Robert Pattinson is arguably the most popular English actor of his generation. He first came to prominence in the role of a swashbuckling English gentleman in the 2004 film adaptation of the popular Agatha Christie novel The Man in the Brown Suit. Since then, the 28-year-old has starred in a string of critically and financially successful films, most notably the Twilight franchise, which made him a household name.

While the majority of his films have been hits, it’s fair to say that he hasn’t always been fortunate. In 2014, his cost-per-mile driven tour van broke down, and it was forced to pull over and stop traffic. When he got out to take a look at the vehicle, fans and onlookers surrounded him, demanding an autograph and a photo with him. He wasn’t alone, either – at least a dozen paparazzi were camped out nearby, hoping to capture the handsome English actor on film.

In the ensuing frenzy, a scuffle broke out between a photographer and Pattinson. The actor was subsequently punched in the face and lost a tooth — the camera still rolled. Fortunately, no police reports were filed and no charges were laid. For his part, Pattinson issued an apology, saying he was “ashamed” and “mortified” by the incident. Most of his fans and followers were reportedly not happy with his apology, feeling that he had minimized the violence and aggression perpetrated by the paparazzi.

Since then, Pattinson has adopted a more subdued and private lifestyle. He rarely grants interviews and shuns social media, choosing instead to communicate with fans through Instagram and Twitter.

But, as Hollywood gets more and more obsessed with looks and beauty, perhaps it’s time for Pattinson to slip back into his old self. Or, at least, his old hair cut. For over a decade, the English actor sported a full and bushy beard, which he sported with pride. But, as he’s gotten older, he’s started to question whether or not he should be growing facial hair. Just last month, he began shaving off his full and glorious beard for a role in the upcoming Peter Pan origin movie, which he also wrote and directed.

So, what did make Pattinson decide to go clean-shaven? Weighing in on the matter with The New York Times, his on-set hair and makeup designer Mark McConnell said that the decision was pretty simple.

“I think, really, the biggest thing is that he’s comfortable with who he is. He doesn’t have to prove himself to anyone anymore. He’s always been a vulnerable person, and I think that he can now show himself in a way that he feels comfortable with,” McConnell told the paper. “Plus, I think he just wants to evolve and grow as an actor.”

Pattinson is the latest in a long line of Hollywood heavyweights to shave off their facial hair. Among the notable figures who have done the same include Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, and Harrison Ford. So, what made these stars (and others) decide to go clean-shaven? Let’s take a look.

Why Do Film Stars Care About Facewear?

Just because someone is famous doesn’t mean that they have to look like a mess every time they step out of their dressing room. Hollywood is a world filled with gorgeous women and handsome men, and, for the most part, these individuals choose to keep their facial hair.

That being said, there are a number of compelling reasons why professional film stars opt for a clean-shaven look. Let’s take a look, shall we?

A Bit More Confident Appearance

It’s beyond doubt that Hollywood is a world of make-up artists and hair and beauty experts. These individuals are responsible for transforming the screen legends into the beautiful women and men that we all love to watch and adore. So, if you ever wondered how they get their famous faces ‘off’, it’s because of science and crafty products.

As wonderful and incredible as they are, make-up and hair artistry aren’t everything. Sometimes, these individuals can put you in a bad mood or a sad state of mind. Not to mention that, sometimes, they just aren’t that great at applying the products or doing the tricks that they teach you. When you’re in front of a camera, none of that matters – at least, not usually.

By shaving off your facial hair, you’re sending a message to the world, as well as to those on set, that yes, you are indeed a confident and secure man. Or woman. Although, ideally, you’d want to go full-bosomed and gorgeous, being clean-shaven can certainly pull off a more impressive and dominant appearance. It’s about time that you started taking matters into your own hands, people.

No More Beard Oil

Hollywood is filled with famous faces, and many of them are very, very clean-shaven. While we love an authentic full-bushy beard, they don’t always grow well, and itchy beards are the worst. So, if you’re prone to beards, you might want to consider shaving them off. Not to mention that beard oil is never a good idea – it can cause allergies and irritations. So, if you’re growing facial hair, try to avoid using oils on any form of skin that you’re not willing to shave off. It’s simple common sense – if something itches, you should probably scratch it. The same goes for oils. Plus, if you’re going to be in a cold climate, be sure to wear gloves to keep your hands at the right temperature.

A Bit More Respectful Of Others

It’s time to evolve, and this is definitely the way to do it. While we’re all for respecting and appreciating your talent and amazing abilities, there’s no reason to be disrespectful to others just because they’re different. Remember: we’re all human beings first and foremost, and we should always be mindful of this fact.

Shaving off your facial hair doesn’t mean that you’re any less of a man (or woman) than the next guy – it just means that you’ve evolved and decided that you want to be more respectful of yourself and others. So, in a way, you’re telling the world: “I can be gentle and kind when it comes to myself and others – I know who I am and what I want, and I’m not going to let anyone or anything stand in the way of me getting it.” Or, at least, not much.

More In Tune With Nature

It’s been said that a shaved face brings out the best in everyone. Well, we can’t argue with that! When you remove the hair, you allow pores to breath and skin to ‘awaken’. So, if you’re ever in doubt about your appearance, simply shave off your facial hair and feel more at ease. At least, until the next wardrobe malfunction or bad hair day strikes.

Being in tune with nature is a great way to look and feel your best. Plus, if you feel that facial hair inhibits your ability to express yourself or be the best that you can be, why not go ahead and take it off? You might just end up feeling that you’re in complete agreement with Mother Nature. 

There are many pros and cons to shaving off your facial hair. However, if you’re serious about wanting to improve your appearance, why not give it a try? You might just end up finding that it’s the best thing that could have happened to you. At least, until the next Hollywood remake of Sherlock Holmes.