In the TV show Oz, Simon Adebisi is very often shown with a hat hanging on the top of his head. It looks like it will almost fall.


I remember it being discussed sometimes in the show, but can't recall exactly what they said about it.

Is this explained? Maybe there is a "behind-the-scenes" explanation by actors?

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    LOL! I was just re-watching this show over the past few weeks and was wondering the same thing! Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 13:08
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    Ask Dumbo. ;)
    – Walt
    Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 22:45
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    @Walt, or Homer
    – Kruga
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 14:57

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There is an interview in Men's Fitness where the actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje explains how the hat stayed on his head:

But the weirdest thing about Adebisi was how he wore his trademark knit hat. The thing stayed perched on the corner of his head and seemed to never move. Anyone who ever watched the show had to wonder how he kept it up there. Turns out, there wasn’t much of a secret to be revealed.

I just put it on my head and it stays there, he says. People think it’s Velcro or whatever. All it is is my bald head. You just stick it on the corner. I could do a backflip and that baby wouldn’t move.

Just another reason why Adebisi was the most badass character on Oz. He defied the laws of physics.

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    Maybe tiny hair can have a sort of velcro effect on wool... Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 10:06
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    Do you mean like stubble? I can see that probably being true! Commented Jan 8, 2017 at 10:15
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    I Periodically shave my head. I can confirm it does hold fuzzy hats well. Actually, keeping your head completely smooth is a lot of work, you have to shave with a real razor (not an electric one) daily.
    – Fake Name
    Commented Jan 9, 2017 at 5:00

I'm bald too and have insight on this issue because I tried to do it with multiple beanies (I really like OZ).

The secret is having a beanie that's made from a material that's a tiny bit rubbery, I had one from a sports store that felt like cotton but was stretchy and a bit rubbery feel, I rolled it up like Adebisi and it stuck on a clear shaven scalp like glue.

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