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The New York Times style section revisits a facial hair issue so crucial they've covered it twice in a little over two years: The hipster mustache. In November 2006, they asked "Are mustaches cool? Uncool? Or so painfully uncool they are actually kind of hip?" Recent evidence points towards something of an answer. Brat Pitt, for example, ostensibly grew his current lip fur for Quentin Tarantino's WWII movie Inglourious Basterds [sic]. But it sounds like the 'stache was actually his idea. Writes the Times:
Emanuel Millar, the head of the film's hair department, said he was surprised when Mr. Pitt showed up to shoot avec mustache and insisted on keeping it despite the fact that it was not true to the period.James Franco has a mustache in Milk, Jason Giambi has a mustache in the Yankees, and several mustache-related charity events—Movember, the oddly unmentioned Mustaches 4 Kids—challenge men to use their facial hair for good. None of this necessarily means that mustaches are back, though. If Brad Pitt, of all people, needs an excuse for growing one, then maybe the 'stache has a long way to go.
· Inching Its Way Back Onto the Lip [NYT]
· One Hairy Lip, a Mix of Messages [NYT]