Once upon a time, chest hair was all the rage for the manliest of men -- just look at old pictures of Sean Connery, Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck. But these days a lot of beefy guys have forgone the hirsute look for much a smoother aesthetic, and it's especially prevalent in superhero movies, where even the hairiest hero has to shave his chest. Heck, "Daredevil" star Charlie Cox gets his chest waxed now that he's part of the Marvel family, and his character can't even SEE the results.
"That was a creative choice. And a painful one,” the actor told Entertainment Tonight. The comic book images that depict Matt Mudrock as smooth chested, he said, were "so iconic that you really have to adhere to them. And I think that that was a battle I lost.”
Which is too bad, because normally he looks like this:
But not everyone these days has been forced to give up their glorious hair for the camera. Here are just a few modern A-listers who don't let their uncannily smooth peers and co-stars (looking at you, Chris Hemsworth -- how does a supernatural space viking named "Thor" NOT have at least a little bit of a tuft going?) get them down.
Sadly Momoa only gets an honorable mention because despite him having clearly stolen all the chest hair of all his male "Game of Thrones" co-star to wear as his own, it looks like he MIGHT be going the smooth route himself for Aquaman (as we've been told, hairless skin is more hydrodynamic). But let's hope he holds out once filming starts and we get the sea-Khal that we've all been hoping for.
Of all the superheroes in the world, you'd expect Superman to have a smooth chest -- he's just so clean cut and goody-two-shoes, y'know? But "Man of Steel" star Cavill was allowed to show off his rugged side, thank God.
Of the guys on this list, Daniel admittedly has the LEAST amount of chest hair -- but I've also NEVER seen him without it, so he's clearly committed to the look.
You could make the argument that as someone in a period drama, Hamm faces less pressure to shave than the rest of his peers. But we can't imagine he'll get rid of all of this hair when "Mad Men" ends this year. It's his thing, now!
I have to imagine that somebody maybe tried to shave Statham once and didn't even get through the door before he was summarily dispatched.
Can you even picture a hairless Wolverine? Like, just try to conjure it up in your brain. It's impossible. Wolverine is chest hair personified, and so is Hugh Jackman, which really worked out for everybody.
Ruffalo's chest hair is so iconic that rather than ask him to get rid of it for his shirtless scenes in "The Avengers," Marvel actually recreated the same look on the Hulk's giant green chest -- which, to be honest, made the Hulk that much better looking and less creepy than previous CGI versions of the character.