May 29th, 2014

Movember & Co. Barbershop     5 Questions in the chair with... Dominic Purcell

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5 Questions In the Chair With….
Dominic Purcell, Australian actor and Mo Bro. 
1) Do you have any grooming rituals?
I keep my hair buzzed at a number two and visit the barber every eight days. I have a regular Barbershop in San Clemente. They keep me looking sharp. It’s always nice to chat to them. I trust everyone in the shop - you can’t fuck up a number two buzz cut. The moustache is usually for a role. But I will always try to grow a moustache in Movember. 
2) Can you remember a moment when your perception of men’s health changed?
I had a friend when I was 30 who got testicular cancer and as a result of his diagnosis I became aware of the big problem that it is for men. Prostate cancer is something else I became aware of after a friend in his 50s was diagnosed.
Growing up I was aware of breast cancer, because of the movement and awareness behind it, but men’s health hasn’t been pushed to the forefront of the media. With organizations such as Movember there’s greater awareness out there for men to get themselves checked. 
3) What’s one of the most interesting men’s health conversations you’ve ever had?
Mental health. The culture for men has been always been about pride and stoicism. Men were conditioned to keep their feeling repressed. In the last 10-15 years men are now starting to seek help. There’s less of a stigma associated with men being able to break down and emote. 
It’s important for men to talk. Whether it is at the boxing gym, or playing sports together - that’s a great environment for men to open up to other men. I think that’s certainly an area where we need to encourage men to open up about their demons. 
4) Do you have any tricks to staying healthy?
I surf, I box, and I try to eat as well as I possibly can. My Nan used to always say “everything in moderation,” so I try to live by that creed. 
5) Who is your male role model? And what’s one important thing they’ve taught you?
I was always looking for a father type on the big screen. Someone I’ve always looked up to and admired from afar is Clint Eastwood and guys like Charles Bronson, and John Wayne. These guys encapsulated what masculinity was about - on a surface level of course. Going to the movies and seeing those guys was a sanctuary for me. It was a place where I was looking for a way to be. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found my own identity and ideas about being a man. A man is someone who’s accountable for his actions. He doesn’t bullshit and says it how it is.
*Bonus) Who has your favorite iconic moustache?
Dennis Lillee (Famous Australian Cricket player)

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