Tuesday, October 25, 2005

180 degrees of separation?

A London photographer of produced a book of celebrity portraits based on the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game developed by three college students.

(You know the deal, right? Start with any actor and connect them to Bacon through other actors they're worked with in less than six steps. I don't play the game myself, but here's one online example:

Carrie Fisher was in Star Wars with
Harrison Ford, who was in The Fugitive with
Tommy Lee Jones, who was in Batman Forever with
Val Kilmer, who was in Heat with
Robert DeNiro, who was in Sleepers with

The London photographer Andy Gotts spent $160,000 on the project, which resulted in the new book of 180 photographs, "Degrees," and a London exhibit. He started with one British actor who gave him a name who gave him another name until he finally was referred to Bacon.

Gotts had been concerned about the reaction from Bacon, who is a serious actor in such troubling and thought-provoking films as "The Woodsman" and "Mystic River," but he was cool with the project, according to The New York Times.

The actor who got Gotts to Bacon: Christian Slater.

-Michael K

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