Frankie Muniz Badass or Bad Hair?

1/24/2007 7:54 AM PST

Frankie Muniz -- Badass or Bad Hair?

Frankie Muniz is doing his best to ditch the "Malcom In The Middle" ghost that haunts him.

TMZ's cameras were outside trendy lunch spot The Ivy in Beverly Hills when we spotted the actor turned race car driver acting quite different from the goofy Malcolm we all know from TV. The 20-year-old, who was a sporting a tough new haircut that looks like it was inspired by UFC champ Chuck Lidell, walked with a new "cool guy" strut as he described his racing accomplishments.

Does he needs a phone book to see over the wheel?