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Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in American Hustle
Cooper's and his go-to hairstylist Lori McCoy-Bell experimented for weeks before settling on the best bad perm for his Hustle character, while hair-department head Kathrine Gordon had to give Bale a tutorial on managing his toupee-on-comb-over coif.
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Colin Farrell in Horrible Bosses
''It was absolutely tragic,'' Farrell told Conan O'Brien of the fake combover he wore to play coke head tyrant Bobby Pellitt in the 2011 comedy. ''I modeled that [after] an English footballer by the name of Sir Bobby Charlton who played for Manchester United.''
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Jared Leto in Panic Room
Leto manages to pull off a blonde wig in his latest role, but the cornrows he sported as rich-kid-gone-bad Junior in the 2002 thriller were less than flattering.
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John Travolta in Battlefield Earth
Following in the footsteps of Gary Oldman in True Romance and the killer creature in Predator, John Travolta managed to take Rasta braids to a new low in this 2000 homage to L. Ron Hubbard. As EW's Owen Gleiberman put it: ''The actor appears to be suited up for a satanic road company of Cats.''
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Robert Pattinson in How to Be
Nerd alert! Before Pattinson became a bona fide heartthrob as Twilight's Edward Cullen, he appeared as a struggling musician with a Bobby Brady mop in this 2008 indie.
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Tom Cruise in Magnolia, Interview with the Vampire, and Rock of Ages
There's no bad hairstyle Cruise won't endure for a role. Cases in point: the Magnolia man bob, the Interview With a Vampire bouffant, and the Rock of Ages Bon Jovi shag. And then there's Tropic Thunder's epic Les Grossman combover.
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Bradley Cooper in Hit & Run
The 2012 comedy had an indie-sized budget, so Cooper recycled the matted blonde wig he'd worn in 2011's Limitless. Hairstylist Lori McCoy-Bell transformed the hairpiece into the dreadlocks worn by Cooper's character Alex.
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Javier Bardem in The Counselor
Bardem's acting career spans several hair-raising roles, the most recent of which is best be described as a Guy Fieri-inspired, pomade-sculpted porcupine 'do.
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Brad Pitt in Johnny Suede, Interview with the Vampire, and Legends of the Fall
From a blown-out pompadour in Johnny Suede to shoulder-length locks in Interview With the Vampire and flowing tresses in Legends of the Fall, Pitt has had dozens of on-screen hairstyles — and he's rocked them all.
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Leonardo DiCaprio in The Man With the Iron Mask
No, DiCaprio's character in the 1998 action-adventure flick was not a drag queen, as his androgynous look — are those ringlets? — suggests.
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Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell in Zoolander
Don't tell Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) but his spiky 'do was no match for Hansel's (Owen Wilson) soft finger waves or Mugatu's (Will Ferrell) powdered wig.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Hesher
Stringy hair and jailhouse tattoos turned the angel-faced actor into a heavy metal-loving burnout for this ill-received 2011 dramedy.
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Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire
Hellllo! Williams carried on the fine tradition — see Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in 1959's Some Like it Hot and Dustin Hoffman 1982's Tootsie — of playing a less than convincing female impersonator to great comedic effect in the 1993 family movie.
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Jake Gyllenhall in Prince of Persia
''It took me six months to grow [long hair], which was the hardest part of it all,'' Gyllenhaal told London's Metro News of the coif he cultivated for the 2010 flop. ''It was harder to grow the hair than do the accent or to sword-fight.'' Is it just me, or is this ''The Rachel'' cut?
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John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
It comes as no surprise that Oscar winner J. Roy Helland — who has done Meryl Streep's hair and makeup for all of her movies since 1982's Sophie's Choice — had a hand in coiffing Leguizamo, Snipes, and Swayze for the 1995 drag queen comedy.
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Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean
The only thing we've come to expect from Johnny Depp is the unexpected, and outlandish hairstyles are usually part of the equation.
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Orlando Bloom in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Bloom's Legolas Greenleaf could have been the spokesperson for the Brazilian blow-out with those stick-straight blonde tresses, which rivaled even Galadriel's (Cate Blanchett) other-wordly hair.
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Taylor Lautner in Twilight
Did Jacob really lose Bella because of his high-maintenance hairstyle? ''[It] would get caught in my mouth, and I would be spitting it out in this scene where I'm coming close to kissing Bella. It was annoying,'' Lautner told reporters at a junket for 2009's New Moon.