Friday, Apr. 02, 2010

All Hail Michael Douglas

In 1969, a man was paid $1,000 to cut a then 24-year-old Michael Douglas' hair, but Douglas didn't foot the bill. The actor — who in those pre–Gordon Gekko days was still just Kirk Douglas' son — had grown out his hair for his motion-picture debut role in Hail, Hero! As a plot twist in the antiestablishment film, the teen-idol hero gets his locks chopped off by his movie father, Arthur Kennedy, who earned $1,000 (the equivalent of roughly $6,000 today) for filming the scenes.

Douglas, "shorn and forlorn," was reportedly unhappy that it would take at least six months to grow his hair back, but he won a Golden Globe nomination as Most Promising Newcomer for the role. And that's nothing to snip at.