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Oh Hugh! We do love you, but you don’t always love us. At least not early in your career. And especially not your hair. Case in point — not one, but two supremely crappy historical costume movies where someone in the hair-styling department just couldn’t figure out WTFrock to do with Hugh Grant’s hair. Actually, the costumes aren’t that great either. Let’s face it, Hugh Grant before 1990 was pretty tragic in frock flicks, Maurice (1987) being the only exception because, y’know, Merchant Ivory.
For Snark Week, we’ll take a two-fer of Hugh Grant’s first historical failures…
Rowing With the Wind (1988) – Lord Byron
Tragic hair in a truly terrible movie. I’m something of a connoisseur of these awful retellings of the Byron / Shelley relationship, and I have to say the only good thing about this one is that it semi-accurately paints both poets as the self-involved assholes they probably were. But who wants to watch that, especially with hair this bad and costumes this weak? The women get occasionally OK outfits, but nothing stunning, and the locations aren’t much of a thrill either.
Hugh Grant’s hair starts out as what is probably his own basic 1980s hairstyle and then it gets longer and shaggier. You could say it’s byronic, but that would stretch the definition of the word beyond recognition.
The Lady and the Highwayman (1989) – Lord Lucius Vyne
This TV movie was based on a Barbara Cartland romance novel, and if that doesn’t scare you away, Hugh Grant’s mullet will. The women’s costumes are quite nice for 17th century (an era that can be easy to fuck up on screen), although everyone has 1980s makeup. Yet the women and all the men EXCEPT for Grant are wearing basically historical wigs. So the two options are that a) it’s Hugh Grant’s own hair (maybe an unfortunate trim after the last movie?), or b) Hugh Grant is wearing a mullet-wig (please do not tell me such things exist). There’s really no excuse.
Sigh Good costumes or bad, there is not escape from the crappy ’80s hair Hugh Grant displays in these frock flicks. Just gotta wait it out until Impromptu.
Are you a Hugh Grant fan? Are you still one after seeing these hair tragedies?