AM, Blogger Zero said...

Hey,
I used the link given by Vatsan for Rajini and yes, it does involve Bloodstone and seems to be a valid answer. So Aachi's Bacon quotient is 4, indeed.
Balaji,
Your verdict?

 
At 6:33 AM, Blogger Zero said...

Well, this game really hooked me onto it.
For my "original" answer, I stole the Om Puri connection thru the above link and it is "Code 46" (which seems to have had Puri and Tim Robbins in its cast).
The other movie having Bacon and Robbins is, of course, Mystic River. That again leaves us with the answer 4.

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Rama said...

hmm..interesting one

 
At 8:57 AM, Anonymous GP said...

Thats a cool one, Balaji.. Just yesterday I was watching Apollo 13..
Yeah, we have good links with Hollywood through Puri's and few others so it is possible to everyone within Bacon 5. (Even Sukumar of Kaadhal had it)

I remember another of this 'link' thing: Anyone can be linked with anyone else via 5 or 6 (i dont remember) links (as person one knows).. this was a famous research done by someone and it always worked.. !!

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous ra said...

ada poanga yaa...namma arivukku, who has my dream girl's number of 1-ngarathey puriya maatengudhu...indha lakshanathula Baconu Pancake-nu vandhutaange...pudhu game ode...:( !!

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

zero, u're at the stage i was when i 1st heard of the game. i was hooked and ended up trying to find the links with all actors :-)

as i mentioned, i didn't go thro the oracle or imdb to link manorama to bacon. i had no idea about a movie called 'code 46' and so didnt use that link. and good guess but no, i didnt use 'bloodstone' either :) my number was 5 but all very well-known movies.

gp, i think u r talking about the 'degrees of separation' thing which was used as the base for this game. its mentioned in the link i've provided.

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous ram said...

sorry, paer miss aayduchu (life-la edhedho miss aavudhu...idhu oru matter-a!!)

 
At 12:03 PM, Blogger VC said...

BB,
Manorama - Kamalhaasan (Take your pick)
Kamalhaasan - Om Puri (MX)
Om Puri - Patrick Swayze (City of Joy)
PS - Demi Moore(Ghost)
DM - KB (A Few Good Men)

If we can find a movie with both Patrick Swayze & KB, that brings it down to 4.

There was an interesting Visa check card commercial based on this Kevin Bacon thing.

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vc, thats a nice linkage. i havent seen 'city of joy' but have defly heard of it.
that's not the linkage i came up with though. mine had only tamil and english movies :)

 
At 1:02 PM, Anonymous vijay said...

Why Kevin bacon? This game can be played about with any fairly popular actor or am I missing something?

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vijay, true. infact its been proved that a few other actors can be linked better(i.e lesser # of steps) to more # of actors than bacon. But the game was 1st developed with bacon in mind. the students said that he's starred in so many different genres and with so many diverse casts that he was the natural choice.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger VC said...

..only Tamil & English movies-aa?
I can substitute MX with Hey Ram (Tamil version).
Does your linkage have only Kodambaks & Hollywood actors?

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous ram said...

whaz ur solution, BB?

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vc, no i used a bollywood actor. not om puri though :)

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger VC said...

I give up. Yaaru??

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger VC said...

On a related note - who would be an ideal desi Kevin Bacon - for the desi version of the game, that is? Just wondering!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

vc, its the other puri, amrish :-)

aachi-rajni(so many movies)
rajni-amrish puri(thalapathy)
amrish puri-harrison ford(Indiana Jones 2)
Harrison Ford-Brad Pitt(Devil's Own)
Brad Pitt-KB (Sleepers) :-)

for desi KB i'd probably pick Prabhu Deva. He's acted with quite a few other actors/actresses...

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger VC said...

I did think of the Amrish Puri - Indiana Jones - Harrison Ford connection.
Got stuck linking Amrish Puri to Manorama. Could only think of Amrish to Kamal (Chachi 420). Man! How could I forget Thalapathi!!! Good one!

Forget desi KB. I have come up with an idea for a game show for Sun TV (or any other channel).
Each team will be given two movie people (not just actors, just to make it interesting). They have to connect them within a certain period of time.

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Cool!! The first thing I thought was also the Amrish Puri - Harrison Ford connection. But for me, Brad Pitt between Ford and Bacon was not too obvious to knock it off without help.
Balaji, I was sure u were asking us to find it without external reference. But, I could not help it.
Btw, should Rajini be there in between Manorama and Puri? Well, I guess we are missing something here.

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

zero, i've seen both 'devil's own' and 'sleepers'. so came up with those on my own without help :-)

not sure i understand your question "should Rajini be there in between Manorama and Puri?". manorama and puri have acted in 1 movie??

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Balaji,
I am just trying to explore that possibility. Manorama & Puri have acted in many telugu movies.

 
At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Maverick said...

Our Gabtun has a Bacon number 4.
Actually speaking, Kevin Bacon has a Gabtun number 4 :-) (Though Bacon would love to make it 1)

Vijaykant was in Chinna Gounder (1991) with Salim Ghouse. Salim Ghouse was in Deceivers, The (1988) with Pierce Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan was in Instant Karma (2005) with David Alan Grier. David Alan Grier was in Woodsman, The (2004) with Kevin Bacon .

 
At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Maverick said...

Goundamani has a Bacon number 3.

Goundamani was in Baba (2002) with Amrish Puri. Amrish Puri was in Gandhi (1982) with Winston Ntshona.
Winston Ntshona was in Air Up There, The (1994) with Kevin Bacon.

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

mav, ellam oracle dhayavu pola iruke?

namma salim ghouse acted in a hollywood flick with pierce brosnan? and what is 'instant karma'? dont recall a movie by that name being released, esp this yr!

and if gounds has bacon number 3 then aachi would be 4. but no idea who winston is...

 
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