Scene Stealer: ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’
After nearly 20 years, should an icon remain unchanged or keep up with the times?
That wasn’t just fodder for hypothetical pondering to Karen Asano-Myers, who was charged with whipping Indiana Jones’ hair into shape. When it comes to one of the most beloved characters ever, audiences have strong ideas about what becomes a legend most -- if Asano-Myers didn’t choose the right cut, would fans be outraged?
Such fears led to discussions of darkening Ford’s hair to keep him more the way he looked in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” but that was nixed. “Harrison wanted Indy to reflect the passage of time,” says Asano-Myers. But picking the right ‘do meant an archeological dig through pictures, plus some wild conjecture: Should Indy return as a ‘50s greaser?
“That style didn’t follow from his ‘30s look,” Asano-Myers says. “Instead, I just cut and styled as close to a 1950s haircut as possible to keep the feel of the character from the earlier films. It was a collaborative effort between the two of us,” she says of her work with Ford.
Although she has coiffed many famous heads, it wasn’t until she saw the finished film that Asano-Myers -- a lifelong Indy fan -- could relax and enjoy her work. “It’s been a great adventure,” she says. “Holy smoke, what a ride!”
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