By Sharon Clott Kanter
Nov 11, 2014 @ 5:41 pm
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Ladies, in case you haven’t noticed, Spider-Man’s got a beard.

Andrew Garfield is growing out his fluff, developing a caveman look for a new role—go figure—which he revealed to us earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Our hunch is that it's probably for Martin Scorsese’s Silence, in which he’s set to play a Jesuit priest from the 17th century.) At the time we spoke to him, he was in the Canadian city to promote his film 99 Homes, which paints a bleak picture of those affected by the national housing crisis. Talking about his facial scruff was not a priority. But he obliged.

His reason: “I never thought I’d be able to do it,” he said. “And I like it. Yes, it’s for a role, but I’m using that as an excuse just because I like it.” He also said he takes care of the facial hair, using beard balm, which “calms it down and makes it smooth.”

But it’s not a big deal, he reiterated. “It’s silly that everyone’s talking about the beard, like having a beard is such a weird thing,” he said. “Everyone asks me about it and comments on it.”

There’s one more reason he digs it: “Shaving’s the f—ing worst.”

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