Jack Black Just Shaved His Head And Beard – And Fans Can’t Believe The Drastic Transformation

Jack Black has had many a memorable role in his near 30-year Hollywood career. Some will remember him best from School of Rock, a comedy that solidified his image. In it, the actor sported long hair and dramatic sideburns, and he’s mostly maintained a similar style in the years since. Until, that is, August 2020.

At that time, the actor took to his YouTube channel to share a surprising video. It isn’t unusual for Black to share homemade clips like this one – he and his sons had already earned a following for the videos they’d posted on the site, as well as the popular app TikTok.

And fans who watched those videos had grown used to Black’s signature style. In the months leading up to his shocking 2020 clip, he’d let his hair and beard become even wilder. His locks now touched his shoulders, in fact, and his frizzy beard grew in myriad gray hues.

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However, just seconds into the YouTube clip that Black shared in August 2020, it became clear that the rocker-esque look he’d long sported would be no more. Indeed, the actor made a stunning transformation that left fans astonished – he looked nothing like his normal, hairy self.

Instead, Black so transformed his looks that viewers were shocked by what they saw. Some said that they wanted to emulate this new, unexpected style. Others couldn’t believe how much younger he looked, although the star was 50 years old at the time.

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But what could Black have done to transform his appearance so drastically that he looked like a younger version of himself? Place your bets now – you probably won’t guess what the School of Rock actor and long-time musician did to his signature long locks and scruffy beard.

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Jack Black’s rocker looks have been his signature for years – and it makes sense that he’s gone with such a scruffy style for so long. The funnyman has fronted the comedy-rock band Tenacious D since the 1990s, releasing studio albums and touring the planet with collaborator Kyle Gass.

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Black made his Hollywood breakthrough in the year 2000, when he let go of his rocker persona to play a pompous record-shop worker in the movie High Fidelity. In that film, the actor had hair just past his ears, with swooping bangs that hung over half of his forehead.

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This shorter cut gave way to an on-screen look with which most people will associate Black. That came from the 2003 flick School of Rock, in which he played Dewey Finn, a failed musician whose band-mates jettison him from their group. He then finds work as a substitute teacher and persuades his pupils to play rock music.

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In School of Rock, Black’s hair was a bit longer and thicker than it had been in High Fidelity. To match his shoulder-length rocker locks, the actor sported lengthy, rectangular sideburns. And all of this made him look the part he played, both on- and off-screen.

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Clint Morris interviewed Black for the website MovieHole ahead of the release of School of Rock, and he described just how well the actor fit the visual requirements of such a role. The journalist wrote, “[He] looks more than the part of a disheveled rock star.”

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Morris then highlighted Black’s scruffy appearance – and the star’s chilled-out persona to match. He wrote, “From the five o’clock shadow to his weary body language, it’s not hard to imagine the musician-cum-actor strumming it on stage with electric guitar in one hand and fist of vehemence in the other.”

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In the same interview, Black admitted that he wanted to ditch his reputation as a rocker, in spite of his looks and musically inspired track record. He said, “I’ve got to do the Tenacious D movie and then I’d like to not do any rock movies. Maybe just one more rock movie and then that’s it.”

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Nonetheless, Black could admit that it was this image that had led him to where he was – and on the trajectory he follows to this day. “There are too many things to concentrate on,” he admitted. “Let’s face it – I wouldn’t be anywhere without them together, I needed them both, but…” He then added, in a comical voice, “Now that I’m a big star…”

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The School of Rock star reiterated his desire to do something non-rock. And Black also found it tough to combine music and acting in the same career. “It’s hard when you rock and act at the same time,” he explained. “It’s not easy… for me. It’s like a juggling act or something.”

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In a way, since School of Rock, Black has gotten his wish. He did indeed branch out from rocker-centric roles, although he’s continued his music career with Tenacious D. The actor has starred in everything from romantic comedies, such as The Holiday, to the action movie King Kong and animated children’s flicks Shark Tale and Kung Fu Panda.

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And, through it all, Black has very rarely changed his looks. In King Kong, for example, he cropped his hair to about ear-length, but he held onto his longer sideburns. It made sense for his part in the flick as a movie director named Carl Denham, much less of a wild persona than his musician-turned-teacher in School of Rock.

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In 2006’s Nacho Libre, Black sported a curly helmet of hair with a thick mustache to match. The look matched that on-screen character, too. This time, the actor played a monk who had dreams beyond the monastery walls – so he sneaked out to live a secret life as a luchador, a masked Mexican wrestler.

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By 2010’s Gulliver’s Travels, Black had grown back his longer locks to play the film’s titular character. In portraying an author who washes up on an island called Lilliput – inhabited by microscopic people – the actor could sport shoulder-length hair once again.

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Black went on to star in a pair of Jumanji films, and, in both, his appearance was somewhat scruffy. His signature long hair remained shoulder length, and he had a full beard of stubble. The actor also had a well-defined mustache in his role as one of four people trapped inside of a video game.

