Kiefer Apologises For Mullet Popularisation

Kiefer Apologises For Mullet Popularisation

Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire movie “The Lost Boys” was a classic for a whole generation, and brought numerous actors in it to people’s attention – including the film’s villain Kiefer Sutherland.

The “24” actor played David, the leader of the fanged pack whose most memorable feature was his hair – a rather shocking white mullet which Schumacher himself was not a fan of. The director wanted the David character to have long white hair, a style you could also get away with in the 1980s without issue as it was common enough.

But that wasn’t the look Sutherland was going for, the actor telling Yahoo recently that he wanted to emulate a certain iconic rock star and the final hairdo he ended up with was a compromise that he’s still profoundly sorry for:

“(Director) Joel Schumacher wanted me to have long hair, and I had long hair at the time and then he wanted it white, a timeless kind of thousand-year-old look. So I dyed it white and my hair was like normally long, like long everywhere. And I just looked like a wrestler! I hated it. And I just thought, ‘That’s awful.’ And Billy Idol had just come out… and he looked cool. I mean, he just looked badass. And so I thought, ‘Well, he’s got white hair. That could look really cool.’ But Joel wanted my hair long. And so I actually think I might’ve been responsible, or at least partially responsible, for creating the mullet. And for that, I’ll apologize to the death.”

Mullets grew in popularity in the 1970s thanks to certain rock stars like Rod Stewart, but it was in the 1980s when the look started to be sported by gearheads and rebellious teens, and Sutherland’s look in the film may have legitimately impacted its spread. One thing he won’t apologise for with the film though is its famous soundtrack which boasted the likes of INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Roger Daltrey covering Elton John, Echo and the Bunnymen covering The Doors and Gerard McMann’s signature “Cry Little Sister” theme:

“Stylistically it [the film] made a real imprint at the time and it has stood the test of time, and that’s a real tribute to Joel Schumacher. The soundtrack too was really innovative, and it was trying to teach the film industry that music can help you not only make your film great, but it can help you sell it and it can work as a partner with you. And that was a really exciting time.”

Sutherland also lamented a cut scene from the film which was incredibly violent and involved David attacking a bald guy on a beach and “I ate the whole back of his head off and blood just went everywhere. I had been directed to just smile like a child having cake.”