It's hard to tell if audiences really care about Professor X and Lex Luthor's transformation into bald characters. Or if it's just an easy talking point. Thus far, we have no clue how Jesse Eisenberg's super villain loses his luxurious locks in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but we know it happens at some point. The actor was revealed for the first time with a bald scalp. But in all the photos and video released since then, he has shaggy blonde hair. The same goes for Professor X. In the original movies, the aging Professor X played by Patrick Stewart in 2002's X-Men was introduced as bald. But when played by James McAvoy in the prequels, he's always had a healthy head of hair. The actor revealed early on that he would finally be loosing his 70s style hairdo in X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, we finally now how that happens.
James McAvoy recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show alongside co-star Daniel Radcliffe to promote their monster thriller Victor Frankenstein. Daniel Radcliffe's head was shaved to the scalp, and for good reason. He is currently shooting Imperium, where he plays an FBI agent infiltrating a group of Nazi skinheads. The subject of bald heads was broached. And James McAvoy got pulled into the conversation. This is what he had to say about going bald for X-Men: Apocalypse, a movie that takes place in 1983.
"He ends up going through something so horrible and painful that he literally half pulls his hair out half... it falls out."
Of course, the actors behind any blockbuster superhero movie are under contract not to talk about it. And it seems James McAvoy slipped up in revealing this much about the return of Professor X, who is now ten years older than when we last saw him in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He tries to backtrack in the interview, going onto say this.
"Maybe or maybe not! I just sh-t myself because I know, Fox Studios who own me might be angry with me for sharing that."
Right now, we're not sure what is so horrible and painful that it causes him to pull his hair out. But there's a chance that it's tied to the main villain, Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. This big blue mountain of evil is being touted as the very first and most powerful mutant to ever walk the earth. Having to face off against that is surely a stressful time in one's life.
Upon awakening after thousands of years, Apocalypse is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction. And even if they managed to save the world, we know that Xavier is not going to walk out of the madness with a full head of hair. What do you think? Are you excited to see Professor X pull all of his follicles out. Or were you hoping for a scene where all his hair falls out at once?