If there’s anything the 2000’s have taught Hollywood, it should be this: America likes our action heroes Bald. British Bald Jason Statham has racked up an impressive stream of moneymakers, while established actors like Will Smith and Bruce Willis found their biggest audiences in years with Bald-centric actioneers.
This wasn’t always the case.
Balds couldn’t take these negative stereotypes lying down. Taking a cue from their African-American brothers, Balds in the 1970’s produced gritty Baldsploitation filmmaking that showed Balds could not only play Leads, but be just as heroic, badass, and sexual as their Haired counterparts. But their budgets were no match for a Hair–obsessed Hollywood, and despite their valiant efforts, Balds would spend the next thirty years continuing to play clowns, freaks, and Nazis.
And then in 2001, the world changed forever.
A Breakthrough Bald arrived who shattered Hollywood’s glass ceiling. A Bald who broke the unwritten rule that action stars must have Hair, no matter how fake.
His name was Mark Sinclair Vincent. But the world knows him better as Vin Diesel.
2001’s “The Fast And The Furious” is a landmark film in Bald Culture. In a vein similar to “The Defiant Ones” before it, “TFATF” tells the story of a Haired man forced by circumstance into an uneasy friendship with a Bald man, and how it opens the Haired man’s mind and changes his worldview.
Paul Walker plays the penultimate Hair, his blond highlit locks glowing with privilege and entitlement, who goes undercover to arrest his Bald target. But once they meet, he finds that Balds aren’t so different from Hairs after all… in fact, he could probably learn a thing or two from them.
As the Bald Dom Torreto, Vin Diesel knows his way around an engine (and a woman). And when the time comes for Paul Walker to bring him in, the hesitant Hair can’t bring himself to do it. He lets his Bald brother ride off into freedom rather than turn him over to a corrupt system that would put him away just for the smoothness of his scalp.
The critically-acclaimed film became an out-of-nowhere blockbuster that suggested relations between Hairs and Balds had mellowed from previous generations. The studio heads took notice, and with dollar signs in their eyes, they decided to make a big bet on Bald.
Adopting the formula of the Baldsploitation movies he saw as a boy, and adding a huge studio budget behind it, Vin Diesel created a Bald uberhero for the Mountain Dew generation in an attempt to cement his legacy as The Bald Stallone. It worked. When the receipts came in, the new reality was official: “xXx” made $$$, and suddenly Bald equaled Box Office.
And for a glorious and short-lived moment, Vin Diesel was on top of the world.
The Hairs wouldn’t let him stay there for long.
The pressure of surviving as a Bald man in a Haired industry did not leave Diesel unscathed. Baldism was alive and well in Tinseltown, and Diesel’s success only stoked the flames in the hearts of his Haired haters.
The campaign to destroy him began. They started inexplicable rumors that he was gay. They convinced the industry that he was overhyped. And they dumped him from the “Furious” sequel when he asked to be paid the same amount as Haired action stars. After some years in the wilderness, with a string of flops and misfires culminating in the nadir of “Find Me Guilty” (where a desperate and confused Diesel succumbed to wearing a hairpiece), Diesel learned a valuable lesson: “dance with the ones who brung ‘ya'”. In 2009’s “Fast and Furious”, he returned to form in the role that made him a star… and proved to Hollywood that Balds mean business.
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