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Every haircut Robert Pattinson has had in a film, ranked

R-Patz is a man of many talents, and so is his barnet. As he returns with spooling golden locks in The King, Hanna Flint ranks his every film lewk since he first hit our screens

Arguably one of the finest actors of his generation, Robert Pattinson has worked pretty damn hard over the past couple of decades, through both studio films and indie flicks, to cement his place as a bona fide Hollywood star. Talented? Yes. But his hair has played just as crucial a role in making him a star.

From the wizarding world of Harry Potter to the battlefield of 15th-century England, New York in the Fifties to the far reaches of outer space, the British actor’s coif has gone on as much of a cinematic journey as his film roles.

Now with the release of The King on Netflix this week, it’s time to celebrate that fact by looking back at R-Patz’s hair story and, though I am loathe to suggest there has ever been a bad look (it is art, I tell you!), definitively rank 15 of his most memorable.

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15. Good Time (2017)

I’m pretty sure there are no hair tutorials teaching you how to achieve Rob’s hair in Good Time. If anything, there’s probably some articles on how to avoid it. In the Safdie brothers’ low-budget crime drama, he plays Connie, a bank robber on the run with his developmentally disabled brother. In a bid to escape detection he bleaches his mop of brown hair to terrible effect. The actor said, “They changed my hair colour so many times that some of my hair fell out,” so it’s really no wonder he shaved it all off for his next film.

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14. Little Ashes (2008)

One of three of his movies to be released in 2008, Robert played the role of Salvador Dali in this moody biopic about the Surrealist painter during the unrest of pre-Spanish Civil War. He dyed his hair blackish brown for the role and when it’s slicked back it doesn’t look half bad. Sexy, some might say, but without the gel it descends into awkwardly flat territory that is rather less impressive than his character’s artwork. Still, he nailed the infamous Dali moustache.

13. How To Be (2008)

In his first leading role, Pattinson plays Art, a guitar-playing graduate going through a quarter-life crisis, and he definitely got the mop of hair to match. Apparently, the actor was banned from cutting his hair in between casting and shooting the indie flick so, as filmmaker Oliver Irving explained, they could “give him the most awkward haircut we possibly could”. Looking like he’s about to lose Best New Artist at the Kerrang! Awards, Pattinson’s bowl cut is proof they succeeded.

12. Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire (2005)

Cedric Diggory was the role that really gave audiences an inkling R-Patz was on his way to becoming a firm fixture on teenage girls’ bedroom walls across the world. That thick, dirty blond hairdo was the perfect fit for the Hufflepuff champion and love rival to Harry Potter. However, it did err on the Hermione side of bushy and needed a bit of tidying up at the side, but maybe that’s why Cedric is so charming and accessible. RIP to our sweet champion.

11. The Lighthouse (2019)

This might be one of Pattinson’s most batshit crazy and brilliant roles but his hairdo isn’t really something to write home about. Though the black-and-white filter makes it hard to see, it’s pretty dishevelled, though not in a cool way. More in the “I’m stuck on a rock with a seemingly crazy dude and I have bigger fish to fry” way. It’s no wonder he wears a hat most of the time, and he certainly wears it well.

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10. Bel Ami (2012)

While Robert Pattinson’s titular hero ditches the moustache mentioned in the 1885 book, his hair does somewhat match the description laid out by author, Guy de Maupassant. In the film, Georges Duroy’s hair is a bit wavy, though not quite so “naturally wavy”, which is weird considering Rob’s hair is pretty damn wavy when it wants to be. It is, however, “parted in the middle”. But that doesn’t do much for him, nor does the sheer amount of grease applied to it.

9. The Childhood Of A Leader (2015)

Pattinson has sported plenty of period hairstyles but this one isn’t quite as dashing. It’s not the darker colour – he proved how good he looks with brown locks the same year in Life – but it’s the boxy shape that makes his face look a bit too square. Even with the medium-length beard as journalist Charles Marker, he can’t avoid a wimpish bearing. Later, when playing his second role of Prescott, there isn’t much of an improvement. In fact, it’s arguably worse.

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8. Maps To The Stars (2014)

In his second collaboration with David Cronenberg, Pattinson goes from being driven around in limos to driving them himself as Jerome, who also happens to be a struggling actor and screenwriter. In a way, Jerome’s haircut matches his life: both are in a transitional phase of not knowing quite what they are yet. It looks like Rob is growing out a buzz cut and the short length on top doesn’t really provoke the same adoration as his longer, more voluptuous styles.

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7. Water For Elephants (2011)

There’s something rather all-American about Rob’s hair as Jacob, a 23-year-old circus vet, in this romantic drama. It’s a bit more blond than we’re used to seeing, the length has been trimmed down a lot, both on top but more on the sides, and there’s a slight curl of fringe hair that tickles his forehead as he tries to woo Reese Witherspoon. There’s a boyish charm to it that suits the wide-eyed 23-year-old character, one that seems to actually spend some time in the sun too.

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6. The Lost City Of Z (2016)

This is Robert Pattinson at his most East London hipster. As Twenties explorer Henry Costin he looks like he makes furniture out of driftwood, brews his own beer and plays the harpsichord on Sundays at his local vegan cafe. On its own, the long-on-top, soft brown hair would be a bit meh, but with that thick chunk of a beard attached it becomes a pretty strong lewk, especially when it’s slicked back and a few strands of hair dangle across his forehead. Noice.

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5. Cosmopolis (2012)

Funnily enough, the plot of Cronenberg and Pattinson’s first feature revolved around him trying to get a haircut. Not that his character, Eric Packer, really needed one; he sports a soft, side-parted, brush-back do with short sideburns that made him look every bit the suave billionaire. It was a refreshing change from Edward Cullen, whose tousled locks were becoming less inspiring with every new movie, and showed he was ready to move on and away from the teen vampire series that made him a household name.

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4. Life (2015)

As James Dean, Dane DeHaan was the one rocking a sizeable coif in this Fifties-set biopic about the actor’s short-lived friendship with a young photographer. As said photographer, Pattinson opted for a more sedate-yet-slick look. Shorter than in Cosmopolis but longer than in Maps To The Stars, the dark brown colour managed to not wash him out but add an aura of maturity to the former YA heartthrob.

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3. High Life (2018)

It’s pretty unfair that Robert Pattinson looks as good with a shaved head as he does with a full barnet, but here he is, in Claire Denis’ space drama, rocking a buzz cut better than most of his peers. Maybe it’s the mix of his character, Monte, being both a convicted criminal and a doting father that makes this look work for him. A haircut that says, “I’m vulnerable but I will smash your face to smithereens if you test me.” All in all, a clean, simple and cool way to go.

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2. The King (2019)

We bow down to the beauty that is Rob’s wig in Netflix’s new historical epic. A majestic weave for a majestic figure, the British actor plays the Dauphin of France, who is getting right on young British monarch Hal’s nerves. It does seem rather unfair to put Timothée Chalamet’s laughable bowl cut up against Rob’s luscious, sun-kissed lob, but c’est la vie, I guess. All we can say is that it gives Rob the sex appeal of a surfer sizing up his next barrel and we are very much here for it.

1. Twilight (2008)

In the immortal words of Regina George (and Cady Heron), Robert Pattinson’s hair as teen vampire Edward Cullen looked damn sexy pushed back. But his bronzed barnet was more than that: it was volumised, tousled and whipped into a glorious frenzy that secured the actor’s international heart-throb status. As the movie franchise progressed, his hair got tidier and shorter, sadly, which meant it lost its original wild appeal. Still, one can never forget the ruffled spirit of that first Cullen coif and we continue to stan it a decade later.

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