Growing up, I used to love watching the historical biblical epics that old Hollywood churned out. “The Ten Commandments”—which is shown every year on Palm Sunday (tomorrow)—starring Charlton Heston as Moses (below) was a classic.
Charlton’s Moses was fashioned to be more of a “deliverer” than a devastator. But his long bewigged locks though full, still didn’t sit comfortably upon his head in my view.
But I was also drawn to a darker and even more muscular actor in these types of films whose longer and curly hair evoked the period, but also his strength. Of course, I am referring to the actor Victor Mature—in particular for his role as Samson in the movie “Samson and Delilah” (below, with Hedy Lamarr starring as Delilah). The tale itself—of god bestowed gifts of strength compromised by the betrayal of the woman (Hedy Lamarr as Delilah) he loved and her spitefulness—is a classic unrequited love story. And the hair here was more subtlely incorporated into the actor’s own hair—lending it a greater feel of realness, and therefore greater authenticity.
And does that betrayal by a woman love interest ring any Twelfth Century bells? Perhaps, a dashing knight with pretensions toward power, wealth, prestige to win the affections of the lady he loves comes to mind? Well if the talented British actor Richard Armitage’s portrayal of Sir Guy of Gisborne’s magnificent manly specimen in body and longish hair (below) were not enough to convince the obtuse Lady Marian portrayed by Lucy Griffiths) of Sir Guy’s worthiness, then that girl doesn’t deserve him.
And to prove that point, after the writer’s had Sir Guy kill off Lady Marian in Season 2, because I am convinced that they felt killing off a woman character and giving her love interest Sir Guy fodder for greater angst was more tantalizing than merely allowing Lady Marian to find a better marriage match with a man who might value her as more than as a possession than either Sir Guy or Robin Hood were capable of doing. And Sir Guy pitiably moped around tormentedly for his great sin of killing that which he loved. Notice the long straggly haired Sir Guy below, framing a face infused with such remorsefulness, “My Life is hell! He tells Robin, begging his enemy to kill him). And Sir Guy’s scraggly dirty hair here just begs to be washed by loving hands who will give him a soothing scalp massage as well.
Yet later in Season three, Sir Guy came back revitalized as a glorious creation of manly prowess and bearing, oozing confidence (below)—with now effortlessly styled hair and accentuating leather shoulder pads on his already impressive shoulders that gave him even more charismatic appeal. Though not blessed by the gods, Sir Guy had the Regent of the realm’s patronage—which in the Middle Ages was quite something– to do the sovereign’s bidding, with the promise for great rewards, that of punishing his enemy Sherrif Vasey whom Sir Guy believed was truly responsible for the events that lead to Lady Marian’s death. And once again, though a part of the whole of Sir Guy’s visual costuming, his longish hair was coiffed to perfection. And the era of Richard Armitage hair extensions for a role was born!
And only in the still yet to be seen in the U.S. role of Richard Armitage portraying disaffected social worker Chop in “Urban and the Shed Crew” (2015), does a Richard Armitage character have the best stylist’s blow out (below).
And yet for all of Charlton Heston’s bewigged mop of hair, Victor Mature’s curly haired broad shouldered he man hunkiness—and for Sir Guy’s layered locks paired with tautly rendered abdominals appeal, or even Chop’s anguished blowout—“there is one whom I could follow, one whom I could call king.”
For in Richard Armitage’s award winning portrayal of JRR Tolkien’s tragic yet triumphant Middle Earth Dwarven King Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy of films, that we find the harmonious blending of masculine muscularity, dignity and bearing, and oh such a wonderful mane of hair! Below are just a sampling of those luscious Thorin locks courtesy of RANet from a collage I had created for an earlier post!
With hair this long and wavy and thick, and majestic hair and physicality, Richard Armitage as King Thorin Oakenshield (below courtesy of Fortescue tumblr) wins the hair wars and hunk wars for me. Samson who? *THUD*
I hope you have a lovely weekend!