Movember is now thankfully over, which means all of the ironic handlebars, mutton chops and Fu Manchus should be long gone at this point and the men in your life should have returned to their usual standard issue states of scruffiness. But some of us, like Goldie Hawn, are forced to live permanently in a mustachioed Groundhog’s Day scenario, in this case, courtesy of her partner Kurt Russell.
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If Kurt Russell has been off your radar for the past year or so, you may have missed out (and I mean really missed out) on the spectacular facial fashions he’s been cultivating. Since signing on to Quentin Tarantino’s new revenge-fueled Western, The Hateful Eight, the actor has bumped his usual low-key scruff up to epic proportions. Russell grew out his silver hair to his shoulders and transformed his mustache into a bushy, unkempt horseshoe style that renders him a perfect hybrid of Jeff Bridges in
and Deadwood‘s Al Swearengen.
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But even though Russell’s overblown handlebar has been wooing audiences nationwide, according to
, his longtime partner Goldie Hawn isn’t quite so enchanted with his voluptuous choice in facial hair. She claims that the ‘stache, which wasn’t just an aesthetic choice but “a lifestyle,” really put a damper on their love life, joking that due to those overgrown follicles, “It was like, ‘Where are those lips?’ I didn’t see them for a year and a half!”
In a recent interview with Today, Kurt confessed he doesn’t care much for the facial hair either, saying he and Goldie both realized “we were just going to have to muscle through it, but it was real nice when it finally came off.” He added that “pretty decent sweeper” took him about four months to grow and is more like “the mustache wearing the man,” jokingly adding “it deserves an award of its own!”
But not all celebrity wives hate the facial hair their husbands take on to get into character. For example, Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Pan may look like a poor man’s Tim Curry mixed with Johnny Weir, but his wife Debora-Lee Furness is apparently in love with the look. Jackman told
, “She likes a bad boy. She actually said Blackbeard, that kind of attitude, that works for her.”
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Others, like Megan Mullally aren’t given much of a choice when it comes to their significant other’s upper-lip decorations. After all, when you’re married to the man who plays Ron Swanson, the signature facial hair is pretty much non-negotiable. And Nick Offerman wouldn’t have it any other way, telling
, “I’m very hairy, and men in film and TV are no longer allowed to be hairy. If you’re going to be topless you have to wax everything. My uncles, who are farmers in Minooka, Illinois—I grew up with them and their pickup trucks and mustaches, and to me that was masculinity: big hairy sweaty guys who could pick up a bus.”
And it seems like Offerman is in the majority as many leading men refuse to chop off their coveted whiskers no matter what roles, or women, it may cost them. Like Tom Hardy, who when he was asked by Esquire to cut off his beard for his cover story for the magazine, famously told them, “I ain’t shaving my beard for you. To shave my beard off would be to cut my f***ing nuts off…and give them to you to sell.” At least Goldie Hawn can be thankful Kurt never got that attached to his overgrown scruff.
What do you think of Kurt Russell’s mustache? Do you like him better with or without facial hair? What type of facial hair do you prefer on a man?