Jack Thompson sports a scruffy beard at the 2021 AACTA awards


Acting legend Jack Thompson, 81, looks unrecognisable as he sports a scruffy beard and long hair at the 2021 AACTA awards


He’s one of the most significant figures in Australian cinema.

But on Wednesday, Jack Thompson looked almost unrecognisable as he attended the 2021 AACTA awards in Sydney.

The 81-year-old actor sported a scraggy beard and long hair as he posed on the red carpet at the event.

New look: Acting legend Jack Thompson, 81, looked unrecognisable as he sported a scruffy beard at the 2021 AACTA awards

Jack wore an all-black ensemble consisting of pants, a matching coloured buttoned shirt and blazer.

He completed the look with black shoes and gave a thumbs up after arriving to the event.

Last year, Jack said he was growing his beard for a movie that had been cancelled due to the pandemic.  

He added that he hadn’t shaved it off because there was still hope the film may resume production.

New role: Last year, Jack said he was growing his beard for a movie that had been cancelled due to the pandemic

New role: Last year, Jack said he was growing his beard for a movie that had been cancelled due to the pandemic 

‘The beard is being grown for a movie that was shut down by COVID, but we hope to see it come back,’ he said.

‘Shoulder-length hair and an unkempt beard it says in the script. I’m still going.’

It comes after Jack recently revealed that he’d narrowly missed out on the lead role in Schindler’s List, which eventually went to Liam Neeson.

New film: He added that there was still some hope the film might resume production, hence why he hadn't shaved the beard off just yet. Pictured Jack in June 2013

New film: He added that there was still some hope the film might resume production, hence why he hadn’t shaved the beard off just yet. Pictured Jack in June 2013

The Steven Spielberg-directed film was released in 1994 and won seven Oscars.

He said on Anh’s Brush With Fame: ‘I’d done camera tests, shot a couple of scenes, and then did a whole afternoon with Spielberg.’

Jack said the filmmaker then told him that he had to catch a flight to New York, but reassured him they would sign the contract when he returned.

But while he was in New York, Spielberg met with Neeson and had a change of heart.

What could have been: It comes after Jack recently revealed that he'd narrowly missed out on the lead role in Schindler's List, which eventually went to Liam Neeson. Pictured in May 2014

What could have been: It comes after Jack recently revealed that he’d narrowly missed out on the lead role in Schindler’s List, which eventually went to Liam Neeson. Pictured in May 2014

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