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Here's Why Cousin Matthew Looks So Different

danstevens_bigbritishinvite.jpgSince Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens appeared on the GLAAD Awards Red Carpet over the weekend debuting a slimmer, scruffier and darker-haired look, we've all been wondering what's prompted the new makeover. And, as we learned last night when we had the chance to talk to Stevens at a press reception for the Big British Invite -- a "choose your own adventure"-style pop-up in Soho that highlighted everything cool hunters should know about in British culture (think Wah Nails and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut pop-ups) -- the new style is not the result of the actor "going Hollywood" as some have speculated but the result of a new role. A role as a heroin trafficker, to be specific. (We'll give you a second to mentally adjust to the news that Cousin Matthew is trading in his white tie and tails for speedballs and smack.)

Stevens' new role will appear in A Walk Among the Tombstones, a forthcoming film directed by Scott Frank that also stars Liam Neeson and Boyd Holbrook. The actor tells us "it's a grizzly crime thriller and Liam [Neeson] plays a former cop-turned-private detective who's also an alcoholic. One of the strands of the plot is that he comes to help a drug trafficker whose wife has been kidnapped and murdered and that's me." The movie is currently being filmed in Brooklyn so the next time you see a shady-looking man lurking on a street corner in King's County, give him a second glance because it could be Cousin Matthew.

And check out more photos from the Big British Invite below.

bigbritish2.jpgAlexa Chung

bigbritish5.jpgLondon made out of British sweets

bigbritish1.jpgTali Lennox

bigbritish4.jpgBritish punk fashion

bigbritish3.jpgSinger Estelle

Mad Hatter-themed tea time at the Sanderson Hotel pop-up!

Photos by Mireya Acierto/PatrickMcMullan.com

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