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Sun, Feb. 24th, 2008, 06:54 pm
Killer blowout

I hope No Country For Old Men wins Best Picture tonight. In the meantime, ever wonder what's up with the character Anton's hair? In this video from the Independent Film Channel, the mystery is solved. Here's part of the conversation:

JOEL COEN: The idea for the hair for Javier's character was the result of a photograph that we saw of man in -- you know Tommy I think it might have been in that book you told us to look at, that Bill Witliff --

TOMMY LEE JONES: Yeah, whorehouse souvenir photos.

JOEL COEN: It was a man sitting in a bar in a border town whorehouse in 1979 who had that haircut and very similar clothes to what Javier wore in the movie.

Javier's hair was styled by Hollywood hair god Paul LeBlanc . . .

. . .  who was asked by the Coen brothers for something "strange and unsettling." He delivered. LeBlanc is now back in his hometown of Dieppe in New Brunswick, Canada, where he's opened up his own salon. If you're feeling like you need a killer new 'do (get it? hahaha), here's the link to Studio Paul LeBlanc.

Here's the book that inspired the coiff, edited by Bill Witliff, available on Amazon. Too bad there's no picture anywhere of the hair's inspiration.

Mon, Feb. 25th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Book, Book

Not that I don't love your blog, but your supposed to be working on your book. I want to be the first on line for that signing and telling everybody I knew you when.


Mon, Feb. 25th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
memetician: Re: Book, Book

yeah yeah I am. I had a chapter critiqued at my writing workshop this past saturday. it's coming along.

Tue, Feb. 26th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Hey I have this book

I'm trying to figure out who which pic inspires the coif. Theres one guy with the jean jacket a bit more portly than Javier.

Tue, Feb. 26th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)

Dear Mystery Commenter,

I wrote to the hairstylist Paul after I wrote this blog to compliment him on that perfect psycho hairstyle he concocted. He told me that the photo the Coens showed him was of a guy with a similar cut, but it's shorter on the sides. Look for that guy. I wish I could see it too.

This whole Javier haircut fascinates me so much that I'd like to do a documentary on it. Seriously.

Tue, Feb. 26th, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): It's a typical 70's hairstyle, that's all.

Gee, it looks a LOT like the haircut I had in 1971. I have a picture somewhere..from that it went to shoulder length parted in the middle with BIG full side of face sideburns. YOW!


Tue, Feb. 26th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
memetician: Gee, your hair smells bloggerific

Dude, email it to me. That I must see.

Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Re: Gee, your hair smells bloggerific

I'll up it tonight feb 27 PST

Yeah it's got to be this guy, He's wearing the same jacket as Chigur's ....

I was watching a TV interview about the haircut and they mentioned that they found the reference pic from a book of 1970's bordertown whorehouses !! Then I said to myself, hey I have a book on 1970's bordertown whorehouses, it must be the same one!!

Then I did some googling and found this journal!!

Wed, Feb. 27th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
memetician: Re: Gee, your hair smells bloggerific

Thanks, anonymous.

Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Boystown pics

OK here's the pics, if I can't post them here, just copy the image from the link or grab the link address..

Here's my numero uno, it took me awhile to find him, because I was looking for a very similar haircut, then I saw the jean jacket and thought ok !!


Runner up/Dark horse


Not this guy :)


Here's the sleepy border guard:



Thu, Feb. 28th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
memetician: Re: Boystown pics

Yeah, it's probably the first guy. The third guy is SO repulsive, as verified by the 14 year old hooker's facial expression. Yuck! What a subculture of weirdness.

Thanks for posting them, by the way.

Fri, Sep. 5th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Javier Bardem's haircut

Hello out there;
This is Paul LeBlanc who created the hairstyle for Javier Bardem in No country for old men.
There is a story behind the look. If you want more contact me @
leblanchwd 2gmail.com
Thank you;
Paul Lc.