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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08girl on

Okay there’s a beard or goatee and then there’s that THING hanging off Brad’s face. That is no longer a beard. I think it’s alive.

jt on

brad is sexy but he gots to shave

Chloe on

Pitt never did anything for me, and now he is even more unappealing. Clooney looks good, no matter what.

jt on

brad needs to shave that beard then he’ll look sexy again

Jasmine on

I love RDJ’s beard. I think the neatly trimmed goatee looks really good on him. But he was already so handsome. Brad Pitt’s “beard” looks like it might just crawl away any second now.

LOLOLOL on

C’mon People , be fair and post my opinion. Brad Pitt’s plastic face is scary looking. LOL

Lisa on

Why is Brad’s beard grey on the oldest part? It’s yucky looking. It is grey and the new growth like his hair is blonde…
Robert Downey A+ – To heck with the others.
Russell Crowe and Gerard Butler are both ruggedly handsome and get better and better looking as they get older. I’m sick of George.

cashmere on

Robert Downey Jr., by far. A beard adds at least 10 years to each of these guys…they all look like they could be granddads! A little goatee can define a chin and mouth but a full beard looks like Granddaddy Mortimer come back to life. SHAVE, guys!

Barbi (Outerbankschick) on

Vincent D’Onofrio sported a full beard for quite some time during Seasons 7-8 of Criminal Intent. I loved it! Clooney looks sexy with a beard, too, and so does Christian Bale.

Ban all razors for these men! ;)

no thanks on

Brad Pitt is not the hottest hunk in my world. None of these guy are. These 4 are for white bread Americans with horrible taste in male looks.

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