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by Bill Chambers
According to Merriam-Webster, it is "the act, process, or result of cutting and shaping the hair." Maybe the definition should be expanded to account for the transmogrifying impact a haircut can have on public perception of the vehicle for a fictional character. I encountered my own follicular prejudices when I went to see Lethal Weapon 4 and found myself even more put off by the absence of Martin Riggs's signature mullet than by the film's idiotic script, abject racism, and incongruous delivery-room hijinks--none of which were quite so indicative of Richard Donner's undisciplined direction as his electing to leave Mel Gibson's 'do as short as it always is outside the Lethal Weapon franchise. Perhaps we can trace this back to the Sunday funnies: imagine how disconcerting it would be if Ziggy or Charlie Brown suddenly had hair. With the ingratiation of comic books, motion pictures, and television in the latter half of the twentieth century, our escapist figures got deported from the realm of imagination; transmuted into visual icons, they consequently became far less malleable.