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Facial hair on male stars...for or against?

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I'm watching the Universal western THE STAND AT APACHE RIVER. Russell Johnson (before he was typecast as the professor on Gilligan's island) is in this film. He looks different with sideburns.

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It depends some men look hotter with facial hair others don't

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It's one of those case-by-case things. There's no good rule about who'll look good and who won't. Normally I prefer actors with classic good looks to be shaven, but in the case of both Tyrone Power and Henry Fonda in Jesse James (1939) they both looked very natural and attractive with beards. On the other hand, I never thought that John Wayne, with his rugged good looks as a younger man, looked particularly good with a beard. (I had shots of all three prepared, but I've apparently exceeded some kind of posting limit.)

I'm not a big fan of the three-day-growth look favored by so many actors (and men in general) these days. It looks too studied. I'm sure it takes way more care to keep it at just the right length than it would to just shave every day, though I think the impression we're supposed to get is that they're so unconcerned about their looks that they just forgot.

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John Krasinski went from clean shaven Jim in "The Office" to bearded man of action...

 

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I see a torch, so it can't be good. Not a great look when the hairline starts at the eyebrows.

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Speaking of Boys in the Band, I've never found Andrew Rannells attractive. In fact, I think he's funny looking. But with a beard, he's passable.

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Andrew Rannells was nicely attractive in "Falsettos".

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He was a powerhouse in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" -

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9 hours ago, Swithin said:

Speaking of Boys in the Band, I've never found Andrew Rannells attractive. In fact, I think he's funny looking. But with a beard, he's passable.

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He has a boyish face the beard makes him look older

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23 minutes ago, jaragon said:

He has a boyish face the beard makes him look older

I think it's his eyes, and his chin that I don't like. 

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So back to Andrew Rannells and his many imperfections. These are photos from today's New York Times. His eyes, chin, mouth -- too odd for me. As I've said, a beard would help cover up some of the problems of his face. Just look at the middle picture -- reminds me of Mr. Sardonicus!

 

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56 minutes ago, Swithin said:

So back to Andrew Rannells and his many imperfections. These are photos from today's New York Times. His eyes, chin, mouth -- too odd for me. As I've said, a beard would help cover up some of the problems of his face. Just look at the middle picture -- reminds me of Mr. Sardonicus!

 

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Mr Sardonicus was not this cute

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1 hour ago, Swithin said:

So back to Andrew Rannells and his many imperfections. These are photos from today's New York Times. His eyes, chin, mouth -- too odd for me. As I've said, a beard would help cover up some of the problems of his face. Just look at the middle picture -- reminds me of Mr. Sardonicus!

 

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Thanks Swithin. Though nobody is perfect, I agree that facial hair would help him. In the second photo we see how large his nose is...and one of his eyes seems smaller than the other one. This said...beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

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8 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks Swithin. Though nobody is perfect, I agree that facial hair would help him. In the second photo we see how large his nose is...and one of his eyes seems smaller than the other one. This said...beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 

Well, maybe I should be more tolerant, like the song from Sheridan's 1777 play The School for Scandal suggests (though change the sex of the subject for our present purpose):

 Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
        Here's to the widow of fifty;
     Here's to the flaunting extravagant quean,
        And here's to the housewife that's thrifty.
     Chorus.  Let the toast pass,—
                  Drink to the lass,
     I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for a glass.

     Here's to the charmer whose dimples we prize;
        Now to the maid who has none, sir;
     Here's to the girl with a pair of blue eyes,
        And here's to the nymph with but one, sir.
     Chorus.  Let the toast pass, &c.

     Here's to the maid with a bosom of snow:
        Now to her that's as brown as a berry:
     Here's to the wife with a face full of woe,
        And now to the damsel that's merry.
     Chorus.  Let the toast pass, &c.

     For let 'em be clumsy, or let 'em be slim,
        Young or ancient, I care not a feather;
     So fill a pint bumper quite up to the brim,
     So fill up your glasses, nay, fill to the brim,
        And let us e'en toast them together.
     Chorus.  Let the toast pass, &c.

 

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