Costume design is tricky. When it's done well, it often flies under the radar; you're just seeing well-dressed characters. On the other hand, bad costume design can really distract from a movie or TV show, and there may be no greater fashion faux-pas than cheesy wigs. There are probably a handful that immediately jump to the forefront of your mind. Characters who wear bad wigs steal the show, and never in a good way.
What's the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions Swordfish? Okay, well maybe the second thing with that particular movie, but it's John Travolta's hair. Eleven's wig on Stranger Things was explicitly a wig, but it was still rough. Bad wigs can easily become a punching bag for any project, so it's particularly head-scratching that they seem to happen so often – and to otherwise nicely dressed characters, too.
Here are some of the worst wigs on TV and in movies. Don't try any of these looks at home.
Taylor Lautner's New Moon Wig Was Pretty Offensive
Jacob's (Taylor Lautner) luscious locks look laughable in The Twilight Saga: New Moon. In this installment of Hollywood whitewashing, Lautner was given a tan and an eight-foot-long wig to convince the audience that he's of Native American descent. It did not work. The wig can be described with one appropriate word: woof.
Bruce Willis Got To Have Hair In Surrogates
Greer's (Bruce Willis) 'do in Surrogates would have been more at home on one of Ralphie's classmates from A Christmas Story. He looked like Dennis the Menace. Or Owen Wilson. Regardless, it was a terrible look made even worse by everyone's mental picture of Willis's famous cue ball head.
Who Knew Ross Geller Was The Ghost Rider?
Considering that Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) in Ghost Rider regularly lost his hair when his head transformed into a flaming skull, it seems like a curious decision to give him a full Harry Potter mop when he's in human mode. The crew really just gave themselves a lot more work than was necessary.
Terrible Thing About Jumper #37: Samuel L. Jackson's Hair Piece
Samuel L. Jackson has been in somewhere around 10,000 movies, and as such has played his fair share of villains. Usually directors just let him be bald, so why would he need a silver wig to play the villainous Roland in Jumper? It does not make him more menacing. It just makes him look more like Sisqó.