LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Michael Douglas attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Michael Douglas' Character In Falling Down All Came From The Hair
Some elements of Joel Schumacher’s 1993 action movie “Falling Down” have not aged well. However, regardless of how you feel about the flick, Michael Douglas puts in a compelling performance as William Foster, a man who can no longer handle the mundanity and fruitlessness of his life.
According to Douglas in his own 1993 interview, a lot of his understanding of the character originated from a suggestion by the hairdresser on the movie's set. The saying "the haircut makes the man" may not ring very true in everyday life, but in movies, it's basically the law, and the William Foster character in "Falling Down" is no exception.
Douglass said the hairdresser's suggestion finally gave him a sense of the character, saying, "the haircut came and all of a sudden the whole character came together. I had a sense of somebody of this military background, maybe he'd been in the service at one time. Somebody who worked in the defense industry.”