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Off-screen, Black’s looks have arguably been even wilder. In 2018, for example, the actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And he arrived to accept his honor with a full-on beard that would give X-Men’s wolverine a run for his money. The actor sported his signature disheveled longer locks, too.

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At the ceremony, Black’s collaborators gave speeches in his honor. They highlighted that although the actor may often play gruff and even grumpy characters on screen, his looks don’t match his personality. School of Rock director Richard Linklater, for one, called him “the most charitable sweetheart of a guy,” according to a September 2018 piece in Variety.

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In addition, School of Rock’s screenwriter Mike White stated that it’d be okay for Black’s fans to meet their hero. “The bigger the legend you are, like, the human, the person, recedes,” White said. “What I think is the most impressive is that the legend that [people] love is incredibly close to the actual person that he is.”

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If anything, Black’s looks in recent years have become even more aligned with this on-screen persona. By the start of 2020, the actor again had shoulder-length locks, and his once-trimmed Wolverine beard had grown wilder with time. He came to sport frizzy, long facial hair that was half light gray, half dark gray.

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But all of that was set to change in a major way during August 2020. Up until that point, the actor’s fans kept track of him through his Hollywood career, as well as through YouTube clips and TikTok footage he created with his sons. But the man in front of the camera changed his look drastically and unexpectedly in one such video.

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The clip that hit YouTube on August 18, 2020, had a very simple title: “Everything must go.” It begins with Black looking directly at the camera for a second before removing his glasses. Then, he reaches down to grab something out of frame, lifting his hand to reveal a pair of scissors.

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Seven seconds into the video, it’s clear what Black plans to do. That’s because he raises the pair of scissors all the way to his bushy beard, grabs a chunk of hair with his other hand and positions the scissors around it. The crunch of blade to hair is audible as he slices away at his signature facial fuzz.

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Within seconds, the Jumanji star has a huge chunk of his beard in his hands. He drops it to the ground, then reaches for the left side of his face. Again, he holds onto the frizzy facial hair sticking out of his cheeks as he hacks away at it with scissors.

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Black’s eyes bug out as he repeats the task for a third time on the right-hand side of his face. Again, he lets the clump of chopped hair fall to the ground. Some may have thought that the actor would stop here – perhaps he only wanted to shorten his wildly overgrown beard.

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And as Black shakes out his hair in the next few seconds of the clip, it becomes clear what’s next: his long locks will go, too. The actor grabs a fistful of hair and, without even a wince or a sign of hesitation, he starts to cut it away with his scissors.

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The School of Rock star continues to cut off clumps of hair around his head. As he finishes, the camera pans to the ground next to Black, where he’s been dropping the pieces as he cuts them. It’s quite a sizable pile of hair that the singer-actor has hacked from his head.

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Nearly two-and-a-half minutes into the video, it’s made clear that Black isn’t just cutting his hair and beard – he’s going to shave off what’s left as well. He holds up a pair of clippers in front of his face, his eyes widening as he looks at them.

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The clippers start to whir and Black raises them first to his beard. It takes almost a minute for him to clear away the remaining strands and stubble before he takes the razor to his temple. He then begins to shave off the rest of the hair on his head.

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Slowly but surely, Black shaves away the hair on his head, albeit in a strange pattern. He looks into the camera and laughs after about a minute, noticing that he has shaved the center of his scalp but left the sides long. He then redirects his razor to get rid of these lingering hairs, too.

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By now, it’s clear what Black meant with his YouTube video’s title, “Everything must go.” He grabs a mirror to make sure he’s getting every last hair on the top of his head. Black then holds it behind his head, discovering some remaining strands. He laughs, saying, “Oh yeah, there’s a strip.”

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Black can’t reach it, though, so he calls in his son, Tommy, to help him. The boy – whose long locks mimic those his father had just minutes earlier – grabs the clippers. He aims them at the last strip of hair before declaring, “Okay, I think I kind of got it.”

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With that, Black checks his son’s work, rubbing his hands over the back of his head to ensure that it’s smooth and hair-free. He then looks at the camera and says, “And it’s as simple as that.” Indeed, in the course of the five-minute video, the actor has managed to quickly transform his appearance.

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Fans greeted the YouTube video in amazement, and many left comments to laud Black’s clip and his new style. They pointed out that the actor looked decades younger. One compared the Nacho Libre actor to a favorite Star Wars character, writing, “It was like watching Chewbacca shave himself. All that wookiee hair gone!’

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Another commenter stated that Black’s bold new style had inspired them to do the same – to a degree. “Been growing a beard for 10 years, but if the great Jack Black feels the need to get rid of his, I will not let him bear this burden alone,” they wrote. “I’m already bald though, so at least I understand what he’s going through somewhat.”

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As for Black, he seemed to be happy with his decision to let go of his dangling hair and frizzy beard. On August 29 – a week and a half after he posted the head- and face-shaving video – he shared an update through YouTube. He tellingly titled the clip “I’m a new man.” And in it, he says, “I feel like you’re seeing all of me. And I like it.”

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