Vince Vaughn at Venice Film Festival for Hacksaw Ridge

Vince Vaughn Goes Bald for New Role Days After Appearing At Venice Film Festival

He is best known for movies that everybody loves to laugh at such as Wedding Crashers and The Internship. But 46-year-old Vince Vaughn is taking his roles more seriously and taking more serious roles of late. Entertainment Tonight reports that just days after appearing on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival with a full head of hair with Hacksaw Ridge co-stars, a new bald and “unrecognizable” Vince Vaughn has emerged in a candid shot in New York City.

Last week, Vince Vaughn appeared with his Hacksaw Ridge co-stars Hugo Weaving, Jacopo Raule, Franco Origlia, and director Mel Gibson on the red carpet of the Venice Film Festival. He’s seen on the red carpet here for the premiere of the movie, a movie about an army soldier who refuses to kill reports the Wall Street Journal.

The IMDb page for Hacksaw Ridge describes the movie as a biographical film, based on the real-life story of WWII Army Medic Desmond Doss. He served in the Battle of Okinawa, but, unlike other soldiers, “won the right” to work the front line without a weapon, reports the Wall Street Journal. The basis for Doss’ decision was religion, and he went to the front line to honor convictions in both his faith and his country, and in his religion the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Doss is pressured by his military commanders to leave the army if he won’t bear arms. He even receives a court martial and is jailed in the process, before going to the front line of the Battle of Okinawa without a rifle, as a medic.

It was a conviction that landed Doss a WWII Medal of Honor. The story has been attempted by producers for decades, it was Mel Gibson that secured the rights to direct it, in what the Wall Street Journal is touting as Mel Gibson’s comeback movie.

It’s also a reversal of roles for Vince Vaughn, who usually has his audience rolling in the aisles. But “Hacksaw Ridge” won’t leave anybody with laughter. Vaughn plays Doss’s army sergeant Sergeant Howell.

Vaughn is seen here just days ago, appearing on the red carpet with Hacksaw Ridge co-stars and director Mel Gibson.

While the role of Sergeant Howell will certainly leave audiences with the impression of a new man in Vince Vaughn, it is his new look and his new role that will seal that deal. Just days after appearing at the Venice Film Festival in Italy with a full head of hair, Vince Vaughn appeared taking a walk on the streets of New York with no hair at all reports Entertainment Tonight.

Entertainment Tonight refers to Vaughn as “completely unrecognizable,” and reaction from Twitter seems mixed. One viewer referred to the look as a “domestic terrorist” look. Others are saying the look has ruined their lifetime. Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says he likes the look.

Yahoo Movies reports that the look is not just a whim choice for Vaughn, but is another step in the direction of taking a more serious role, and taking his roles more seriously. Vaughn has shaved his head and gone completely bald, for his role in his upcoming new movie Brawl in Cell Block 99.

Yahoo Movies says the movie has Vaughn cast as a boxer whose life experiences some unfortunate turns of Fate when he loses his job and his wife around the same time. Feeling short of options, he turns to drug running. Upon doing so, he finds himself at the center of a brawl that includes the police and his drug friends referred to as “ruthless allies” by Deadline.

Vaughn’s character Bradley then ends up in prison, where he succumbs to prison societal pressures of violence. He winds up engaged in an epic prison brawl after a drug deal turns south.

Vince Vaughn stars in the action movie, alongside Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter. It is this film that he has shaved his entire head for, a sign that his acting career is taking a more serious turn.

Watch the trailer for “Hacksaw Ridge” here.

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[Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images]