From Goatees to Full Facial Hair: Are Beards the New Leading Man Must-Have?

01/14/2010 at 05:38 PM ET

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When Brad Pitt first grew in his now infamous goatee, we thought surely it was for a part — or just a personal quirk. But with Hollywood’s hottest hunks sporting everything from Robert Downey Jr.’s neatly trimmed goatee to George Clooney‘s silver scruff to Jon Hamm’s full-out beard, we can see now that Brad was really starting a trend! Clearly this crop of stars is so good-looking that even the worst facial hair couldn’t dim their appeal, but we worry for lesser men if this trend continues. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to just see these guys in all of their clean-shaven glory? Or maybe that’s just our taste. Tell us: Should these guys keep their beards or do you prefer them clean-shaven?

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Brad Pitt , Guy Style
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jordan on

so wonderful!i like it so much.what is your opinion?

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Pamela on

Mmm…Robert Downey Jr looks hot with his beard. So does George. Brad and John though….not so much.

Shock on

Beards are a way for a man to be a man. Let it grow!

seabasket on

I think Brad is growing a beard for a movie about
an explorer seeking to find an ancient city who possibly died during his exploration. can’t wait to see it

@KaylaWildflower on

I like beards. In recent years women have earned the ability to wear hair and clothing styles that suit our unique tastes without needing to conform. Men deserve the same freedom already!

George Kuruvilla on

Come on guys, gimme a break. Those beards are not fashion statement. Its their looks for their upcoming movie. I can guarantee you that all of them will shave it off once the movie is shot and done. Having a beard is irritating man !

lac on

Brad Pitt will always be sexy but I agree he needs to shave.

Lisa on

Where’s David Cook?

Brenda Moore on

Brett Favre has that mountain man sexy look down!

Go angie on

Brad Pitt is in last place. does that tell you something , PEOPLE Magazine? It tells me that people readers are fed up with the PITT pimping. He looks like a lesbian with a beard because he uses to much fillers. Majority don’t like him. Angelina Jolie donated a million dollars to Haiti and I bet Brad had nothing to do with it. he is too busy trying to get attention with his beard beads. EWWW!

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