Film-maker Kevin Smith has hit out at reports his pal Ben Affleck is going bald.

Smith, who has worked with Affleck on such projects as Dogma, Chasing Amy and the upcoming film Jersey Girl, insists the former fiance of Jennifer Lopez has all his own hair.

He says, "That is totally the man's natural hair. We were shooting Jersey Girl, and I came in one day and was like, 'Dude, I read on the net last night that you don't have real hair - that you got into a bar brawl with Vince Vaughn and he pulled your wig piece off.'

"And he was like, 'I haven't seen Vince Vaughn in two years. Let alone in the bar. Let alone do I have fake hair.'

"Although I can't vouch for his pubes - for all I know, he's got a merkin."

20/02/2004 14:19