Kevin Bacon's Game of Fame
Rajesh Mirchandani explores the game that put Kevin Bacon at the centre of the Hollywood Universe, and the actor gives an insight into his own philosophy and experience of fame.
At the age of 26 Kevin Bacon rocketed to stardom but it was a long slow steady decline after that with a string of box office flops. By the time Kevin reached thirty he suffered terrible anxiety and hit rock bottom. Around this time three college students created the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon which asserts that the Hollywood star can be connected to any celebrity in six or less steps. Kevin admits that he was initially horrified by it and thought it was a joke at his expense. But as the concept hung around he realised that it wasn't going away and so he decided to embrace it and start his foundation the Sixdegrees.org, which tries to arrange celebrity drop in's to charity events to bolster the efforts of people who run them and give them exposure on social media.
The Six Degrees Game put him at the centre of the Hollywood Universe but is that really a position he deserves?
We join Kevin as he visits a charity event because twenty years ago his name was put to a game. Gaining access to Bacon he gives an interesting insight into his own philosophy and first-hand experience of fame. Having won it lost and claimed it back to some degree.
Produced by Kate Bissell.