Hollywood Sounds Off On Pitt and Clooney's Controversial Facial Hair

01/21/2010 at 07:00 PM ET

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It seems like everyone has something to say about the facial hair that has taken over the faces of two of PEOPLE’s Sexiest Men Alive. Brad Pitt’s beard has been growing through the winter, while his pal George Clooney kicked off award season with the new look. Eli Roth, who appears with Pitt in Inglourious Basterds, thinks his co-star’s beard is amazing. “That’s like a professional beard,” said Roth at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Hollywood Friday night. “Only Brad can pull off a beard like that.” Meanwhile, Melanie Lynskey, who appears with Clooney in Up In The Air, says she hadn’t seen his new beard but wanted to check it out. “He’s not going to look bad,” she tells PEOPLE. “He could bleach his hair blonde and he wouldn’t look bad!” Another guy whose looks can’t be diminished by facial hair is Jon Hamm, according to Mad Men creator Matt Weiner. “He can get rid of it and grow it again in an afternoon,” Weiner joked about Hamm, who plays the dapper Don Draper. “I told him that he looks like GI Joe, which is quite a compliment. There’s nothing you can do to make that guy look bad, let me tell you.” Vote now on which leading man wears his facial hair best! – Elaine Aradillas

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Delana on

Who cares?! Why is this news?!

Mel on

Isn’t Brad’s for an upcoming movie role???

Who cares, what’s the big deal. It’s facial hair. It can be shaved of…

Jaclyn on

Does this really matter?! First, it is not newsworthy, and second, they are men! They are entitled to have facial hair, movie role or not!

Jennifer on

No this isn’t newsworthy… but more improtantly why are you coming to People for serious news stories. Try CNN.

Mindy on

Jennifer read my mind!

Jaclyn on

I was following Delana’s post. I do go to CNN for “serious” news. I meant this is not news for People.

Melanie on

It’s all in good fun. Personally I think Brad looks a little creepy with his. George’s beard on the other hand looks nice and neat. I think he looks better without it, but I would take him either way!

S. Wattsson on

Can’t stand Brad Pitt – wierd beard or not!! Where’s some REAL news?

Kim on

I heard a crazy rumor that they were getting ready to play the Smith Brothers in an exciting new bio about the cough drop magnates. Obviously, Brad will play “Mark,” while George, with the fuller beard, will play “Trade.” Expect to see them both nominated for Oscars next year.

Pamela058 on

I don’t like Brad Pitt’s breard….it’s to shaggy. Maybe if he cleaned it up a bit and make some sense of it…it might look alright. George Clooney’s is ok…at least it looks clean not dirty.

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