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Is Nicolas Cage's hair in his new movie fake? -- ''National Treasure'''s biggest mystery is the strange hairstyle of its hero

Here's a riddle to top the rest in National Treasure: What's dark but frosted, and as fake-looking as a souvenir-store Declaration of Independence? Ye olde hairstyle of Nicolas Cage's nerdy Revolutionary history buff, Ben Gates. The 'do isn't Donald-Trump-comb-over or Joe-Pesci-in-My-Cousin-Vinny bad. But the painted-in hairline of Ben's pompadour (accessorized with Elvis-style sideburns) looks as jarringly artificial as a founding father's powdered wig.

Originally posted Dec 01, 1979 Published in issue #796 Dec 10, 2004 Order article reprints