Nineties heartthrob unrecognisable with new look 27 years after starring in record-breaking film and BGT star romance

A NINETIES movie heartthrob looks completely unrecognisable after showcasing a brand new look.

It comes almost three decades after his leading role in a record-breaking flick which captured the hearts of the nation – and the world.

An American movie star looked completely different from his hit film role as he stepped out at the Cannes Film Festival

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An American movie star looked completely different from his hit film role as he stepped out at the Cannes Film FestivalCredit: Getty
The Chicago-born star now sports trendy stubble and a shaven head

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The Chicago-born star now sports trendy stubble and a shaven headCredit: Getty
Billy Zane was known for his clean-shaven look and floppy brunette locks

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Billy Zane was known for his clean-shaven look and floppy brunette locksCredit: Fox – Check Copyright Holder
He was known for his smart suits and floppy brunette locks in the flick that captured the world by storm

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He was known for his smart suits and floppy brunette locks in the flick that captured the world by stormCredit: 20th Century Fox

Billy Zane, 58, has traded his clean-shaved look for a trendy stubble moustache and beard in new snaps which have left Titanic fans in particular stunned.

The suave American played Caledon Hockney in the 1997 flick, where he donned smart suits and sported floppy brown locks.

Now he has opted for a more relaxed look, covering up head with a floppy hat as he arrived at the Cannes Film Festival.

Billy has also chosen stylish tortoise-shell rimmed glasses for his more relaxed look, which also sees him donning a casual brown jacket instead of a suit.

During the annual French event, he removed his head-gear to reveal his shaven head.

Back in 2022, he opened up on the 25th anniversary of the movie and the fact it is always a topic of conversation in interviews.

He told vulture.com: “It’s never really been a curse.

“It’s always a blessing. It’s a great honour, to be honest. It’s a wonderful film and it holds up.

“I like its reinventions with new technology. I really enjoyed the 3-D release.

Kelly Brook admits on Loose Women she broke off wedding to Billy Zane because he couldn’t cope with her dad’s cancer

“I’ve never seen a 3-D movie that has so much dramatic screen time as opposed to action.”

Talking about his friendship with Leonardo Di Caprio, who played protagonist Jack, he added: “We were friends prior, and mutual admirers of each other’s work.

“We’d run into each other socially. He was quite a bit younger, but we found ourselves at similar parties and events.

“It was great news to hear that he had been cast and we would get to work together. It was very comforting in that respect.”

The acting gang delighted film fans with a big reunion in 2017.

Meanwhile, Billy has also starred in Ghosts Of War, The Phantom, The Believer, and Hellblazers, to name a few.

Off screen

Away from the movies, he previously dated model Kelly Brook.

The pair met while filming Survival Island in 2004 and enjoyed a high-profile romance.

They even got engaged in 2007 before she starred on Strictly Come Dancing yet split in August 2008.

It was reported that the break-up was down to them growing apart.

Yet, at the time, the Daily Mail claimed it was because Kelly was hesitant to make Los Angeles her permanent home.

Years later, on Loose Women, Kelly revealed it was because the film star struggled with her father’s cancer diagnosis.

BGT axe

She was unceremoniously sacked from the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel of the 2009 series after a few days sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and former judge Piers Morgan.

Previously she took to X to ask why she’d been axed, writing a message to Simon’s pal and adding: “Ask him why he sacked me?!”

In her memoir Close Up, she opened up more and wrote: “Half way through filming he said: ‘You’re a singer, aren’t you, Kelly?’

“‘No,’ I replied. ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Absolutely.’

“After sitting next to him to begin with, on day two I was shunted down the row. I couldn’t help feeling I had managed to turn him right off the idea.”

She added: “My agent rang me and said: ‘I don’t know how to say this, but they don’t want you back’.

“I was angry and hurt, and the first thing I said is not printable!”

The star, 58, previously dated model Kelly Brook

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The star, 58, previously dated model Kelly BrookCredit: Getty
Passers-by did a double take when they spotted the movie star in France

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Passers-by did a double take when they spotted the movie star in FranceCredit: Getty
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