One other possibility. If your are drunk yet well groomed not many will notice. He did like to be left to himself, correct.
His complextion made things tough enough as it was.
If you look at Bukowski's history, he was really
rather fastidious about his appearance.
That's one of the gripes he had about Barfly.
He thought that the Mickey Rourke character was
really rather a slob, and quite different from how he
pictured all of it.
For the most part? My experience is that Bukowski,
while not vain, was particular about his appearance.
"I had on my dead father's overcoat, which was too large. My pants were too long, the cuffs came down over the shoes and that was good because my stockings didn't match, and my shoes were down at the heels. I hated barbers so I cut my own hair when I couldn't get a woman to do it. I didn't like to shave and I didn't like long beards, so I scissored myself every tow or three weeks. My eyesight was bad but I didn't like glasses so I didn't wear them except to read. I had my own teeth but not that many. My face and my nose were red from drinking and the light hurt my eyes so I squinted through tiny slits. I would have fit into any skid row anywhere."
I don't know if someone else already brought this up. For someone as down and out as Hank was, he sure had a nice and neat beard. You'd think a trim would be the last thing on his mind.
The soundtrack to Factotum bothered me...
At the end of the day, or some crap, all that matters about Buk is the word. Barfly made him popular to more people, and for the most part, the other films just made other people money (well, Linda too, so that's a good thing). I've only seen Barfly once or twice and I didn't care for it all that much (it wasn't him, you know; just his portrayal of him, and it lost too much). As for the others, never cared to try.
It's all about the word to me. Oh, and all those lovely BSP books and...
May I make a silly distinction:
Rourke played Bukowski the literary persona.
Dillon played Bukowski the man.
Olaf: I think you're onto something there.
For me, Dillion didn't feel like Bukowski at all. Rourke felt half way like Buk. He was a bit too goofy, too clownish and ape-like (notice how he walks like a damned gorilla at times, swinging his arms, hunched over ... it's odd and forced and all wrong.) But in spirit, Rourke is much closer to the real Bukowski (snip....).