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The 22 Most Badass Beards In Cinema
Is that a rat on your chin or are you just awesome?

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Let’s get down to it, ladies and gents: beards are great. They keep you warm, they look cool, and they store food for you in case you get peckish later. And as an extra value-added bonus, they also make you look ever-so-very-manly. Even if you normally look like a walking, talking mop with pipe cleaners for arms and a half-moon for a face, one beard strategically applied to your cheeks and suddenly you’re a hairy Adonis. To celebrate that fact, and rejoice in all the hirsute actors in Hollywood, here’s our 22 favourite movie beards for you to stare at longingly.

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The 22 Most Badass Beards In Cinema | The
The "Gandalf"

Man behind the beard: Ian McKellen
Film: The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
Character played: Gandalf the Grey / Gandalf the White.
Real or fake? Fake, alas.

Though the majority of beards in this list are going to be full-on, thick and curly, semi-Santa, neck-chin-and-‘tache jobs, there was no way we couldn’t kick things off with Ian McKellen’s Gandalf beard – the longest, strongest, whitest beard cinema’s ever dared bring to the screen.

Supported by extensive hair streaming from his atop his wise ol' head, there are moments in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy where Gandalf looks like he’s mainly made out of hair, rather than, say, wizardy goodness. Still, it’s pretty understandable when you remember that he’s over 2000 years old – we reckon even the least hirsute members of Empire could whip up a decent bit of chin growth in a millennium or two. Hopefully, anyway.
 

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1 Re: No Seneca Crane?!
Aah sincere apologies, I've only just noticed the date on this thing. Cheeky Ali directing me to an old feature to distract me from The Fassbender. More

Posted by polkadotty5 on Tuesday April 17, 2012, 14:51

2 No Seneca Crane?!
Is it too groomed for you and therefore deemed inadequately manly? There is nothing more badass than a man who takes care of his facial hair well. More

Posted by polkadotty5 on Tuesday April 17, 2012, 14:47

3 The "Cap'n Jack"
The "Cap'n Jack" beard is fake. One the behind the scenes of the film is partly Johnny Depp in the make-up chair saying that the majority of the beard is fake because he can't grow his own! :) More

Posted by Castiel on Saturday August 20, 2011, 16:03

4 The "Cap'n Jack"
The "Cap'n Jack" beard is fake. On the behind the scenes of the film, part of it is Johnny Depp in the make-up chair saying that the majority of the beard is fake because he can't grow his own! :) More

Posted by Castiel on Saturday August 20, 2011, 16:00

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