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Six Degrees of Writer's block

If you follow movies and the people in them you are likely familiar with the parlor game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Based upon the concept that any two people are separated by no more than six social connections, the idea is to link an actor with Kevin Bacon through the films in which he or she has appeared. It can be traced back to a comment Bacon made in 1994 during an interview about the film The River Wild, in which he quipped he had “worked with everybody in Hollywood or someone who has worked with them.” Within a few years the game was widespread enough for James Franco to joke about it while hosting the 83rd Academy Awards. Suspicious he was being ridiculed, Bacon himself initially disliked the game. Soon, however, he came around and even penned a foreword for a book about it written by the students who claimed to have invented it.

In the spirit of the above, I thought it would be fun to try the game with the four lead actors of Writer’s Block. First up is Craig Nigh, who plays our film’s protagonist Skip Larson. Craig played the role of an Assistant District Attorney in a fifth season episode of Breaking Bad titled Gliding Over All. Appearing as Todd in that episode was fellow Texan Jesse Plemons. Plemons’ credits include the Johnny Depp vehicle Black Mass. Guess who played FBI Agent Charles McGuire in that film? Yep, Kevin Bacon. Craig’s Bacon number is therefore two.

Let’s move on to Mike Gassaway, Craig’s Writer’s Block antagonist Chester Everett McGraw. Mike also had a role in The Magnificent Seven starring, among others, Ethan Hawke. Hawke in turn appeared in Alive with Danny Nucci, who appeared in Titanic with Leonardo Dicaprio, who appeared in This Boy’s Life with Robert DeNiro, who appeared in Sleepers with Kevin Bacon. Mike’s Bacon number: 5.

Next is Writer’s Block’s fast-rising star Jeannie Carter Cruz. In 2017 Jeannie played the role of Anita in the drama Transient. The lead role in that film was held by Michael Ocampo, who also had a role in the television series From Dusk Til Dawn. That show featured Jake Busey, who appeared with Jon Voight in Enemy of the State. We follow Voight back to Deliverance, an action film that scared the bejesus out of me in 1972 (“Squeal, piggie, squeal!”) and made Burt Reynolds a star. Reynolds later appeared in Striptease with Demi Moore, who appeared in A Few Good Men with – ta da! – Kevin Bacon. Jeannie’s Bacon number: 6.

Finally, let’s plug Chris Warner into the game. In addition to playing Chester’s henchman Digger Haskell in Writer’s Block, Chris appeared in a memorable scene in the Coen brothers’ masterpiece No Country for Old Men in which his character is pulled over by Tommy Lee Jones’ sheriff for not adequately securing a load of dead bodies in his pickup truck. Woody Harrelson played the ill-fated man tracking Javier Bardem’s ruthless killer in that film. Harrelson also had a role in Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly alongside Robert Downey Jr., who starred in Tropic Thunder with Tom Cruise, whose military lawyer squares off against prosecutor Kevin Bacon in A few Good Men. Chris’ Bacon number: 4.

Have you ever played Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon yourself? Why not take a crack at two other experienced Writer’s Block actors, Bobbie Grace and Katusha Robert? Let us know how you do!

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