It probably all started with Kevin Costner’s nod to Julius Caesar in The Bodyguard late last year. Ever since, it seems the accessory of choice for leading men — hunks and villains alike — is the truly bad haircut. Maybe intricate makeup and even radical weight changes for roles are now so commonplace that hair has become the crowning glory in character development. Michael Douglas, for example, says the creepy-looking flattop he sported earlier this year in Falling Down helped define his unhinged character, who goes on a violent rampage through Los Angeles. ”I was sitting in the makeup chair and the hairdresser said, ‘I have an idea on the haircut — no, never mind,”’ Douglas reports. ”But I said go for it — and she cut it into a buzz. My friends thought I was an ax murderer or something.” And that was only the beginning. We combed the current crop of big-screen offerings, found other snippets of memorable ‘dos, and rated them on a scale of one to five scissors — one being a mere fringe phenomenon and five being the unkindest cut.
TO BUZZ OR NOT TO BUZZ
Arnold Schwarzenegger, as action stud Jack Slater playing Hamlet in Last Action Hero, models a classic crewcut. Scissors: 3
GEEK OF THE YEAR
Daniel Stern, as a pitching coach in Rookie of the Year, wears a buzz cut and muttonchops that match his loopy outlook. Scissors: 2
Evil stepdad Robert De Niro, in This Boy’s Life, sports a top so level you could shoot billiards on it. Scissors: 4
THE LONG VIEW
In the Line of Fire‘s John Malkovich displays a dizzying array of styles, from street stringy to elegantly balding yuppie. Scissors: 5
THE GOLDEN GLOBE
Wesley Snipes is oh-so-outré — topped in a bleached-blond fade — in the upcoming Demolition Man. Scissors: 2
WHO LOVES YA, BABY?
Ed Harris, in The Firm, plays a badass FBI agent with an attitude — and a Humpty-Dumpty pate. Scissors: 3
In What’s Love Got to Do With It, Laurence Fishburne‘s collection of Ike wigs is right on. Scissors: 4