London: Steve Martin wears fake nails because playing the banjo has damaged the originals.
Martin, 65, who plays with the bluegrass band ‘Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers,’ has been playing the banjo since he was 16.
"The last time I got false nails was two weeks ago. My real nails got torn up from playing. It`s a typical thing to have false nails in bluegrass. You go into any beauty salon and say, `I need acrylic nails on the first two fingers please.` And they ask if you`re a guitar player. I have them re-done every two or three weeks," contactmusic.com quoted him as saying.
"I like to wait for them to fall off before I get fresh ones. Have I ever been tempted to paint them? I have not," he added.