There are only supposed to be six degrees of separation between actor Kevin Bacon and the rest of humanity. But at this writing, the distance still appears to be considerable between KB, who's currently filming a movie called Cop Car in the Colorado Springs area, and a local reporter who spent a day trying to find him without actually doing so -- a futile quest documented in a video on view below. Our Melanie Asmar recently told you about Cop Car in a May 8 post about projects approved for state film-making incentive funds. She wrote:
Cop Car is slated to star Kevin Bacon as a sheriff whose car is stolen by two kids who take it on a joy ride. It's expected to spend $410,000 here and was approved for a $82,000 rebate. The entire film would be shot in Colorado.
The next week, Screen Daily reported that Memento Film International had acquired the rights to the flick by director/co-writer Jon Watts, whose first feature, Clown, a horror opus produced and featuring Hostel auteur Eli Roth, is due for release later this year. It's unclear how much screen time Bacon will receive in the Cop Car: The kids, described by Screen Daily as ten-year-olds, appear to be the main characters. Yet yesterday morning at 6:30 a.m., Bacon was spotted reading a script at a Springs coffee shop, prompting reporter Jen Mulson and her running buddy, page designer/artist Nichole Montañez, to set off in search of him for the most modern of reasons -- to convince him to take a selfie with them.
To end the suspense right there: They didn't succeed -- but it wasn't for a lack of trying. In a Gazette article and accompanying video, they document their trip, which takes them to a 7-Eleven, a local studio, the highway to Fountain (where Bacon is said to be filming), the Fountain Creek Nature Center and an area McDonald's. But alas, no Kev.
Highlight for everyone except a certain Footloose star: When a staffer at a diner is asked if he's seen Kevin Bacon, he responds, "I don't even know who that is."
If Mulson ever does find Bacon, he might be pissed. Here's the video.
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Note: The original version of this post misidentified the photo of Nichole Montañez above. We apologize for the error.
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More from our Television & Film archive circa May 8: "Ashton Kutcher could make next movie in Colorado thanks to state film incentives."