"It's about compassion and responsibility for everyone on the planet." Bacon's connections are forever expanding. But he doesn't buy into the assertion that social media is the only promotional tool an entertainer needs today.Here he is (front, fifth from right) at rehearsals for 8: A Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality in March 2012 with a whole lot of celebrities: (Top row L-R) Jansen Panettiere, Bridger Zadina, Jane Lynch, Vanessa Garcia, James Pickens Jr., Yeardley Smith, writer Dustin Lance Black, director Rob Reiner, and actor Rory O’Malley, and (Bottom row L-R) Actors Cleve Jones, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chris Colfer, Christine Lahti, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Bomer, Matthew Morrison, Campbell Brown, and George Takei. The panel is designed to focus on the game's ability to gain significant and enduring traction in a pre-social media world. "There is this idea that your social media platform is the secret to success, but no one has quite proven that to be true if you ask me," Bacon said.It's been really exciting and fulfilling creatively to play a character for this long. But now I have to live with the wonderful success of it all and the bittersweetness of that success — because success means I'm not home.I didn't have high expectations when I took this job, because I'd never done a TV series before and the last thing I wanted to do was move to L. Has leaving your family gotten any easier over the years?When something takes off, it's because people are connecting to it; not because someone with a lot of followers says to care about it."Though he's come around to Twitter and to Six Degrees over the years, Bacon said he still doesn't engage in the latter."But I will tell you a secret: Honestly, I've truly forgotten who I have and haven't worked with at this point," he said with a laugh.But now he is the person I count on to live and walk through life with.It's a dependency that is there and large and real and profound. We always knew that we were each other's "one." Both of us knew this was forever and we were going to work it out no matter what happens, so when we fight, it's not so scary.
I think the trust gets deeper and the dependency gets deeper, which is scary.If Hollywood influence is measured by the people you know, then it stands to reason Kevin Bacon is the most powerful man in town since Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a game based on the "six degrees of separation" concept, asserts that the Footloose star can be connected to any celebrity in six steps or less.(The game's thesis is bolstered by the fact that President Barack Obama has a Bacon Number of 2: Obama and Tom Hanks appeared in The Road We've Traveled; Hanks and Bacon appeared in Apollo 13). I thought somebody was trying to pick the biggest loser they could find and joke about the fact I could be connected to Laurence Olivier in two steps.While movie fans have derived countless hours of joy from the game, that initially wasn't the case for Bacon. When you fight so hard and put your sweat and blood into trying to have your work speak for itself, I found it belittling."But when I met them, I realized they weren't making fun of me; they actually liked my movies." Soon thereafter, Bacon embraced the game, operating under the assumption it would, in his own words, "go the way of pogo sticks and pet rocks." "But it never went away, and now it's been 20 years," he said.While Bacon hasn't bought into the hypothesis that he's the world's most popular actor — "It easily could have been Six Degrees of Kevin Spacey" — over the last two decades, he's come to accept the role Six Degrees plays in his life and his career.