Do you want to be a real man? Well, you’re going to need a beard! Everyone knows that real men (and some women) can grow beards. If you are thinking, “but wait, I can’t grow one!” What I have to say to you is, Ppsssttttt, you can’t be a real man then. Even if you do have one get ready for some beard envy as I reveal ten of the most epic beards from movies! Just remember, I don’t care about mere mortal moustaches or goatees as they are for children. What I care about is full on beards that don’t require you to take I.D. with you to get served for alcohol…
10 – Kevin Smith – Jay and Silent Bob
The beard is kind of like a trademark for Kevin Smith and it seems were ever he goes the beard goes. The only thing different about him as Silent Bob in Jay and Silent Bob is the long hair he is rocking. He also directed and wrote the film too, something that not many people are aware of. If you have seen the guy without a beard you will agree that he looks very odd indeed.
9 – Al Pacino – Serpico
Yeah, that’s right, Al Pacino grew a beard back in 1973, probably before some of you reading this were born! Did you know: Scenes from the movie Serpico had to be filmed in reverse order, with Al Pacino’s beard being cut for each scene to give the impression of progression in the film? Can you imagine if he had the same beard when filming Scarface? Tony Montana would have looked more badass than he did.
8 – Robin Williams – Good Will Hunting
There must be something about getting to a certain age when you feel that you need to grow a beard and Robin Williams was at that stage during this film – I just wished he started growing it when he was much younger as it would have been massive! Its a shame this beard will no longer grace our movie screens, he will be missed.
7 – Chuck Norris – The Delta Force
He is the man that has spawned more memes than any other and I put a lot of that internet success down to his epic, chiselled beard and he keeps that same high quality trimmed bear through most of him movies, in fact…I can name a movie with him in which he hasn’t got a beard!
6 – George Clooney – Syriana
George Clooney injured his spine so bad in Syriana after a stunt didn’t go to plan that the actor considered taking his own life. If it makes it better George, your beard when playing the character Bob Barnes was amazing and you should definitely keep it – unless of course…it was a bad omen?
5 – Jean-Claude Van Damme – In Hell
If you have read the last few posts on this site then you will know I was once a big fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme and to my recollection, this is the first time Van Damme has opted for a beard with long hair. I think you will also find that he definitely should have gone with this look more often, especially with the movies in his prime.
4 – Zach Galifianakis – The Hangover
Just like Kevin Smith, Zach Galifianakis’s beard is a permanent feature of his face…but you know what? He looks awesome! Not many people can grow a beard in real life as thick as his, so good on him. If you have seen the movie The Hangover then you will know that Alan (Zach Galifianakis’s character) isn’t that sharpest knife in the box – which makes his character even funnier to watch, but without the beard, I reckon the movie wouldn’t have as big as it was.
3 – Ian McKellen- The Lord of the Rings
Told Gandalf, with his bushy eyebrows, long grey cloak, his pointed hat and his grey godlike beard, he is unmistakable for anyone else. Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White is over 2000 years old so he has had a fair bit of time you could say to grow his beard. Do you think for the first 1000 years he just grew a goatee? It would be funny if he did.
2 – Robbie Coltrane – Harry Potter
Now, this is what I call a proper beard and he has the hair to match. In fact, you’re not quite sure where his hair ends and his beard starts! Apparently Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane’s character in Harry Potter), not only got a fruit bat stuck in his beard during filming, but he also got a mini-fan caught too, which had to be cut out!
1 – Tom Hanks – Castaway
The production of Castaway was halted for a year, so Tom Hanks was able to grow his beard; his other goal was also to lose some weight for the role. It’s always awesome to know that it’s actually a real beard in the film; it makes the film much more believable. The director Robert Zemeckis used the same crew members he used to film Castaway to also film the movie What Lies Beneath – now that was convenient wasn’t it?
OK, OK, I know you will probably need a lay down after all this epic beardedness as it can be a lot to take in. Just remember: If you can’t grow a beard just give it a few years and it will come. It takes time to grow beards like the ten you have just seen, so be patient.