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‘Look at that thing!’ Bald Tom Hanks shows off his ‘horrible haircut’ for Elvis Presley movie

Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY Published 8:09 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2020 | Updated 8:31 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2020CLOSE Tom Hanks stars as a Texas storyteller who takes on a young 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) during his travels in the Western ‘News of the World.’ USA TODAYTom Hanks is giving his all for his next project,…

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Published 8: 09 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2020 | Updated 8: 31 p.m. ET Dec. 30, 2020

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Tom Hanks stars as a Texas storyteller who takes on a young 10-year-old girl (Helena Zengel) during his travels in the Western ‘News of the World.’

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Tom Hanks is giving his all for his next project, director Baz Luhrmann’s movie about Elvis Presley.

Hanks, 64, has even shaved his head to play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, a look which the chagrined actor showed off on “The Graham Norton Show” Tuesday.

“Let me show you the horrible haircut I have to have in order to portray Colonel Tom Parker,” Hanks said, speaking remotely from Australia. He pulled off a baseball cap. “Check out this horrible … Can you see that? Look at that thing!”

Sure enough, Hanks’ haircut did cause the studio audience to groan in sympathy.

“I just scared the children,” Hanks said, speaking about the television audience. “I want to apologize for showing that.”

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Hanks showed off a different version of the look during his opening monologue for “Saturday Night Live” in April. At the time, he said his hair was growing back after he had shaved it. “It does save time in the shower, so maybe we should all do it,” Hanks joked during the monologue.

For Luhrmann’s still untitled film, actor Austin Butler won a worldwide search to portray the young Presley. Butler’s Presley has not been unveiled.

Production on the big-budget film was halted in March when Hanks and wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for COVID-19. The couple were the first major Hollywood names to test positive for the highly infectious disease. Their Australian quarantine was major news, with the duo updating concerned fans on Instagram.

Hanks said he had “some body aches and was very fatigued” during medical isolation in the air-pressurized hospital room. Wilson had more serious symptoms.

The actor has been an outspoken advocate for COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing and wearing a mask, and donated his plasma to coronavirus research.

Hanks has resumed production as Parker and currently stars in the drama “News of the World.”

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