Hollywood star Owen Wilson is growing a beard in an effort to abolish the "stoner" tag the media have tainted him with.

The Starsky And Hutch funnyman - famous for his laid-back, slow-speaking movie characters - has allowed his facial hair to flourish because he hopes it will alter how people perceive him on the big screen.

He says, "I've never had a beard before. It makes me appear more like a young professor - more erudite.

"I'm trying to work against every review that talks about me being some kind of stoner."

01/02/2005 09:19