Mustache, lip hamster, cookie vacuum, macho-stache, Utah grizzly. Even if some of the monikers raise eyebrows, the mustache is gaining popularity.
on the Netflix website The gray manRyan Gosling calls out co-star Chris Evans’ character for his “trash-tache.”
In accordance with City Dictionary, the term usually refers to “a mustache that has never been shaved but is very weak and small”. So Gosling’s comment is meant to be quite tentative.
Playing bad guy Lloyd Hansen, Evans sports a mustache that’s too cool to be considered weak, but with an unfortunate 70s tinge that comes off as more lazy than decent.
In Top Gun: Maverickactor Miles Teller plays Lt. Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw and grows a heroically badass mustache to ensure audiences realize he’s a descendant of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw from the original 1986 film.
Henry Cavill, best known for playing a polished, clean-shaven Superman, grew a mustache that turned out to be quite expensive. The actor was contractually obligated to maintain it throughout the filming Mission: Impossible – Falloutbut a problem arose when he was called back for reshoots as Superman Justice League. Unable to shave their lip and risk breach of contract, the makers Justice League were forced to remove the mustache digitally, frame by frame.
For a role in the 2008 film The infamous goals, Brad Pitt grew a mustache as twisted as his character, poking out from most corners. Even George Clooney couldn’t shake off the hideous gear he wore to the 2019 comedy series. Catch-22.
Cinema in general has a long and often questionable history with 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 wore a moustache, had it so wide that it grew to the side of his nose, 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 lazy alter ego Borat also donned a moustache, while Johnny Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow. Pirates of the Caribbean braided goatees with ‘tache on top. In 2019, Robert Downey Jr. caused a Twitter storm for the movie Avengers: Endgame when he tweeted a picture of himself with co-stars Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo, all mustaches and the words: “Who wore it best?”
Robert Redford finally mastered the art of the mustache in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
This is not just for men. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow wore the world’s most unconvincing mustache to her Oscars Shakespeare in Lovewhile Mexican artist Frida Kahlo persistently incorporated her mustache into self-portraits, along with her monobrow and body splints, making them an unmistakable part of her identity.
Musicians Prince, Lionel Richie and Freddie Mercury grew mustaches as part of their persona, while rapper Snoop Dogg has sported a mustache for most of his career. Burt Reynolds was never seen without it, while Tom Selleck, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Hulk Hogan have made it their signature look.
And it’s not just celebrities who get paid to grow facial hair. Some men seem to choose to grow mustaches because they like it. England’s King Charles I had a brilliant 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.
Proof that these men are not alone, the annual Mustache and Beard Championship chooses a new host city each year, showcasing a niche but global appeal. Categorized into mustaches, partial beards, full beards and craft, it’s definitely not for amateurs.
Updated: August 5, 2022 at 7:12 a.m