HeadScratcher No. 33: Six degrees of tension headache

153717__th_lWow! I’ll be straight with you, children: These six-degrees-of-separation items are going to be a challenge. We may have to rethink this. Nearly 400 of you replied, as there really is no incorrect answer, is there? That’s a lot of reading for your blogfather’s old eyes. My glasses are already Coke-bottle thick, and nobody needs to see that.

But I was heartened by the enthusiasm with which you replied, so we’ll do more. We just might make the questions a little bit specific. And we might limit the answer period to cut down on the number of responses.

(Click the jump to see the answer…)

That said, you did well. Here are the two answers I came up. A fewof you were freaky mind-readers and got one or the other. So many,though, that there’ll no be no list of names this week– sorry!

The first, the shortest:

Laurence Olivier was in Term of Trial
with Terence Stamp, who was in My Boss’s Daughter
with Ashton Kutcher (pictured).

The second, a little more creative:

Laurence Olivier was in Dracula
with Frank Langella, who was in Good Night, and Good Luck
with George Clooney, who was in Ocean’s Eleven
with Bernie Mac, who was in Guess Who
with Ashton Kutcher.

We’ll put a thinking caps on and see if we can come up with something interesting for Friday — stay tuned!

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  • Peggy

    Mickey, Mickey, Mickey…. I submitted (on Sunday) Kutcher-“Bobby” (2006) with Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins was in “The Bounty” with Olivier. Seems its the fastest (2) connection. What gives?

  • John Lockamy

    Peggy, your two degrees of separation is the same amount of degrees as the Terrance Stamp example given.

  • Karla

    The real answer is dull – Ashton has a Sir Larry number of 2. Snore!!!
    Here’s more fun:
    If you want to do it only with leads and strange or lowbrow flicks (with a special Shatner seasoning), then Ashton was in Dude Where’s My Car with Seann William Scott, who was in Dukes of Hazard with Johnny Knoxville, who was in A Dirty Shame with Selma Blair, who was in The Deal with Christian Slater, who was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with William Shatner, who was in Shoot or Be Shot with Harry Hamlin, who was in Clash of the Titans with Sir Laurence Olivier.

  • tyler

    personally i liked my connection
    Olivier in Hamlet which featured Peter Cushing. Cushing was in Star Wars which featured Mark Hamil. Mark Hamil was in Jay and Silent Bob strike Back (as the C**kknocker) which featured Jason Lee. He starred in Mallrats with Ethan Suplee (his Earl costar) who was in Butterfly Effect with Kutcher. I know it took six people, but I thought it was creative nonetheless.

  • Peggy

    John, You are correct, but not only was it a connection of 2, it was pretty clever, don’t ya think? No, I’m not bragging, its just that I worked pretty hard to connect them.

  • Lisa

    They both acted with Mia Farrow too. Terror in the Aisles with Olivier and Coming Soon with Kutcher

  • Jakeem

    Do we know for sure that Ashton Kutcher is actually in “Bobby”?

  • Christopher

    I got the General Zod connection… but just before that, I had submitted this one:
    Olivier and Sally Kellerman in “A Little Romance”
    Kellerman and Elliot Gould in “M*A*S*H”
    Elliot Gould & Bernie Mac in “Ocean’s 11″
    Bernie Mac and Kutcher in “Guess Who”

  • Mikey

    Kutcher was in A Lot Like Love with Amanda Peet.
    Peet was in Saving Silverman with Neil Diamond.
    Diamond was in The Jazz Singer with Olivier.

  • Shana

    Laurance Olivier was in Marathon Man with Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman was in Rain Man with Bonnie Hunt
    Bonnie Hunt was in Cheaper By the Dozen with Ashton Kutcher

  • Meredith

    these were my two, they were both six degrees
    Sir Laurence Olivier was in Clash of the Titans with Maggie Smith
    Maggie Smith was in Gosford Park with Ryan Phillippe
    Ryan Phillippe was in Studio 54 with Mike Myers
    Mike Myers was in Austin Powers with Seth Green
    Seth Green was in The Best Man with Amy Smart
    Amy Smart was in The Butterfly Effect with Ashton Kutcher
    Sir Laurence Olivier was in Clash of the Titans with Burgess Meredith
    Burgess Meredith was in Camp Nowhere with Andrew Keegan
    Andrew Keegan was in 10 Things I Hate About You with Heath Ledger
    Heath Ledger was in The Brothers Grimm with Matt Damon
    Matt Damon was in Syriana with Amanda Peet
    Amanda Peet was in A Lot Like Love with Ashton Kutcher

  • Peggy

    Yes Jakeem, Kutcher is in “Bobby”

  • Joyce

    Well I had these two
    Sir Olivier was in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow with Giovani Ribisi. He was in The Other Sister with Diane Keaton who was in Father of the Bride with Steve Martin who was in Cheaper by the Dozen with Ashton.
    Olivier – Ribisi – Diane – Steve Martin – Ashton
    Sir Olivier was in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow which starred Gwyneth Paltrow. She was Proof as Sir Hopkins daughter. He in turn was in Meet Joe Black with Marcia Gay Harden who was in Mona Lisa Smile with Julia Stiles who was in Down To You with Aston.
    Olivier – Gwyneth – Hopkins – Marcia – Julia – Ashton

  • Don

    How about…
    Olivier was in Sky Captain, also starring-
    Giovani Ribisi, who was on Friends as the husband of-
    Debra Jo Rupp, who is on That 70’s Show, and so was-
    Ashton Kutcher.

  • Stacy Porto

    Hey why wasn’t mine posted????????????????

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