Back in December, Robert Pattinson chopped off his trademark wild locks and started rocking a close-cropped 'do. The [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie]-verse nearly cracked in half.
Some fans welcomed the new look ("He looks way hotter!" said an MTV Movies Blog commenter), some were appalled ("Ewww, what happened to his hot sex hair?"), and many worried he'd no longer be able to convincingly portray vampire Edward Cullen in the [article id="1601626"]soon-to-film sequel "New Moon"[/article] ("His. Legacy. Is. Gone!"). But a lot of you were happy to take your Robert/Edward any way you could get him ("The hair won't change the fact that this man oozes sexiness!!!").
Prepare for another epic OME-explosion: Revealing Pattinson pictures have surfaced on the Web. Still with us? The black-and-white photos feature a shirtless Pattinson staring all squint-eyed at the camera, a black scarf wrapped around his neck. In one, he's even showing a nipple. But perhaps most satisfying of all to those heartbroken over his new 'do is that in the pictures, he's once again sporting his familiar, beloved mane.
The photos come from a 2003 shoot that appeared in the South China Morning Post magazine. "He was painfully shy and incredibly polite," photographer John-Paul Pietrus told Life & Style of the shoot. The London-based Pietrus has previously shot Victoria Beckham and Rufus Wainwright, among others.
"He was a bit nervous, too, because I had him in some pictures with a girl," the photographer said of Pattinson, who at the time had not yet broken into acting. It would be another two years before his role in [movie id="239761"]"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"[/movie] brought him worldwide attention. "The shoot was based on swimwear from the 1930s. He had his shirt off, so some skin might have made him nervous."
"New Moon" is set to begin shooting in late March in Vancouver. It's anybody's guess what kind of hairstyle — Buzzcut? Wig? Hair extensions? — the actor will be sporting once he steps in front of the camera. If we know our "Twilight" fans, though, the biggest question of all will be whether Pattinson decides to do some more half-naked photo shoots.
Check out everything we've got on "New Moon."
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