July 21, 2006

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Silent Bob and Dante

silentBob.jpgdante.jpgRecognize these guys? You should. Well, at least one of them. On the left is writer/director/actor Kevin Smith, AKA Silent Bob, who back in 1994 gave us Clerks, a low-budget comedy about average guys in New Jersey with dead-end jobs. And on the right is Brian O'Halloran, AKA Dante, one of the clerks in said movie. Why are they significant today? Clerks 2 opens in theaters near you.

Now one of these guys has gone on to have a very successful career in Hollywood, opened a couple of comic book stores, and written a script for Superman. The other... well... not so much.

What's the difference? Personally, I think it's the goatee. Look at that thing. It's just hanging there on his face. Looks like you could peel it off. Now look at Kevin Smith. While Kevin has the hair of a goatee, he's also got the rest of a beard. I think it anchors the facial hair around the mouth to the rest of his head. His beard flows from head to chin. Where does it start? Where does it end? Brian's goatee is jarring, unnatural, sudden.

Shave it or save it? Kevin's doing all right. Don't change a thing. Brian? Let's make a few alterations.

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Posted by Russell Neufeld at July 21, 2006 8:44 AM
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