There are beards, there are movie beards, and then there are movie beards you should emulate. These are the facial follicles that have stood the test of cinematic time, the beards that have risen above the rest and stand on the Mt. Olympus of epic beard-dom. Any of these would make a fine choice to have as your face fur, so don’t be afraid to choose more than one style from this list of six movie beards you should emulate.
Zach Galifianakis in “The Hangover.” Zach’s turn as Alan in “The Hangover” was memorable for a lot of reasons (wolf pack, anyone?), but his beard was high on the list of why he stood out among the cast. It’s the kind of beard that belongs to a man who might drop ecstasy in your drink in the hopes of having a really good time. The beard manages to be shapely and shaggy at the same time, a feat that has to be difficult to pull off for most people, but not for someone as lovably insane as Zach.
Tommy Chong in “Up In Smoke.” This is the prototypical stoner beard from which all other stoner beards draw their inspiration. You want to emulate this beard if you ever are looking to enter a battle of the bands or want to drive a truck made entirely out of illegal substances across the border. That’s probably not the best idea, but this beard would go a long way toward making it better.
Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive.” This is the perfect beard to emulate if you want to find out who really killed your wife while you run from the feds. Those federal agents can be tough to beat, so you need the right beard in order to get the job done. Take a cue from Richard Kimble’s style and don this intellectual-yet-unpredictable style the next time you’re on a quest for justice.
Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski.” With this White Russian-stained beard style, you can let everyone know, “This aggression will not stand, man.” Whether you’re hitting the lanes or you’re throwing a bag full of underwear to a bunch of nihilists, this Dude-esque beard is the perfect style to emulate. “The Dude abides.”
Ian McKellen in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy. Ah, the perfect beard for all you aspiring wizards out there. You may not necessarily get the chance to battle a balrog as you fall through the center of the world, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock this epic beard daily. Walking through the woods with a big stick can go from “peaceful” to “legendary” when you emulate this movie beard.
Gordon Liu in “Kill Bill, Vol. 2.” Pai Mei, the centuries-old martial arts master, rocks a serious Fu-Manchu moustache/beard combination in this flick. Even if people confuse you with Shang Tsung from “Mortal Kombat,” this beard is pretty much full of win. Pretend you know Kung Fu and sport this awesome movie beard.
There you go, you furry-faced movie-lovers. All of these beards are begging for you to try them on, so go ahead and emulate your favorite bearded movie heroes. It’s a virtual guarantee that your quality of life is going to improve ten-fold. Wear them with pride, friends!