Ever thought about your favorite actor or actress to play the role of a barber or hair stylist in a Hollywood Blockbuster? Chances are you probably haven’t. So that’s why we’ve already thought about them for you. Some are funny, some are creepy and some have played the role on more than one occasion – really? Yep. Check out this list comprising several of Hollywood’s best…and maybe worst barbers and hair stylists to grace or disgrace the screen.
The Zohan (2008)
Adam Sandler stars as Zohan, an Israeli Special Forces Soldier who fakes his death? Why – so he can reemerge in New York City as a sexually revved hair stylist saving the world. Not your everyday plot but hey, that’s okay. Along the way you’ll laugh as Sandler struts around kicking you know what and taking names in cut off short shorts, a sleeveless t-shirt and a feathered hairdo that makes Fabio look like just got arrested by the fashion police.
Edward Scissor Hands (1990)
This cult hit helped spark the dynamic duo of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, as it pit Depp into the role of his career (next to Jack Sparrow) – an artificial man named Edward, who literally has scissors for hands. Although this movie is as weird as it is funny and heart-felt, it lands on our list because after Edward is taken in by a suburban family, he learns that maybe his scissor hands aren’t the worst thing after all. In fact, he starts putting them to use and becomes the most popular kid on the block – sculpting shrubbery and, yep you got it, cutting hair for the neighborhood’s house wives.
Although Barbershop has a well-known cast (Ice Cube, Eve… well, just read the movie poster below), none of the barbers stick out as much as Eddie (Cedrick the Entertainer). Why? Because the movie is obviously about a barber shop (couldn’t have guessed that right?) but throughout the whole movie he never so much cuts a single piece of hair. He plays a 60-plus-year-old barber who has paid his dues and doesn’t feel the need to cut, snip or shave any more hair in his lifetime. Did we mention that he’s constantly causing the majority of the laughs, too?
Coming to America (1988)
A classic comedy starring Eddie Murphy in several comedic roles including one scene where he plays two roles simultaneously – one as a scamming barber and one as Akim (the protagonist) as he seemingly gives himself a haircut. It’s a funny scene and Murphy really tries to encapsulate the over-the-top antics that would ensue at a local barber shop in New York City.
Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Well, Johnny Depp makes his second appearance on this list as he personifies the infamous barber/murderer, Sweeny Todd. Depp must just love incorporating sharp hair cutting utensils on set or maybe he’s contemplating opening his own barber shop on the side to go with his acting career. Anyways, Sweeny Todd finds itself in a paradox of cheery musical numbers contrasted by the gruesome plotline of this age old urban tale. Regardless, Depp plays a demon barber and hence he lands on the list…again.
The Barber (2001)
Following closely in the same sadistic sense of Sweeny Todd, Malcolm McDowell, like Depp, plays the role of a local barber and serial killer. Set in Alaska, the movie brings forth the concept of psychological darkness as it shows the interaction and relation between the mind of a psychopath and those of ordinary people.
What’s your favorite blockbuster barber movies?
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