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Golden Globe Awards 2011
Originally posted 01/16/2011 09:30PM
Geoffrey Rush may have channeled his inner Mad Man with his dapper fedora and shorn hair at Sunday's Golden Globes – but the actor wasn't sporting the hat just to make a style statement.
Nope, the Aussie star, and Golden Globe nominee for The King's Speech, shaved his head for a new role in the play The Diary of a Madman, based on a short story by Nikolai Gogol, which already premiered in Australia, his rep tells PEOPLE.
Rush, 59, plays a civil servant who goes crazy in the dark comedy, which is set to make its U.S. premiere at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music beginning Feb. 11.
Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD