I will always have fond memories of Tom Hulce from the time he played the ne'er-do-well son in Parenthood, and of course from his seminal performance as Mozart in Amadeus -- a movie that brought us many wonderful things, but none so glorious as the Falco tune that encouraged him to rock us. I also enjoyed him in Stranger Than Fiction, and no one among us will soon forget that wrenching work in Shelley Duvall Presents: American Tall Tales and Legends: John Henry: The String of Colons That Would Not Stop: Nope, Not Yet: Okay, Now.
But his most surprising work lately has been his wacky achievements in cranial hair.
Not that there's anything wrong with getting older, or growing a beard. But it's hard not to look at this picture and think, "Wait, THAT is Tom Hulce? What happened? When did he become some kind of nutty professor being dragged to the premiere of a student film?" It doesn't appear to be for a movie, as we've been able to dredge up pictures indicating that he's been moving in this direction for a while now, and Jessica did just read something where he was complaining about his vast quantities of ear hair, so evidently Tom Hulce is having a bit of trouble finding an adept-enough personal grooming lackey. He could work it to his advantage, though, and hijack the Santa Clause franchise from Tim Allen. The fourth could be The Santa Clause: Dangling Participles, in which Santa teaches English at a small New Hampshire prep school and imparts lessons about love, lust, and language to a bunch of randy young boys while he makes them part of his secret toymaking society. Surely we can rustle up Haley Joel Osment for the Ethan Hawke -- er, "sensitive loner" role.
So come on, Tom Hulce. Don't fight the hair, if that's a losing battle. Instead, let's get it working for you and get you to working.