Date: 25th September 2000
MEL GIBSON has shaved his hair off to look like a monk while he travels about Italy on a religious pilgrimage.
The devout Catholic has been visiting the romantic European country's holy sites with his wife ROBYN. The 44-year-old has even paid a visit to the Piazza Santa Maria Novella - a historic church founded by monks.
A source says, "During the trip Mel was told that Catholics in the Middle Ages often shaved their heads before going on pilgrimages to holy places."
Gibson's spokesman ALAN NEIROB says, "I can assure you, Mel's hair will be fully grown back before he goes before the cameras again."