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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Fran on

Who’s Jon Hamm??

linda on

I am SO sick of George Clooney…he is so full of himself….and he is so insecure that he can not date a REAL women of His OWN age! What a loser!
I like Brad…but that beard has GOT to go..Please!

Robear on

A man’s beard is like a lion’s mane. Would you dare shave a lion? Most men past their 40s look much better with a beard – it hides sagging jaw lines and double chins!

Sukie on

You forgot Keanu Reeves. He had a sexy looking beard on his face all this Fall. He has a great looking gotee for his new movie he is filming called Henry’s Crime. Keanu is one of the best looking men in Hollywood, Hunky looking with a beard on his face too. :)

realwoman on

I Like it. It’s real.let’s stop the no-hair-anywhere trend, for women too!!

tbelle on

Brad Pitt is looking pretty poor lately.

Mary on

Brad Pitt has problems with facial hair. He grows a mustache for a role (understandable) and keeps it after shooting looked like some one to a Sharpie and drew a line on his lip. He grows a full beard and looked like he could blend in with the homeless. No shape and shaggy. Now he’s got a goatee, I assume/hope fora role, it’s not trimmed or brushed, it looks like something nasty froze and stuck to it. Ew. Brad, you are such a nice looking man, PLEASE learn how to control your facial hair. You’d look so handsome with it under control..

love on

I HATE BRADS BEARD… HATE it. it looks so unkept and makes him look so old. It’s like a billy goat. I use to think he was so sexy back in the day but NOT anymore

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