Movember means thousands of men in the UK and around the world are growing moustaches to raise awareness for men’s health. To celebrate we look at the best moustaches in film.
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During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
With Movember 2012 past the halfway point, some people may be starting to sag under the immense pressure of the hair on their top lip. To keep you motivated, Top 10 Films takes a look at some of the finest upper lip adornments to have appeared in movies.
Charlie Chaplin as The Little Tramp in Kid Auto Races at Venice
Charlie Chaplin’s trailblazing toothbrush style moustache was first seen in the 1914 motion picture Kid Auto Races in Venice, several years before infamous war criminal Adolf Hitler made the look popular.
Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman
Backed up by his incredibly good looks and male charm, Ron Burgundy’s moustache was just the tip of the iceberg which left him irresistible to all women.
Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum in Magnum P.I.
The boom in powerful moustaches during the 80s was all thanks to one man and two initials; Magnum P.I.
David Tomlinson as Emelius Brown in Bedknobs and Broomsticks
David Tomlinson manages to capture the true spirit of the 40s spiv in classic children’s fantasy adventure musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The seemingly innocent growth belies the underhand motives of a breed of man that would happily nick my things and sell my stuff for cash – probably back to me.
Dustin Hoffman as Captain James Hook in Hook
The twitching, greasy slug stretched out on Dustin Hoffman’s top lip was one of the creepiest things in Hook, bettered only by Robin Williams in tights.
Bob Hoskins as Mario in Super Mario Bros.
Ex-BT salesman Bob Hoskins stunned audiences with his moustache in thrilling science fiction adventure Super Mario Bros. Maybe if Bob had put as much effort into selling phone deals as he did growing moustaches he’d still have his job at BT.
Sir Edward Elgar as himself in The Man Behind the Mask
English Romantic Composer Sir Edward Elgar had the definitive Victorian moustache. To examine the ferocious facial feature in detail, one need only watch The Man Behind the Mask, John Bridcut’s 2010 Elgar biopic, which grants enthusiasts access to rare personal photos and film footage of the famous whiskers.
Thomas F. Wilson as Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in Back to the Future III
The third installment of iconic trilogy Back to the Future sees the first incarnation of a Tannen with a moustache, and it’s a terrific effort: a full length handlebar, slightly turned at the ends, backed up by a classic 5 o’clock shadow.
Basil Rathbone as Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood
Errol Flynn may have been billed as the main star in 1938 swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood, however, the moustache worn by Basil Rathbone in the role of Sir Guy of Gisbourne stole the show. His superb Pre Raphaelite replica was not only haughty, it was arrogant; the perfect moustache for an evil henchman of the exorbitant Sheriff of Nottingham.
Nicolas Cage as John McLoughlin in World Trade Center
Nicolas Cage’s moustache has appeared only fleetingly during the Hollywood superstar’s glittering acting career, most memorably in 2006 disaster film World Trade Centre, with many critics citing this as Cage’s greatest facial hair performance to date.
Your turn – what are your favourite moustaches in film?
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