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Ooh, nice one. Okay…

Steve McQueen was in Papillon with Dustin Hoffman
Hoffman was in Hero with Tom Arnold
Arnold was in True Lies with Bill Paxton
Paxton was in Vertical Limit with Scott Glenn
Glenn was in The Challenge with Toshiro Mifune

Next up: Edward Furlong to Christian Bale, no Terminator films.

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Went down a lot of entertaining-yet-fruitless rabbit holes on this one, but here goes:

Edward Furlong was in Pecker with Martha Plimpton
who was in The Goonies with Josh Brolin
who was in Hail, Caesar! with George Clooney
who was in Fantastic Mr. Fox with Willem Dafoe
who was in American Psycho with Christian Bale

And since I now have Wes Anderson on the brain, let’s try this:
Jeff Goldblum to Bill Murray, using at least one entirely (or almost entirely) black-and-white film in the middle somewhere.

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Jeff Goldblum was in Earth Girls are Easy with Michael McKean
McKean was in Clue with Madeline Kahn
Kahn was in Young Frankenstein with Gene Hackman
Hackman was in Loose Cannons with Dan Aykroyd
Aykroyd was in Ghostbusters with Bill Murray

Connect Gene Wilder to Richard Pryor without using any movies they were in together.

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Oh, lovely.

Gene Wilder was in Blazing Saddles with Madeline Kahn
who was in Clue with Michael McKean
who was in Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin
who was in Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy
who was in Harlem Nights with Richard Pryor.

Had to expand that one a bit because obviously John Candy was in Planes, Trains and Automobiles and was also in Brewster’s Millions with Pryor.


I was considering going through Arrested Development for a while, so let’s try Will Arnett to Jeffrey Tambor without using anything they both appeared in.

Forthcoming films count, right?

Will Arnett will be in The Lego Batman Movie with Rosario Dawson
who was in Jessica Jones with David Tennant
who was in Doctor Who with Kylie Minogue
who was in Galavant with Timothy Omundson
who was in Psych with JeffreyTambor

From one Frank N Furter to another: Tim Curry to Laverne Cox (with no RHPS, obviously).

Tim Curry was in The Hunt For Red October with Sean Connery
who was in Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves with Morgan Freeman
who was in Chain Reaction with Keanu Reeves
who was in Point Break with Lori Petty
who was in Orange Is The New Black with Laverne Cox


Bryan Cranston to James Gandolfini without using any TV.

Bryan Cranston was in Kung Fu Panda 3 with James Hong
who was in The Shadow with Ian McKellen
who was in The Hobbit with Richard Armitage
who was in Captain America: The First Avenger with Samuel L Jackson
who was in True Romance with James Gandolfini

I’ve been trying to use James Hong as a connection for ages.

Alec Baldwin to Billy Zane without using any comic or pulp hero adaptations.

Alec Baldwin was in Beetlejuice with Michael Keaton
Keaton was in Much Ado About Nothing with Emma Thompson
Thompson was in Saving Mr. Banks with Paul Giamatti
Giamatti was in Sideways with Thomas Haden Church
Church was in Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight with Billy Zane (which I do not believe counts as a comic adaptation, as despite TftC being a comic originally, this story was not based on any of them.)

Okay, we’re doing a double-feature today! Using the excellent Steve McQueen to Toshiro Mifune connection by brian as a springboard, we’re going to do Toshiro Mifune to Clint Eastwood and then Eastwood to Bruce Willis and you cannot use any of the same actors or movies to connect Eastwood to Willis that were used to connect Mifune to Eastwood.

Have at it!

Double-feature, double-fun!

Toshiro Mifune was in 1941 with Jon Belushi
was in Animal House with Donald Sutherland
was in MASH with Robert Duvall
was in The Conversation with Gene Hackman
was in Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood
was in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Eli Wallach
was in The Magnificent Seven with James Coburn
was in The Muppet Movie with Elliott Gould
was in Ocean’s Twelve with Bruce Willis

And because I really wanted to work Sally Kellerman in there somehow, let’s begin with her. She plays Marc’s mom on Maron; Judd Hirsch plays his dad. Get us from Sally Kellerman to Judd Hirsch, but be classy about it: use at least two literary adaptations en route.

