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LATEST `KING' ON BROADWAY HAS A FULL HEAD OF HIP HAIR

Lou Diamond Phillips doesn't want to follow too closely in the late Yul Brynner's footsteps in the Broadway revival of "The King and I." So the latest king of Siam chose to keep his hair.

"That would have fed into the whole Yul Brynner image," Phillips, 34, told People magazine in explaining why he didn't go bald to play the king.Phillips has shaved the sides of his head in a Mohawklike haircut he says is an ancient Thai coiffe once worn by the king.

"There are etchings and paintings of him with this haircut," says Phillips.

"I felt a little strange walking around New York when I first got it cut. But the truth of the matter is, it's kind of hip. There are a lot of teenagers out there with this haircut."