Hollywood hasn’t seen the like of it since Robert de Niro piled on the pounds for Raging Bull in 1980: Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has been spotted filming his latest film Gold
packing 40 pounds of extra baggage around the midriff.
And while the media went ga-ga over his role-specific weight-gain (along with the prosthetic nose and false teeth), our attention is drawn to the top of the head of the former Sexiest Man Alive
and its outbreak of full-blown male pattern baldness.
Which set us thinking…
Is Matthew McConaughey really balding?
Digging through the archives, we found this article in the Mail Online
, written after filming of Gold, showing that he quite wisely had a full crop afterwards and lay low for a bit until it grew back. Judging by the pictures taken at an awards ceremony a year ago, he’s not showing a trace of male pattern baldness.
But then, we discovered a post on the Mens Hair Forum
that builds a pretty solid case for him having some work done in the past.
As the pics demonstrate – particularly a mugshot taken in 1999 after he was arrested for marijuana possession while playing the bongos naked
(in the privacy of his own home, we should add) – he was already deploying his trademark wavy hair in an attempt to cover up male pattern baldness.
All signs point to the following:
1. Yes, Matthew McConaughey, award-winning actor, heart throb and former Sexiest Man Alive, was suffering from male pattern baldness
in his early thirties
2. Yes, he did something about it – most likely a hair transplant
, although the MHB post also speculates on a possible Minoxidil and Propecia regime - at some point early last decade
3. Yes, he looks ridiculously good and natural with it, whatever it is he had done
4. And yes, he obviously doesn’t give a damn about it.