If there's one positive social contribution that came from the swing toward uber-hippie, 90s revivalism, it's that beards have come back into style, both in Hollywood and elsewhere. Truly, the vast majority of men look better (and more sexually provocative) with a little hair on their face, even if it's just a bit of strategically-cultivated stubble, and this is especially true of categorically attractive gentlemen who are also famous. Who are the sexiest celebrities with beards? And more importantly, which actors look better with beards than they do without them?
Many folks consider the beard (and its other, more artisanal derivatives, such as the mutton chop and the handlebar mustache) to be a pure, distinguished, and noble form of creative expression. A bearded man is a man fully realized, in all of his glorious, masculine splendor - the nuances of his individual maleness, whether dapper and well-groomed, or burly, untamed, and lumberjack-like, on proud display for the rest of the world to ponder and appreciate.From Ben Affleck, to Jon Hamm, and yes, even Brad Pitt, these celebrity guys are rocking their beards, looking oh so handsome. In support of these brave and trail-blazing gentlemen, we present you with this list of the hottest Hollywood actors who look way, way better with a little facial hair. Cast your votes for the actors you think benefit from their deliciously sexy beards below!
Contrary to popular misconceptions, Cooper somehow manages to look more well-groomed and less sleazy with a beard than he does without one, as these contrasting photos demonstrate.
#6 on The Hottest Men Over 40
If you're like us, it probably gives you a mild, creeping sensation of brain freeze every time you witness Kit Harington outside a greasy, angst-ridden, Medieval context, which may be a contributing factor in our reflexive rejection of his clean-shaven look. His gentle, delicate beard does help him to exceptionally embody the "sensitive young poet with a guitar" aesthetic, however.
Maybe it's because we got used to seeing him as a werewolf all the time on True Blood, but the hairier Joe Manganiello is, the more rugged and dangerously sexy he appears to us.
With a beard, Gerard Butler looks like someone you could tell your problems to, then snuggle up with for several hours eating ice cream and giggling. Without a beard, he looks like a man eager to aggressively backhand your children in the grocery store for breathing too loudly.
#2 on The Hottest Men Over 40
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