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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/12/2010

George Clooney and his beard

By Liz Kelly

(Getty Images)

Perhaps it's the harsh Lake Como winters or the influence of bearded bosom buddy Brad Pitt, but George Clooney has joined the bearded man club. He showed off his new facial fuzz on Monday at the 2009 New York Film Critic's Circle Awards, which he attended with girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis (who herself recently launched a new career as the new -- ummm -- "trunk" of Roberto Cavalli underwear).

This isn't Clooney's first run at facial hair. He briefly sported a beard in 2007 and, in 2008, rocked a mustache for his role in "Men Who Stare at Goats." Just for good measure, I had better throw in this pic of Clooney sporting a robust mullet back in the '80s.

By Liz Kelly  | January 12, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
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Comments

he looks like Dos equis most interesting man, but we know he is even better.

Posted by: spg2 | January 12, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

When I read the headline about Clooney's beard, I thought we'd talking about his latest girlfriend.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | January 12, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

YIKES!!! That mullet is truly terrifying. The beard looks great in that Maxim spread, but his is kinda gristly-looking.

Posted by: northgs | January 12, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"he looks like Dos equis most interesting man"

Posted by: spg2

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/squint

Oh man, he kind of does. That beard is actually moderately appealing now.

Still, anything's better than the porno 'stache from 2008. (Although if he and Brad Pitt grow matching "scraggly hippie" beards, I may have to re-evaluate that statement.)

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 12, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

A close shaven beard on Clooney is great, but the moustache alone doesn't do anything for me.

Posted by: changling | January 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Is Canalis the official camel toe of Cavalli underwear?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 12, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Even George Clooney looked silly in the 80's.

Posted by: kirstenpaulson | January 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The beard is definitely an improvement on the porn' 'stache.

As long as he doesn't start braiding it or adding beads, my fantasies will continue uninterrupted.

Posted by: dablues1 | January 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Dorkus, considering the speculation, I had the same thought.

Posted by: epjd | January 12, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

My husband grows winter beards and I've become acclimated to it. In fact, I now kind of like them - they're manly. George Clooney is a throwback manly actor, so the beard suits him perfectly.

I'm with dablues1 on this though: Deppify it and I'm out.

Posted by: em15 | January 12, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

As long as he doesn't start braiding it or adding beads, my fantasies will continue uninterrupted.

Posted by: dablues1 | January 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Tee hee.

Posted by: jezebel3 | January 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Clooney has a kitchen pass and I won't throw him out if he has a beard.

Love the term "deppified", em15, and nominate it to the lizard lexicon.

Posted by: hodie | January 12, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

He'll pick up the shaver again when it starts coming in all white.

Posted by: mdreader01 | January 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

He'll pick up the shaver again when it starts coming in all white.

Posted by: mdreader01 | January 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if his cuffs match his collars.........

Posted by: jezebel3 | January 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Dorkus beat us all to it: My take was going to be:

What do you think of Clooney's beard: I think she's gorgeous. Oh, we're talking about the facial hair. Nevermind.

Posted by: yellojkt | January 12, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on, Liz set it all up that way on purpose. Remarking on her "beard" pun was like shooting fish in a barrel.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

So if a "beard" is a female companion for a closeted gay man, what is a "mustache"?

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 12, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

À propos of Bawlmer's inquiry, what's the term for a male companion of a closeted gay woman? (Keep it clean, Lizards)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 12, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

À propos of Bawlmer's inquiry, what's the term for a male companion of a closeted gay woman? (Keep it clean, Lizards)

--Nosy

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Nosy, I hope the male companion keeps it clean.

For your consideration:

Sack
Package
Phallus
Foreskin
Able Seaman <-- Note, that's SeAmAn
Boarhog, as in *its on a....
Conan, as in O'Brien
Pointer

FWIW, the first Ms. Snatchquatch had big time hots for the 1980s version of George Clooney.


Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 12, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sas, it's a lucky thing I wasn't consuming a beverage whilst reading your suggested terminology.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Nosy, perhaps we could name the term after Meredith Baxter's ex.

"Hi, I'm Meredith Baxter and this is my Birney...or is that my Bernie?"

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 12, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

In keeping w/the hirsute terminology, how about

Bouffant?

Posted by: dablues1 | January 13, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh I absolutely love his new beard. It looks gorgous on him and looks like the next new Burt Reynolds. Watched his newest movie men who stare at goats streaming free. 2muchtv.info

Posted by: mrkterns00 | January 17, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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