You actually only have five connections between Eastwood and Willis…good work otherwise though!

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Oof. Thanks for spotting that. Too many connections to count on fingertips, and mistakes will be made. Almost posted it with an extra actor in the first connection, which was why I got Sally Kellerman on the brain. Anyhow, the improved second half:

was in Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood
was in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Eli Wallach
was in The Magnificent Seven with James Coburn
was in Young Guns II with Christian Slater
was in True Romance with Gary Oldman
was in The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis

Anyone tempted to be geeky enough to do this with designers using co-designs? Eric Lang to Uwe Rosenberg for example.

I don’t have that much geek cred.

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Sally Kellerman was in MASH with Tom Skerritt
Skerritt was in Smoke Signals with Adam Beach
Beach was in Windtalkers with Mark Ruffalo
Ruffalo was in Avengers: Age of Ultron with Paul Bettany
Bettany was in A Beautiful Mind with Judd Hirsch

I really wanted to do every link as a literary adaptation, but just didn’t have the time to really dig in and find a link that worked. Still, three out of the five are, and one could argue the Avengers is one as well.

Next up: James Roday to Dule Hill without using television shows or made for TV movies. God, I miss Psych

I miss it too.

James Roday was in The Dukes of Hazzard with Linda Carter
who was in Sky High with Jim Rash
who was in Captain America: Civil War with Chris Evans
who was in Scott Pilgrim vs The World with Kieran Culkin
who was in She’s All That with Dulé Hill

And because we did the other two of the trinity but not her: Linda Carter to Gal Gadot without using any DC films or TV shows.

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Arg, why isn’t this thread Three Degrees!?

Lynda Carter was in Sky High with Kurt Russell
Russell was in Escape from L.A. with Pam Grier
Grier was in Just Wright with Queen Latifa
Latifa was in What Happens in Vegas with Cameron Diaz
Diaz was in Knight and Day with Gal Gadot

Hmm, what next? How about Bruce Campbell to Leslie Nielsen and using none of the Zucker/Abrahams films/shows.

Bruce Campbell was in the fantastic Moontrap with Walter Koenig
Koenig was in Wrath of Kahn with William Shatner (Who was in Columbo twice.)
Shatner was in Star Trek Generations with Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg was in The Player with Peter Falk
Falk was in Columbo with Leslie Nielsen (Twice)

So, steering it back to Columbo, lets link two other repeat performers.

Robert Vaughn to Patrick McGoohan

Again, only three degrees needed!

Robert Vaughn was in The Magnificent Seven with James Coburn
Coburn was in The Great Escape with James Garner
Garner was in Space Cowboys with Donald Sutherland
Sutherland was in The Dirty Dozen with Ernest Borgnine
Borgnine was in Ice Station Zebra with Patrick McGoohan

Man, I kept finding five degrees, finally found a way to pad it out to six!

Next up: Rutger Hauer to Clancy Brown and none of the characters portrayed in connecting the two can be villains in the films. For instance, no Blade Runner for Hauer, or Highlander for Brown.

Okay. I forced it into six degrees, using only films I’ve seen, so I’m like 95% certain we’ve got no villains here. (Holm’s a jerk in Naked Lunch, but he’s no villain, right?) Damn, Rutger Hauer plays a lot of bad guys.

Rutger Hauer was in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind with Sam Rockwell
was in Galaxy Quest with Tony Shalhoub
was in Big Night with Ian Holm
was in Naked Lunch with Peter Weller
was in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension with Clancy Brown

It’s October 11th, which is just another Tuesday for me. But it’s a happy birthday for both Joan Cusack and David Morse. Make it tougher by picking at least one film in which a birthday celebration is a major plot point.

Joan Cusack was in (lots of stuff) Grosse Pointe Blank with John Cusack
Cusack was in Sixteen Candles with Molly Ringwald
Ringwald was in The Stand with Gary Sinise
Sinise was in Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks
Hanks was in The Green Mile with David Morse

Wow, that one was pretty easy, I just had to look up who David Morse was as I’m pretty bad with a lot of actors/actress’ names.

Next up, let’s connect some Robocops. Peter Weller to Robert Burke.