This week, The Fifth Estate opened in theaters. This is one big movie I really wanted to see, and maybe I’ll get to it while it’s still in theaters. With that, I thought I’d feature the movie’s star, Benedict Cumberbatch in this week’s edition of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: Episode 18
Benedict Cumberbatch has been exploding onto the American film scene over the past couple years. Though he’s had plenty of prominent roles in Britain, including the BBC’s Sherlock Holmes, it wasn’t until he played an iconic villain in this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness that the US really got to know who he was. In The Fifth Estate, he plays alongside fellow Brits like David Thewlis and some pretty big American stars like Stanley Tucci and…
Laura Linney! Who can honestly say they don’t love this woman? Her sweet smile? Her wholesome attitude? And her ability to become any character she takes on. She’s pretty awesome. One of my favorite roles was her as Constance in The Life of David Gale, and of course, as Kinsey’s wife Mac in Kinsey, but many people are more familiar with her from The Truman Show or her current TV role as Cathy Jamison on The Big C. Still, she has made quite a career, and I expect to see plenty more of her in the coming years. Back in 2003, she played Sean Penn’s wife in a little film called Mystic River. And who was with her? Just a guy called…
Kevin Bacon! Once again, we end up with Mystic River as the main connection, but we got there by a different actor, so I’m ok with it.
Results: 1 degree of separation!
It’s almost too easy using Mystic River. There are so many big names with such long careers to choose from! I’ll try to find another way in next time, guys, I promise!
Benedict Cumberbatch: Chris Pizzello, Invision/AP via USA Today
Laura Linney: The Big C premiere party 2010 via Facebook
Kevin Bacon: Bored to Death – Season 2 – “Forty-Two Down!”: Barry Wetcher/HBO via TV Guide
By the way, if you ever see a way to pare down the degrees of separation and point out how to connect the actor in question to Kevin Bacon through fewer connections, leave a comment and prove your movie buff prowess!
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