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Cage's hair doesn't hurt 'Ghost Rider' grosses

All the special effects in the world could not distract critics from Nicolas Cage‘s locks in “Ghost Rider.”

The thesp — as Johnny Blaze, a motorcycle stuntman whose head regularly bursts into flames due to an unfortunate deal with the devil — racked up the worst hair reviews since Tom Hanks in “The Da Vinci Code.Cage — even sans flames — has one bad hair day after another in Sony’s comicbook adaptation, thanks to a hairpiece the Boston Globe described as “the size of a marsupial.” The L.A. Times deemed Cage’s onscreen hair “distractingly bad,” while the New York Post cracked that, of the pic’s $120 million budget, “$5 million was left for visual effects other than Nicolas Cage’s hairpieces.”

While the pic isn’t likely to win any best-tressed awards, the knocks didn’t hurt box office: “Ghost Rider” blazed to a boffo debut — much as “The Da Vinci Code” did last year despite negative reviews of Hanks’ stylized locks.

Other pics have had a hairier time: “Alexander” got raked over the coals in 2004 for Colin Farrell‘s blonde dye job and the pic mustered a tepid bow; it took in just $34.3 million at the domestic B.O.

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