Following the same poor Hollywood advice on what a leading man should look like on film, Matthew Goode seems to have fallen into the same predictable facial hair trap that originated in the 80's with Don Johnson.
He isn't the first to mimic the "Number 2" blade shave, with recent fans of the same look to include Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Johnny Dep, Orlando Bloom, Robert Downey. Jr., Jude Law, we could go on for pages.
While Goode's love interest in the film, played by Amy Adams, seems to fall for the same Celtic bad-boy look as orchestrated by the script. Adams, who was wonderful in the film as well as in Julie & Julia, questions the same stereotype. "I think we all liked that rough exterior image when were teenage girls, but honestly, nothing hurts more in a romantic scene than a sandpaper face like that", Adams says.
The Hollywood trend has continued since the 80's and may tie back to who does the actual casting for most romantic movies. Led by the GMCA, or Gay Men's Casting Association, the scruffy look seems to be their personal preference with an assumption that adult women prefer the same look. "I just love a tough looking, scruffy man", says Haywood Japoundme of the GMCA.
The Heterosexual Women's Casting Association disagrees. "Any woman will tell you that they hand their lover a razor before any serious body munching takes place", says Cindy Reasoner of the HWCA. "The mechanics of intimacy are a bit different for the GMCA boys if you think about it. They are completely out of touch with hetero romantic reality."
"That's a two way street in the hetero world", says male secretary to the HWCA. "I'd like to hand some of my dates a razor too, to trim down those hedges before I dive in. Face rash goes both ways."