If you were one of the many people who saw The Hunger Games this weekend, you know the character Seneca Crane. Well, okay, if you didn’t read the book you might not recall his name; he’s that guy with the awesome beard. Now you know exactly who we’re talking about, don’t you? Because that beard was so awesome. Seriously, it’s very rare that you see the kind of facial hair that can steal scenes like that. We don’t even remember what he was doing in most of those scenes because… beard. Beard.
Seneca isn’t alone, though — there’s been some pretty amazing facial hair memorialized in movies through the ages. And we’re not talking your regular run-of-the-mill Zach Galifianakis hairiness either — we mean braids and beads and stencils and lots and lots of mustache wax! Join us as we celebrate the most follically gifted movie characters we could find, and make sure to let us know if we missed anyone.
Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games (2012)
Seneca Crane’s beard has its own Facebook fan page with nearly 15,000 likes. The actor who plays Seneca, Wes Bentley, doesn’t even have one of those, but he’s not even upset. “It really defined the character for me,” he said in an interview. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, agrees — apparently, at a press event, she admitted that if she could play any other character in the movie, she would be the beard. That’s some powerful stuff there.