"There's a lot of people in this movie that have worked with a lot of people, so exponentially I think it just blew up," Kevin Bacon said with a laugh on Today

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated September 08, 2015 12:30 PM
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Bad news, world: Kevin Bacon says attempting to play the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon game after his role in Black Mass might be pretty lame.

The veteran star, 57, said Tuesday on Today that his latest role pairs him with so many actors that he’s pretty much connected to everyone now.

“It’s over,” he said with a laugh. “There’s a lot of people in this movie that have worked with a lot of people, so exponentially I think it just blew up.”

Bacon, who sweetly celebrated his 27th anniversary with wife Kyra Sedgwick last week, plays an FBI agent in the highly anticipated film that follows the story of Boston mobster/FBI informant James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp). The film debuted at the Venice Film Festival last week to positive buzz.

“I play a character who is kind of a combination of a lot of guys who were head of the FBI field office at the time,” Bacon explains on Today. “He’s sort of the voice of reason at the time, in terms of the FBI.”

Depp looks almost unrecognizable as Bulger, and is earning early Oscar buzz for his performance – something Bacon clearly supports.

“I hope so,” he said when Natalie Morales brought up the possibility of Depp bringing home the Best Actor trophy.