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Canadian stylist takes credit for `horrible" Bardem haircut in Oscar-winning film

Canadian stylist takes credit for `horrible" Bardem haircut in Oscar-winning film

Paul LeBlanc doesn't mind one bit that Oscar-winner Javier Bardem calls his creation "one of the most horrible haircuts in history." In fact, the New Brunswick stylist is pretty proud.
"It's a very big day," LeBlanc said from his studio Monday. "It reminds me of when I won in 1985 for `Amadeus'." The stylist shared an Oscar for best makeup for his work on director Milos Forman's film about Mozart, which won eight awards, including best picture.
LeBlanc, who has been kept busy with the New Brunswick hair salon he opened a year ago, created the hairstyle for Bardem's character in the blood-soaked "No Country For Old Men," drawing on the mop tops of the British warriors in the medieval Crusades as well as the haircuts of the 1960s for inspiration.
Spanish actor Bardem took home the best supporting actor Oscar Sunday night for his portayal of icy killer Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers' "No Country For Old Men," which won three other awards for best picture, director and adapted screenplay.
His oddball haircut for the film has been roundly mocked by comedians. Oscar telecast host Jon Stewart quipped that Bardem's haircut in the film combined, "Hannibal Lecter's murderousness with (ice skating champ) Dorothy Hamill's wedge-cut."
Even Bardem acknowledged the quirky mop cut in his acceptance speech.
"This is pretty amazing and I want to thank the Coens for being crazy enough to think that I could do that and put one of the most horrible haircuts in history on my head," Bardem told the cheering crowd, referring to the Coens' decision to fashion his character with an incongruous page boy.
LeBlanc was flattered by Bardem's comments and said he always knew the actor would do well.
"It's very good for them and for me," said LeBlanc, who has worked with the Coen brothers for many years. "It's a film that will have a long life and it's nice to know that my art will live on as well."
LeBlanc said Monday his telephone had been ringing off the hook with calls from media around North America.
He said that he has also heard that the hairstyle is catching on with the fashion set in Los Angeles, who are asking for a "Bardem cut." LeBlanc said he remembers Bardem telling him during the film shoot that the cut helped him with his acting.
Bardem "told me every morning when I finished the top that it helped him to get into character," LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc has worked on about 55 films during his career in Hollywood, including "Return of the Jedi," the final part of the original "Star Wars" trilogy, and "Cyrano de Bergerac."
He is not involved in any film projects at the moment.


Updated : 2021-07-24 09:39 GMT+08:00