Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Inglourious Basterds, is to be released on 19th August. The film, about a Jewish-American revenge squad intent on killing Nazis in German-occupied France, stars Brad Pitt and Mike Myers and is narrated by king-of-cool Samuel L Jackson. Jackson, usually seen sporting classy, casual-smart attire with Kangol cap, has spoken about his hair loss, admitting that, at first, he was uncomfortable about his balding as everyone around him had big hair.
He said, “I keep ending up on those ‘bald is beautiful’ lists…when I first started losing my hair, it was during the era when everybody had lots of hair. Guys either had it down to their shoulders, or all black guys had these big afros. All of a sudden I felt this big hole in the middle of my afro, I couldn’t face having a comb over so I had to quickly figure out what the haircut for me was.”
Jackson decided to take the plunge and go bald. At the time, there were not proven and licensed hair loss treatments available for hair loss in men, as there are today, so Jackson may have felt going bald was the only option for him.
While Jackson has become used to his baldness, he usually chooses to wear a cap and likes to experiment with wearing hair pieces for his various film characters. He explains, “I’m very comfortable in my own life, not having hair, but not very comfortable with my characters not having hair!”
In Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction, Jackson wore an afro to play hitman Jules Winnfield. Even when he doesn’t appear on the screen and takes the role of a voiceover, he still likes his characters to have hair; in 2007 he voiced the lead character in Japanese animated TV series ‘Afro Samurai’ in which a black samurai warrior with a huge head of hair goes to Japan to avenge the death of his father.
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