Acting legend Jack Thompson, 80, debuts his impressive isolation beard on the Today show – as he reveals the reason behind his ‘caveman’ look
He’s one of the most significant figures of Australian cinema.
But on Friday, Jack Thompson looked almost unrecognisable during an interview with Channel Nine’s Today show.
The 80-year-old actor sported a long, scraggy beard and explained he was growing it for a movie that had recently been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New look: Aussie screen legend Jack Thompson unveiled his wild iso transformation during an interview on Channel Nine’s Today show on Friday
He added that there was still some hope the film might resume production, hence why he hadn’t shaved the beard off just yet.
‘The beard is being grown for a movie that was shutdown by COVID but we hope to see it come back,’ he said.
‘Shoulder length hair and an unkempt beard it says in the script. I’m still going.’
Jack also urged Australians to visit their local cinema and support the film industry, which has been devastated by the pandemic.
‘The beard is being grown for a movie’: Jack (pictured in 2013) revealed he had been growing his beard for his new movie but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
He said: ‘The government is cutting support for the industry at a time when we really most need it… We need that support right now.’
Jack’s interview comes after he revealed that he had narrowly missed out on the lead role in Schindler’s List, which eventually went to Liam Neeson.
The Steven Spielberg-directed film was released in 1994 and won seven Oscars.
‘We need that support right now’: Jack also urged Australians to visit their local cinemas and support the film industry, which has been affected by COVID
Appearing on Anh’s Brush With Fame, he said: ‘I’d done camera tests, shot a couple of scenes, and then did a whole afternoon with Spielberg.’
Jack said Steven then told him that he had to catch a flight to New York, but they’d sign the contracts when he returned on the Monday.
But while he was in New York, the legendary director met up with Liam and had a change of heart.
Role: Jack’s interview comes after the Australian actor revealed he narrowly missed out on the lead in Schindler’s List