A Coen Brothers’ Scrapbook of Hair

“There’s the Butch, or the Heinie, the Flat Top, the Ivy, the Crew, the Vanguard, the Junior Contour and, occasionally, the Executive Contour.  Adults get variations on the same, along with the Duck Butt, the Timberline, and something we call the Alpine Rope Toss.”

Whatever style or cut you call it, one thing’s for sure, over the years the Coen Brothers have amassed a plethora of unique looks from their actors by simply having fun with their hair.  Here are some of their highlights.

Raising Arizona (1987)

H.I.’s (Nicolas Cage‘s) rustled pompadour and trailer stash seems to be just the right amount of hair to warrant Ed’s (Holly Hunter‘s) dreamy-eyed stare beneath her beautifully brushed mullet.

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

When Tom and Leo (Gabriel Byrne and Albert Finney) weren’t sporting the finest headwear men’s fashion had to offer, the two of them were lathering and molding all their head strands with what I’m sure was the finest of hair greasing products the Prohibition-era had to supply.  They sure do look dapper.

Barton Fink (1991)

Barton’s (John Turturro‘s) bouffantly buoyancy is most likely the only character in this entire film who truly knows the answers to the slew of existential questions swirling around the young writer’s head.

The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

Remember to frantically run your fingers through your hair the next time you are called up to the CEO’s office and want to make a good first impression.  Hey, it worked for Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), didn’t it?

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Sure, The Jesus’ (John Turturro) hair net certainly stands out – in a confined sort of way – yet, it can’t help but be upstaged by Walter’s (John Goodman) clean-shaven chin-strapping goatee.  That thing is sweet, dude.  But not as sweet as Maude’s (Julianne Moore) pop-on Lego head of hair.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

“I don’t want Fop, goddamn it! I’m a Dapper Dan man!”  Yes you are, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney).  Yes you are.

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

If only I had known hair was capable of swooping and curving the way it does on Barber extraordinaire, Ed Crane’s (Billy Bob Thonton) head, I would have rocked it that way every day of my teen years – before I started balding, that is.  That thing is impeccable.

The Ladykillers (2004)

It’ best to write off my least favorite Coen Brothers movie by acknowledging that Joel and Ethan were both suffering from an awful bout of mustache madness while filming this.

No Country For Old Men (2007)

Who knew?  Salad bowl + scissors = one of the scariest cinematic villains ever.

Burn After Reading (2008)

Chad Feldheimer’s (Brad Pitt) highlighted hairdo is pretty enough to make any member of any boy bad bitterly jealous.

A Serious Man (2009)

Some people have all the luck.  For example, Judith Gopnik.  She gets to act in her first feature-film role in a Coen Brothers movie, and gets to don a poofy, late 1960s, lioness thingy atop her head while doing it.  Luck-eee.

True Grit (2010)

Matt Damon: Little girl, I do believe that those tightly woven braids are upstaging all of that received praise that you have garnered while acting aside such a stunning actor as myself.

Hailee Steinfeld: Well, I never!  I do declare, Matthew P. Damon, that those are mighty saucy words for a man – correction, for a boy – to spout off to a woman of superior intellect, such as myself, especially while wearing 3-day-old hat hair.


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