Tom Hanks shows off 'horrible haircut' as he goes bald for new role

Raechal Shewfelt
·Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
Audiences are use to seeing Tom Hanks with hair. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Audiences are use to seeing Tom Hanks with hair. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Tom Hanks has a new look, but don’t expect too much. He’s warning you that it features a “horrible haircut.”

On the latest edition of Britain’s The Graham Norton Show, Hanks explained in a virtual interview that he’s shaved his head to play the part of Col. Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager, in director Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated biopic. Hanks dislikes the look so much that he wore a baseball cap for most of the conversation — one with the logo for his production company, Playtone Productions — and removed it only briefly. “Let me show you the horrible haircut I have to have,” Hanks said before doing so.

“I just scared the children,” Hanks joked. “I want to apologize for showing up.”

The News of the World star appeared on the show from Australia, where filming on the movie resumed in September. The production had shut down in March after Hanks was among the very first celebrities to go public with a COVID-19 diagnosis. Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, both reported feeling OK after being briefly hospitalized with the coronavirus.

Hanks previously flashed his shaved head stateside on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. During an interview earlier this month, he explained that he’d had to go under the razor and don a series of wigs in order to portray Presley’s longtime manager, who Hanks described as “both a genius and a scoundrel.” The actor joked that the actors playing the gorillas in Planet of the Apes spent less time in the makeup chair than he did.

Col. Tom Parker and Elvis Presley appear together in this undated photo from the '50s or '60s. (Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns)
Col. Tom Parker and Elvis Presley appear together in this undated photo from the '50s or '60s. (Photo: GAB Archive/Redferns)

The Presley movie is now scheduled to be released in November 2021. Hanks will star alongside Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’s Austin Butler, who plays the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

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