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'Wolfman' Larry Gomez, Genetic Condition Hypertrichosis Is A Hollywood Money Maker (PICTURES)

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The world’s hairiest man is capitalising on his condition by launching a Hollywood career.

Larry Gomez has already had a bit part in the Reese Witherspoon film Water For Elephants and has now filmed a pilot episode for a reality show.

The 35-year-old suffers from a rare condition called hypertrichosis universalis, which affects just one in a billion people.

Also known as werewolf syndrome, it is a genetic mutation where cells that normally switch off hair growth in unusual areas, like the eyelids and forehead, are left switched on.

Formerly a trapeze artist and acrobat, Gomez, has found himself on the receiving end of plenty of female attention since he burst onto the Hollywood scene.

He told The Sun: “How many girlfriends have I had? At least 35. Women expect me to be more of a man, stronger, because of the hair. I do all right with the ladies. I've even had a few stalkers."

Last month Huffington Post UK reported on the plight of the Sangli sisters, a trio of young girls from India who all have the condition.

The sisters wage a daily battle with their excess hair, tackling it each day with a special hair removal.

Scroll down for a slideshow of the Sangli sisters.

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Larry Gomez - The Real Life Wolfman
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