Colin Farrell didn’t wash his hair while filming The Beguiled to make his character look more “real”.
The Irish actor stars in Sofia Coppola’s new period drama as John McBurney, a soldier who is taken in by members of a Virginia girls’ school after being injured during the U.S. Civil War.
French hairstylist Odile Gilbert took charge of the cast’s locks, having previously worked with Sofia on her 2006 movie Marie Antoinette, and has spoken about how she gave Colin an authentic appearance.
“For Colin, I told him, you’re a soldier, you’ve been injured in battle, I think it’s better not to wash your hair, to let it be messy, so it would look real,” she told W Magazine. “Well, he could rinse it with a little conditioner, but it couldn’t look too clean.”
As for the female stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst, Odile noted she avoided using too much product in order to give their hair a “humidified” finish.
Kirsten, who played the title role in Marie Antoinette, wore braids pinned back, a style which the blonde actress felt reflected her teacher character’s personality accurately.
“I was definitely the most uptight-looking because Edwina doesn’t have any self-confidence; she hasn’t blossomed, which is sad for someone who is older,” she recently told Vogue.com.