Getting the hair right can be a vital part of an actor’s performance. Here are some of the best - and worst examples in the movies.

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by edward

    on 28 Jan 2014 16:19

    Anything starring Yahoo Serious. He has probably left many film enthusiasts radar, But Mr. Serious' hair was always more banal and ridiculous than his attempt at making movies: "Young Einstein" and "Reckless Kelly."

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by alli

    on 16 Jan 2014 14:34

    Mel Gibson in Braveheart; Daniel Day Lewis (hair and hats) and not forgetting (even though stage, not film) David Tennant as Richard II. But I think you give them all a run for their money, Mark.

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by Luke Smith

    on 8 Jan 2014 15:17

    I'd like to stick Jack Nance's name in there as well for Eraserhead. Once you watch the film you'll understand his hair being like that.

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by D_A_I_S_Y

    on 8 Jan 2014 03:18

    Holly Hunter (a lady with gorgeous hair) has had a lot bad dos in her film/TV roles. But they've all been great for her characters. The cast of 'Gregory's Girl' all have bad hair. I'm sure it was bad even in 1981, but it's enjoyable and takes me back to a time when people all had different hair. There's a film with Paul Giamatti called 'Win Win' - the young guy he's looking after has terrible hair. Funny.

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by information1st

    on 7 Jan 2014 21:56

    Hmm, that's a great quote from Billy Zane who is so awesome in Dead Calm.

    It's an interesting area to think about for an actor. Jake Gyllenhaal seems to have a good head of hair: Prince of Persia he's fairly amenable to a Persian ethnicity, the crew cut in Jarhead looks authentic on him etc. It looks natural.

    I remember Jack Palance's quote in City Slickers: "Red Hair like the sky was on fire!" In fact Julia Roberts is highly memorable actress due to her fiery locks where she really looks "one of a kind" in Pretty Woman and other films she's been in: Highly distinct. Several films have had notable red-heads including "Red Sonja" and of course The Fifth Element's Milla Jokovich's LeeLoo (dyed hair). The Fifth Element in general.

    A really funny scene in Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels is when Michael Caine applies pink gel to Steve Martin to help give him "the suave, sophisticated look" on the French Riviera which on Caine seems to present a certain refinement whereas on Martin a sort of image of eurotrashness!

    Superman's haircut looks outdated which I think could be a major problem for the depiction in film for that character? One of the funniest things about some Medieval (knights and the rest of it) budget productions is these people with 70's or 80's or 90's hairstyles going around Medieval times pressed in peasant's clothes or armour, kinda makes the whole thing an unintentional farce: In fact maybe that is what I really don't like about the hobbit's interpretation of fantasy is that it's all too sexed up whereas it really needs that sort of cheapness offered from eg the Robin Hood with Uma Thurman in it: It's almost more believable than the carefully crafted dwarf beards that actually turn out to look so fake and unnatural or 'not organic' in the Hobbit. It looks like the film makers are making beards that make you see the convervation the film-makers are having: "What do dwarf beards look like?" "I dunno, do they look like this "this"?"

    Dumb and Dumber the hair of both main actors is perfect: Patrol Officer to Jim Carry: "Come on, give me that booze, you little pumpkin pie, hair-cutted freak, come on!"

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  • Comment number 54. Posted by ChaosReigns88

    on 6 Jan 2014 23:35

    Tobey Maguire in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. We're plunged into a world of narcotics where the only way to retain sanity is by fending off imaginary bats. One of the first sights we see is Tobey Maguire's bald top and long, blonde locks blowing in the wind; he looks midway between innocent hippy and pent-up psychopath. You begin to understand why the instability of his hair might unnerve a narcotized Hunter S Thompson into instantly forming ideas of dumping his body in a ditch.

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by eyeqew

    on 6 Jan 2014 20:39

    I spat coffee. Just when it can't get any camper, Mark raises the bar.

    Pacino in the Phil Spector film.
    Connery in Red October.

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by brandy65

    on 6 Jan 2014 11:14

    Russell Crowe's hair in The Insider brought alot to that role.

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  • Comment number 51. Posted by Cpt_Disgruntled

    on 4 Jan 2014 23:51

    Surprised you haven't mentioned your mate Jason Isaacs, he of the multiple iconic coifs: Lucius Malfoy's platinum fall, Colonel Tavington's ("The Patriot") chestnut queue, the complete absence for "Black Hawk Down," the wayward upholstery stuffing of "Passionada," the greasy stringy lank locks of "Dragonheart," the respectable short-back-and-sides of Mr. Darling contrasted with Capt. Hook's luxuriant ringlets in "Peter Pan"...

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  • Comment number 50. Posted by Frank Doubleday

    on 4 Jan 2014 20:53

    Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again. He proved he could still play James Bond, and that his toupee gave one of its best performances. Especially in the underwater sequence.

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