Magic Mike is only days away from hitting theaters, which means fans are more anxious than ever to uncover any tantalizing tidbits these hunky stars are willing to tease (emphasis on the tease.) To tide us over until next Friday, star Matthew McConaughey gave the goods on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. And by goods we mean admitted that he was asked to wax his nether region.
But McConaughey isn’t the only male actor who’s had to endure their fair share of excessive — and sometimes painful and traumatizing — forms of male grooming. So in honor of McConaughey’s dedication to his craft, here’s a look at some of the best manscaping moments in movie history. Feel their pain.
Pain is beauty, beauty is pain. A statement Carell can attest to all too well. Hands down, the funniest grooming scene in cinema history, Carell’s commitment to the bit (he sacrificed his own chest for the sake of comedy) had audiences screaming with laughter. Not to mention screaming, “Oh, Kelly Clarkson!” any time they got waxed, too.
A woman’s work is never done. Particularly when you’re actually a 40-year-old man taking on the look and identity of a 70-year-old woman. Now that’s dedication. While he didn’t commit like the other guys on the list — Hello! No shaved legs?! — s/he certainly had his family fooled.
Hoffman took manscaping to the max, shaving his entire body and even plucking his eyebrows all so he can pretend to be a woman pretending to be another woman. (Got all that?) But all the grooming didn’t go unnoticed: Hoffman created an iconic character and earned an Oscar nod for his work on the film.
Kevin McCallister learned what it meant to be a man after experiencing the bittersweet sting of aftershave during his very first home alone shower. This classic moment was undoubtedly the highlight of Culkin’s career and most likely sent little boys scurrying off to their father’s bathroom to see what all the fuss was about. AHHHHHHH.
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