Mustache, hamster with lips, cookie dust, macho stash, grizzlies from Utah. Although some of the nicknames raise eyebrows, mustaches are becoming increasingly popular.
On Netflix The gray manRyan Gosling calls out co-star Chris Evans’ character for his “trash.”
According to Jargon dictionary, the term usually refers to “a mustache that is never shaved but is extremely thin and small.” Gosling’s comment is pretty damning, then.
As the baddie Lloyd Hansen, Evans has a mustache that’s too bushy to be considered weak, but has unfortunate 70s undertones and looks more sleazy than suave.
in Top Gun: Maverickactor Miles Teller plays Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw and grows a heroically badass mustache to ensure audiences know he’s the offspring of Nick “The Goose” Bradshaw from the original 1986 film.
Henry Cavill, best known for his role as the chiseled, clean-shaven Superman, grew a mustache that turned out to be quite expensive. The actor was contractually obligated to support him during filming Mission Impossible – Falloutbut the problem arose when he was called back for Superman pictures for League of Justice. He can’t shave his lip and risks breaking the contract, the creators of League of Justice were forced to remove the mustache digitally, frame by frame.
For his role in the 2008 film Inglourious Basterds, Brad Pitt sported a mustache curled like his character, drawing derision from most quarters. Even George Clooney couldn’t pull off the hideous “tache” he wore for the 2019 comedy series. Catch-22.
Cinema in general has a long and often dubious history of facial fluff, from the days of the silver screen – think Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and David Niven – to more recent times. In the 1975 film The Man Who Would Be KingSean Connery, who regularly sported a moustache, had a mustache so large it merged with his sideburns, while Daniel Day-Lewis made the facial hair truly terrifying in his role in the 2002 film. Gangs of New York.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s innocently clumsy alter ego Borat also sported a moustache, while Johnny Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean with tache atop plaited goatee. In 2019, Robert Downey Jr. caused a Twitter storm about the film Avengers: Endgame when he tweeted a photo of himself with co-stars Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, all sporting mustaches and the words: “Who wore it best?”
Robert Redford finally masters the art of the mustache in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
It’s not just men. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow sported the world’s most unconvincing mustache for her Oscar-winning role in Shakespeare in Lovewhile Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was adamant about including her mustache in self-portraits, along with her monobrows and body braces, making it an unmistakable part of her identity.
Musicians Prince, Lionel Richie and Freddie Mercury all sported mustaches as part of their persona, while rapper Snoop Dogg had one on and off for most of his career. Burt Reynolds was never seen without it, while Tom Selleck, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Hulk Hogan made it their signature look.
And it’s not just celebrities who get paid to grow facial hair. Some men, it seems, have chosen to grow mustaches because they like it. England’s King Charles I had a lavish one, as did Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, American gunslinger Wyatt Earp, writer Mark Twain, artist Salvador Dali, scientist Albert Einstein and activist Martin Luther King.
In proof that these men are not alone, the annual mustache and beard championship chooses a new host city each year, demonstrating a niche but global appeal. Divided into categories for mustaches, partial beards, full beards and “crafts”, this is definitely not for amateurs.
Updated: August 05, 2022, 7:12 am