Amy Landecker Wears an Unusual Wig for A Serious Man
Posted 09.29.09 by reelz
She calls it "Cousin It."
To stay in character for a scene in the Coen brothers '60s-era comedy A Serious Man, Amy Landecker, who plays the protagonist's stoned and free-spirited neighbor, had to put on a wig — and not much else. As she told New York magazine, the scene called for nudity but her bikini wax seemed out of place for the times. Enter the merkin, a "niche" wig used, in this case at least, to help re-create the more filled-out look of an earlier era. While Landecker still seems fairly amused by the whole idea (she keeps a picture of Cousin It on her iPhone), she says she is now quite happy to have it gone.
Incidentally, she is by no means the only actress to have faced this problem in recent times. Kate Winslet also needed an assist from a merkin for her nude scenes in the WWII-era movie The Reader. No word, though, on whether she gave hers a nickname.