It takes a lot of effort for Hugh Jackman to look anything less than handsome at all times. Sure, there’s the occasional awkward running picture or a bad haircut for a period film, but for the most part, his dashing good looks prevail. However, nothing tests that theory quite like a dramatic new look, like the bald-head-with-full-beard that he’s currently rocking for his role as Blackbeard in Joe Wright’s upcoming film Pan. Jackman unveiled a picture of himself and his newly shorn head on Tuesday morning, and while we’re still torn on his new haircut, there’s no doubt that Jackman can pull off a pirate beard like very few others could.
After all, Jackman has a lot more experience with film-required facial hair than almost anyone in Hollywood. So, the real question here isn't whether Jackman still looks good with his new look - of course he does! - but whether this beard is better than all of the other movie beards that the triple-threat has grown over the years. Sure, it belongs to a legendary pirate, but is it better than the iconic Wolverine mutton chops? How about his scraggly convict look from Les Miserables? In order to prove, once and for all, which Jackman beard reigns supreme, we've ranked the actor's many movie beards.
7. Mountain Man Logan in The Wolverine You'd think it would be impossible to make Wolverine, one of the hottest superheroes of all time, unattractive, but it turns out that all it takes is the combination of a scraggly, unruly beard and some limp, greasy hair extensions.
6. Wace in Erkinsville Kings While Jackman's doing his best to make that patchy goatee work, it's just too uneven and awkwardly grown to properly highlight those cheekbones. Plus, it makes him look old and haggard, which are two words that should never be used to describe him.
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5. Jean Valjean in Les Miserables If you consider that the prison Valjean spent 15 years locked away in mot likely didn't have things like razors, running water or the concept of basic grooming, the resulting beard isn't actually that bad.
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4. Keller Dover in Prisoners It's not the best movie beard that Jackman has ever worn, but do you really want to be the one to tell that guy to shave it off? He'll probably strangle you if you even think anything bad about his facial hair.
3. Blackbeard in Pan Not since Johnny Depp put gold fronts on his teeth to play Jack Sparrow has an actor gone from "regular guy" to "full-blown pirate" so quickly. And Jackman didn't even need any extensions.
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2. Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men films It might seem blasphemous to deny Jackman's most iconic character the top spot, but when you really stop and think about it, that mutton chop/chin beard hybrid is pretty stupid-looking. It's a testament to Jackman's good looks that he manages to pull it off so well.
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1. Drover in Australia Australia might not be a very good movie, but it did give the world the gift of Jackman as a rugged, scruffy cowboy, and for that, we will be eternally grateful - although not grateful enough to stop making jokes about it.
Celebrities have been embracing the wonders of Instagram and Twitpics for years now, flooding Twitter with behind-the-scenes snapshots and the occasional "selfie" to give fans reasons to come back for more. No longer will Kim Kardashian's brunch be a mystery, thanks to the technology of social media.
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So it's not surprising that other major players of the entertainment industry would turn to Twitter to rev up the momentum on their own projects. When production began on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 last week, director Marc Webb went photo crazy, sending mysterious shots from the set straight to the web and eager fans' imaginations into a tizzy. Now X-Men and Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer is jumping on board the Twitpic revelation train, tweeting out his own teaser photos for the upcoming comic book sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
In the pic, Singer teases the giant conceit of the film: the two X-Men universes established on the big screen — Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellan on one side, First Class youngsters James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence on the other — will collide in Days of Future Past. Singer's reveal for the action movie event was as small scale as they come: two empty wheelchairs, one from the past Professor X and one from the future.
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Will the mere shock of seeing his future self become the causation of Charles Xavier's baldness? We'll find out when X-Men: Days of Future Pastarrives July 18, 2014.
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1. Marc Webb and Spider-Man Get Busy.
The names being thrown around for the next Spider-Man cast include Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Bell, Josh Hutcherson and Alden Ehrenreich. Do any of those names stand out? For me, the answer is no. Many of them are compelling actors you've seen before, and a couple have interesting stories with regards to how they were discovered, but these aren't names that the general public will be able to rally around. Which is incredibly smart. Why? Because Webb is now in the process of lowering expectations, and that starts with keeping the audience off-balance. This won't be the same singin' and dancin' Tobey Maguire. This is a new Spidey. You don't know about this Spidey. And that gives this reboot a decent shot at finding a receptive audience. This is the part Shrek franchise completely missed. They made a third film that lost the audience, and then went out and made a fourth one that looked exactly the same. The third Spider-Man turned off a portion of the audience, and this reinvention will allow them to forgive and forget that frustration.
Well played, Webb, well played.
2. Atlas Shrugged Needs Humans.
It's already a daunting task, an 1,100 page book distilled down to a 127-page screenplay, but the production crew involved here clearly isn't making it easy on themselves. They don't currently have a cast. Which will make it tougher to film the movie. Plus, the concepts of Atlas Shrugged are daunting, which is why it's gone through half a dozen stops and starts over the past four decades. The most likely outcome for Atlas Shrugged is a Watchmen scenario. They'll honor the source material ... while completely missing the general public. That is, if they find people to actually be in the film.
3. Hugh Hefner, Just in General.
I was watching Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel when a thought occurred to me. Has there been a more influential person over the past century? Think of the topics he's personally broached through Playboy and his own activism: Censorship, The McCarthy trials, the sexual revolution, civil rights, women's rights, sodomy laws, drug laws, contraception, and on and on it goes. Of course Hefner's personal life is tricky business, and in some ways it has sapped his rightful legacy, but you can't dispute that the guy was twenty to forty years ahead of where the culture was headed. You could argue Oppenheimer was more influential (nuclear weapons) if you were feeling cheeky, but I think the things Hefner touched affect our day to day lives more often. Anyhow, check out the documentary if you get a chance, it's worth a watch.
4. MI4 vs. Sherlock Holmes 2!
Whoa. Tom Cruise vs. Robert Downey Jr., big dumb fun vs. intellectual and blessedly rights-free Sherlock. Both are now scheduled for December 16, 2011. But there can be only one, Highlander! You've got to think that one of the tent pole projects will move off this date. Which one? If I had to bet I'd say Mission Impossible 4. Brad Bird will finish early, and they'll move it up. In some strange way Sherlock Holmes is now the more established product and can play this game of chicken with leverage.
5. Prince of Persia Gets a Pass, while Sex and the City Gets Crushed.
In hindsight, it was a predictable outcome. Sex and the City 2, being released in a down economy, gives critics a chance to lash out against rampant consumerism. Prince of Persia, coming out a day later, gives critics a chance to say "Hey, we like movies too!" Only it's all mixed up, because Sex and the City 2 was executed on a much higher level. They meant to make it an impossible fantasy, whereas I'm fairly certain the writers behind Prince of Persia didn't purposefully leave out any hint of a coherent story.
Additionally, why in the world are these two films coming out on the same weekend when the focal point of the marketing for Prince of Persia has been Jake Gyllenhaal's abs? Persia should have come out next weekend, when it could have faced off against a bunch of tomato cans. Regardless, this weekend presents us with a controversial choice: materialism vs. mediocrity. It's in your hands now, ticket buyers. Don't let us down.
On that note, I hope you all have a great weekend, full of only easy choices!
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Laremy is the lead critic and senior producer for a website named Film.com. He's also available on Twitter.