Rewind: Demi Moore Recounts Shaving Her Head
By ROBERT PACE
August 03, 2012
One of Demi Moore's most iconic film moments came in 1997 in the action film G.I. Jane, not for her role in the film (she won the MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, but also won the less-desirable Razzie Award for Worst Actress) but for a scene in which she buzzes her hair down to her scalp.
For this Pop Culture Rewind, we take you back to this day in 1997 when Moore was being interviewed about the film and described the iconic moment, which she said she enjoyed despite having to shave off all of her luscious locks.
"We had had so much anticipation getting to that point and...it's such a pivotal part of the movie for my character and her commitment," Moore says in the featured flashback. "It was the last holdout for me personally that really moved me into one and the same [with my character]."
Moore's character in the film, "Lieutenant Jordan O'Neill," struggles with her identity as she undergoes the same Navy training that the men are subjected to. She recalls the moment of buzzing her hair as being in emotional parallel with her character.
"I wasn't really thinking about anything. I enjoyed it. [I] felt a certain sense of strength and power from it and I guess obviously...satisfaction if I was smiling," she said.
While some might still cringe when watching Moore cut off her silky threads of hair and could never imagine doing such a gutsy thing, she reveals that she had become immune to the thought of cutting off her hair because of her genuine attachment to the project.
"You know what? I had not attachment, by that point, to my hair. Nothing," she says. "I've been involved in this project for a very, very long time and that became so much of a metaphor for her desire, her passion, her strength to just be given the opportunity to make it as an equal."
Moore also reveals a line that was didn't make it to the film's final cut: "There's men here; there's women here; and then there's me."
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