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?

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Blake on

I think the Beards are great! Keep them coming, I’m tired of everyone being so “Clean”

Sara on

I’m going to go with Robert Downey Jr.
John and Brad are both handsome but their beards look really bad. I’m just tired of George Clooney. When it’s Oscar time People magazine goes overboard with their Clooney coverage. It’s unbearable as every other article is about George and his current flame.

steph on

When I read “Beard” I thought of what Katie is to Tom, or what Reese is to Jake. Just saying.

jenny on

@steph — i did too!!!

mddiva on

I prefer Nicolas Cage’s but George’s is nice. Men with beard are sexy to me.

America on

I’m with Blake I like the rugged Mountain Man look :-)

I like for my men to look like men and not metrosexual models.

America on

OMG to Steph. I wonder how many people will “get” your comment :-)

Diana on

Steph I thought oh my gosh People is going to do some ground breaking here and write a article on “beards” Then they showed guys with facial hair. Lets add Hayden Christensen and Orlando Bloom to the arm candy beard list.

Laura on

Why not Christian Bale?
Russell Crowe?
Those are Real Men.
They Define the Ruggedly Handsome Look!

EnglishChick on

@ Steph, Okay, so maybe it’s because I’m english but I didn’t get your “beard” thing. Please explain. Thanks.

Also, ugh at Brad Pitt (although I never got the appeal, even when he was young and attractive) and why isn’t Hugh Jackman or Johnny Depp on the list? They had beard way before these guys! xoxo

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.

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!

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 stops..it 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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Janine on

I vote for George Clooney’s beard as the best-looking facial hair … he always looks great, beard or no beard……. the others look okay, but Brad Pitt looks much better without that scraggly beard….that look does not suit the fine Mr. Pitt! Overall, George Clooney nails the bearded look for sure!

t norene on

I am trying to imagine what everyone would say if we women decided not to shave. You know our legs and underarms.. And then went out in public showing o0ur hairy parts to the world. I bet we wouldn’t be considered for a sexy cover… Brad Pitt looks like he is trying to hard to be cool or something but his beard in my opinion makes him look even older more wrinkled and tired. The rest look ok.. My own husband just had surgery and cannot walk and has grown his facial hair out and looks un groomed.. But he isn’t ridicules like Pitt who wears beads in his beard at times..

S. Wattsson on

RDJ ALL THE WAY!! Do NOT like Brad Pitt at ALL! George looks ok – at least hair and beard color match! Jon Hamm, I think, looks better clean shaven.

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Elysse on

I prefer facial hair on men, but they should give significant attention to it and not just let it scraggle out in all directions. George’s is the best in this group, and Brad had a better one while filming “Legends of the Fall”. They’ve both got the physcial structure of the type of masculine face that I am attracted to.

Josie on

Well, none of them actually look better with the beard, but I have to say that Brad Pitt’s is actually kind of revolting…

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Jen on

Thank goodness for real men. I have been getting rather tired of looking at the whole baby face trend. I want a man, not a boy.

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