Like Fitzwilliam Darcy emerging from the lake at Pemberley, Colin Firth has risen from the swampy waters of a weird period in his personal style and career choices, and is reborn anew as the extremely handsome gentleman we’ve loved so long. The key to his phoenix-like recovery from the disaster that was What A Girl Wants? Fifteen years and the magnificent, sumptuous, salt-and-peppered glory of his new beard.
Firth landed on our radar this morning with the announcement of his new film Supernova, in which he and our Forever Zaddy Stanley Tucci play a couple facing one partner’s dementia. (Could we pen a sentence more beautiful/heart-wrenching?!) Firth’s bearded glow-up, displayed prominently and deliciously in the film’s promo photos, got us thinking about how sometimes all it takes is a little facial hair to make a big difference.
Because our Colin, of course, is not the first celebrity man to harness the power of the beard to make a comeback. In fact, we’re convinced that Chapter 53 of the How to Get Hot Again handbook is entirely dedicated to growing a beard. Specifically, it’s fast becoming the go to move among Hollywood men of a certain age.
Cue the gratuitous round up of famous older men who’ve gone full silver fox with their facial hair.
Steve Carell, 57
How do you transition from funny man to full fledged Hollywood hottie? Do what Steve Carrell did and embrace the grey, hire a new stylist, and grow.that.beard.
Will Smith, 51
Making a strong case for the genteel goatee option, the eternally fresh prince (seriously, he has not aged since 1991) combined his return to the spotlight with this understated hair growth.
Pierce Brosnan, 66
The Best Bond (soz, Daniel Craig) applied for his license to thrill-our-eyes when he left clean shaven-ness behind, told the hair dye to Die Another Day and embraced his inner sea captain.
Tom Hanks, 63
Tom has grown a beard before, and it was…not good. When he tried it again in later life, however, it was nothing like the scraggly, bedraggled terror of Castaway. The star was recently in Toronto, visiting Grinder Coffee and showing off that sexy beard.
Idris Elba, 47
Truly a case of gilding the lily, but were we complaining when this British fox grew out a bit of rakish scoff? Heck no.
Prince Harry, 35 and James Middleton, 32
Neither of these men are remotely near 50, but they’re worth including to highlight a special function of the Glow Up Beard: It’s statistically proven to improve the hotness of Royals and Royal-adjacents by a whopping 500%, reduces perceptions of growing bald spots by 65% and increases your odds of finding your one true love by 1,000%. Both of these men, after all, got engaged after they harnessed the power of the facial follicle.
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