Kevin Bacon: 'I've Lost Track' of How to Play 'Six Degrees' ' (Video)

8:00 AM PST 06/12/2013 by THR staff

As THR's drama actor roundtable turns to most memorable fan interactions, Mandy Patinkin talks re-enacting “Princess Bride” for children and Jeff Daniels dishes on the “Dumb & Dumber” scene that makes it his “most celebrated” work.

Being an Emmy contender comes with its perks -- one of them being the adoring fans. During The Hollywood Reporter’s drama actor roundtable, six Emmy contenders shared their most memorable fan interactions.

Kevin Bacon (Fox's The Following) said many of his best moments stem from his band, The Bacon Brothers. Once a woman wrote to say one of the band’s songs had helped her get through tough times in life, including the amputation of one of her legs. She went on to meet Bacon and his brothers at a show, and had them sign her prosthetic limb.

The star also acknowledged the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game is very much a part of his life, even if he doesn’t remember how to play it.

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“Yeah, people on the subway will go, ‘Hey, one degree!’ " Bacon said. “I've lost track of how you actually play this game.”

Dennis Quaid (CBS' Vegas) recalled that fans frequently mistook him for the wrong star.

“In New York, especially in the 1990s, people would come up and say, ‘Kevin Bacon, how are you?’ And they actually meant Kevin Costner,” Quaid said.

Jeff Daniels (HBO’s The Newsroom) did him one better, saying he was once mistaken for a different famous Jeff.

“I had a kid in my own town walk up and say, ‘Excuse me, Mr. Bridges?’ ” Daniels said.

Asked about their most celebrated work, Daniels joked about the infamous toilet scene in 1994's Dumb & Dumber.

“I find that once you've sat on the toilet in front of millions and millions and millions and millions and millions of people …” he said, trailing off as the room burst into laughter.

Mandy Patinkin (Showtime's Homeland) had a quick rejoinder: “It changed the way I go to the bathroom.”

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Patinkin went on to speak about the recognition he still gets from his breakout role in The Princess Bride, saying people approach him about it “two to three times a day.”

“I couldn't be happier about it. I pinch myself!” Patinkin said.

He added that he gets the “biggest kick” when little kids come up to him, and he whispers his famous lines in their ears: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

THR’s drama actor roundtable also featured Corey Stoll (Netflix's House of Cards). The discussion was moderated by THR executive editor Matthew Belloni and senior editor Stacey Wilson.

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