Kevin Bacon’s #IStayHomeFor Challenge Is the Six Degrees of Positivity We Need Right Now

by Jeremy Spirogis
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With the nation below quarantine as a result of coronavirus (COVED-19) pandemic, stars have stepped up in full power. Kevin Bacon is profiting from his time in isolation by inspiring others to remain house to flatten the curve. Along with spouse, Kyra Sedgewick, right here’s how Bacon is offering the positivity all of us want proper now.

‘Apollo 13’ linked Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks

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25 years in the past, Ron Howard linked two of Hollywood’s greatest stars, Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks. The 1995 movie, Apollo 13, is the place the 2 actors grew to become lifelong pals.

The film depicted a dramatized model of the Apollo 13 lunar mission. Bacon understands the significance of the movie then, and now, as a part of our nation’s historical past.

“We felt that we were making something special, and I think that we were really super tapped into NASA and that story and the history of the space program,” Bacon advised Entertainment Tonight.

“We could feel actual astronauts getting excited about the movie that we were making. Hanks, I think he learned so much about the space program. I think he could fly the shuttle, honestly. He would just rattle this stuff off, it blew my mind.”

Bacon fondly remembered his time making ‘Apollo 13’

The Footloose star went on to reminisce in regards to the late actor, and his co-star, Bill Paxton.

“And Bill Paxton, the late great Bill Paxton, was also really really, super super into it. It did feel like Ron was making something that was really gonna last,” he stated.

“I was just digging around in my basement recently and found this behind-the-scenes footage of us on the Zero-G airplane, also known as the vomit comet, and I had all the footage from it digitized, because I didn’t know if anyone else had seen it. But it’s really wild… people don’t know that we actually filmed up in this Zero-G airplane that, up until that point, was only really used for testing, equipment and astronaut training. And Ron Howard had the idea to get up there and film up there. So we did, and it was quite an experience.”

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Apollo 13 gained two Oscars and obtained a “Best Picture” nomination. More than that, it linked Bacon and Hanks, who at the moment are shut pals.

Tom Hanks exchanged emails with Kevin Bacon all through his coronavirus quarantine

As two of the primary celebrities to disclose they examined optimistic for coronavirus, Tom Hanks and spouse, Rita Wilson, have been quarantined in Australia. They’re recovering now, however Bacon’s had them in his ideas.

“But the way that he came right out with it, which by the way I don’t think he needed to do, but he said, ‘This is a real thing,’ and he also said, ‘We are going to be OK,’ was very powerful and beautiful move on his part,” he continued. “I’m thinking about him every day,” Bacon stated in the identical ET interview.

He continued: “We have exchanged emails and they are very much in my thoughts. Crazy about the guy. He is not just an incredible actor, but a real great man, and Rita as well. I think it was interesting how somebody that is so beloved was so early [diagnosed]. I think now we are at a place where we are going to [hear about] a lot of people that are well known [getting coronavirus].”

Bacon’s #IStayHomeFor problem is inspiring followers to do the identical

To move the time and encourage everybody to do their half in social distancing, Bacon began the #IStayHomeFor problem through Instagram. The post particulars the explanations Bacon has self-isolated to maintain others protected, saying he stays house for his spouse, Sedgewick.

#IStayHomeFor @kikkosedg! Hey everyone, it’s now so vital to remain house and preserve our distance from others in case you are ready. It’s a method we may also help stop the unfold of #Coronavirus and save lives. The extra of us who can make it safer for many who can’t,” the caption reads.

“So if you’re home too like me, post a video or photo with a sign like mine, telling who you are staying home for and ask 6 friends to do the same. Post it with the hashtag #IStayHomeFor so I can see and share. The more folks involved, the merrier – We’re all connected by various degrees (Trust me, I know!).”

He tagged Jimmy Fallon, Elton John, Brandi Carlile, Kevin Hart, Demi Lovato, and David Beckham. Those “six degrees” will proceed the problem, tagging six folks of their very own. Bacon stated we will all use the “six-degree thing to do some good.”

The problem encourages everybody to ‘stay home’ for somebody they care about

As for the way the thought happened, Bacon stated staying house for somebody you care about is a no brainer.

“If you go out and interact with someone, you may not get that person sick and they may not get you sick, but they could get someone else sick and it could be connected through a series of six degrees,” Bacon defined.

“We all have somebody in our lives that is important to us and that is a good reason to stay home. I also think that I should point out there are a lot of people that cannot stay home, a lot of people who at a time like this, the real heroes start to come out of the woodwork and they exist in all kinds of surprising places.”

He credited first responders, medical professionals, grocery retailer staff, and sanitation staff for sticking it out on the frontlines. Bacon added that for all of us to remain house, these staff can do their jobs and “stay as safe as possible.”

“There is an opportunity here to get to a deeper and deeper level of a relationship,” the actor stated of all the standard time he’s had along with his household. “We keep our communication lines open as much as possible, we started meditating together, which is something we have never done before.”

Bacon stated that they’ve discovered new methods to move the time together with a puzzle — one thing he and Sedgewick have by no means carried out of their 31 years collectively.

“We are experimenting with different ways to cook things out of the pantry…and playing music. We always have a lot of instruments around the house so we will start just playing something.”

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