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How Dana Hologrsen inspired (part of) a major motion picture

See that photo above? Notice anything familiar?

Obviously that's the face of Matthew McConaughey. But we're not focusing on the face here. Look at his hair.

McConaughey "grew" that hairstyle to get into character for the upcoming film Gold, which tells the story of McConaughey's Kenny Wells, a middling businessman who discovers a literal gold mine and his fight therein to hold on to what he discovered. The movie is inspired by a true story, and so is the hairstyle:

Holgo hair

From the Austin American-Statesman:

But what really jumps out at you is his hair, a comb-over with that sort of half-halo thing about the back that some men get. It is … not the most flattering look. It is extremely unexpected to see on a movie star.

So where did it come from?

“My dad was always around a lot of guys who looked like Kenny,” McConaughey said in an interview. “They were great consumers of life — whatever they could eat, drink, smoke, kiss and slobber on, they did it.”

He pauses. “But you know where it really came from? I haven’t told anyone else this. I went to the hair lady, said, ‘It’s this guy’s hair,’ and handed her a picture of Dana Holgorsen,” McConaughey said, laughing uproariously.

Gold, starring Dana Holgorsen's hair, hits theaters Friday.