I don’t know when I first noticed that huge bump on Harry Dean Stanton’s forehead, above his right eye. Maybe it was one of the times I saw him performing music, and I would have just thought he had recently had an accident.
Maybe it was in a particular film, and I would have thought that he had recently had an accident before filming and the filmmakers just decided not to cover it- or maybe I though that the bump was not Stanton’s but rather the character’s and that the make-up department put it on for effect.
But, no. That bump has been there for years and it’s not going away. What kind of swelling just never subsides? What could have been the original cause? What about it makes it (seemingly) permanent?
Couldn’t find too many images where it was really obvious (but it’s obvious when you watch him on T.V. or in a movie). You can kinda see it in these too pics, but if you watch “Big Love” or “She’s so Lovely” you’ll definitely see it.
Some people’s heads are just shaped that way. A friend of mine had a bump on her head, albeit smaller. When I asked her about, she just said it was some growth that happens to people. I resisted the urge to take a hammer and flatten it out.
My mom has a similar looking bump on her shoulder. It’s a fatty tumor (or fatty cyst? I forget), and it’s been there for something like 7 years, ever since her father died. Her father had the same thing (in the same spot) for over 40 years.
Don’t know if it’s the same sort of thing, of course. But as long as we’re wildly speculating, here…
Well, I for one very much appreciate the bump on HDS’s head.
Seriously, though, it’s a very good question. I find it hard to believe his *skull * is shaped that way. And growths may just happen, but it’s curious that one wouldn’t have it removed / fixed, especially if they were in a profession where looks are so important. It’s not like he can’t afford it.
While I’m at it, what’s the deal with the growth betweenRussell Crowe’s eyebrows? Very distracting.
I have a bump kind of like that (but smaller) on my forehead. I’ve had it at least since I was 10. I think it’s a sebaceous cyst- I had one of those on my back that got inflamed a few years ago, and I had it removed. I suspect if I had the one on my forehead removed, there would probably be a scar, which might not be a great improvement, looks-wise.
It doesn’t hurt, it’s like a blob under the skin, that keeps its own shape but can be smushed around a little in location.
Maybe it is a cyst and Mom was just telling stories, but once time I was playing softball and hit my finger on the backstop (don’t ask). A little area puffed up and someone told me I would have a bump under the skin for years, and I do. It’s tiny compared to the one on my head, but very similar in how it feels.
Mine is soft- I can press it down, but it pops back up when I let the pressure off. Sebaceous cysts are only painful if you get unlucky with the location of them, or if they get infected or inflamed. The one I had on my back was where my bra band hits, and I think that might have had something to do with it getting inflamed.
Jean Claude van Damme (JCvD to his fans) has a big one. It contains what passes for the acting talent centre of his brain, enabling him to affect two entire facial expressions. This is why he is so frequently cast in dual roles; it allows him to show off his whole acting range.
Tom Cruise is rumoured to have one that he straps on when he needs to pretend to be drunk.