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The Six Degrees of Desert Eagle

Agent Smith and his Desert Eagle.

The Desert Eagle is definitely one of the guns you’ll often see on-screen if you like movies that have guns. Because it looks huge and threatening (even though it’s actually easy to hold for a such a big gun), the Desert Eagle has become the pistol that directors turn to when they want to show their bad guy/good guy is VERY serious about being bad/good.

A quick rundown of the films that have featured Deagles is a veritable “Who’s Who” of action movies. Various flavors of Desert Eagles in .50AE and .44 Magnum have showed up in:

  • Commando
  • Robocop
  • The Matrix
  • Universal Soldier
  • Alien Vs. Predadtor
  • The Boondock Saints
  • 21 Jump Street

And dozens of other movies, TV shows and video games.

Also, on a personal note, two of my favorite action flicks, Luc Besson’s “La Femme Nikita” and Richard Rodriguez’s “Despardo” also showed off Desert Eagles.

Anne Paurrilaud and Desert Eagle Anne Parillaud in the original, and in my opinion, best version of "La Femme Nikita".

Which got me thinking: Just how common IS the Desert Eagle in action movies?

Remember the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game, where the goal was to connect an actor, any actor, with Kevin Bacon? It went something like this.

“Gene Tierney starred in ‘Where The Sidewalk Ends’ with Eda Reiss Merin who was in ‘Enormous Changes at the Last Minute’ with Kevin Bacon.”

Gene Tierney’s “Bacon Number”, as a result, is 2, as it took only two movies to connect him with Kevin Bacon, and that’s the idea of the game.

Let’s try this with guns: Connect an actor, any actor/actress, with a Desert Eagle in 6 movies or less, and no, starting out with an actor like Hugo Weaving who actually USED a Deagle in a movie does NOT count.

My version (as I’m actually related to this actress), gives me a Desert Eagle Number of 4.

Carol Norton was in “Wanda Nevada” with Geno Silva who was “Scarface” with Mark Margolis who was in “End of Days” with Arnold Schwarzenegger who used a Desert Eagle in “Commando”. 

For the record, Kevin Bacon’s Desert Eagle Number is 1: Michael Gross had a Desert Eagle handy when he co-starred with Kevin Bacon in “Tremors”.

Ok, what’s your Desert Eagle Number, or the Deagle Number of your favorite actor/actress?

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