Nicole Kidman and a muttonchopped Clive Owen in Cannes: sexy or awful?

I didn’t know Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman would be promoting their HBO film, Hemingway & Gellhorn, at the Cannes Film Festival. But here they are at a photo call today – I’m guessing the film won’t have a big premiere? Probably just a screening. Anyway, I need to ignore Nicole for a moment and focus on Clive Owen’s MUTTONCHOPS. When does a sideburn become a muttonchop? This is the example that should be used. Granted, Clive is rocking his muttons for a film - Blood Ties. I think Mila Kunis plays his love interest, which is kind of gross (to me) because of the age difference. I’m also assuming Blood Ties is a period film – 1970s? Sure.

Beyond L’Mutton, I guess Clive looks alright. He no longer has that eerie beauty of his youth, but I get the feeling that if he tried, if he got a haircut and took off the muttonchops, he would still be a very handsome man. I kind of hate the way he looks at Nicole. Clive just… smolders. Right? Do not smolder at Nicole, Clive!!

As for Nicole… I’m still searching for the designer ID. I actually love this dress because it’s a great silhouette for her, it’s not the kind of dress she usually wears, and I love a good graphic print. However… I don’t think her hair is doing her any favors here. And her face looks… well, she looks tired. Let’s say it that way. She had a busy day yesterday promoting The Paperboy, so maybe she’s just genuinely exhausted.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Ew Clive. I love him but…no. The ‘burns have to go.
    That being said, I would still hit it like a home run.

    • dahlia noir says:

      ” Hi, I don’t play baseball but I’d hit you like a homerun baby.”

      And Nicole has the most fabulous bum I’ve seen so far.

    • polk8dot says:

      He used to look sooo sexy in his ‘Elizabeth’ times. Then came the ‘sexy beast’ phase, with some questionable movie role choices and equally surprising appearance changes, or rather degradations. Now he looks like he’s about to simply move out of that category into ‘just beast’.

      Oh, Clive! The muttons are awful, but the point is that a decade ago you’d have rocked them like nobody’s business, and probably turned them into the ‘thing’.
      Sadly, he’s just about to slip into and drown in the Harvey Kaitel’s ‘sexy beast turned sea lion’ category.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        THIS: ‘sexy beast turned sea lion’ IS AWESOME.
        We could add so many to this category. Gerard Butler? Russell Crow? (although truthfully, I never thought he was that sexy-maybe a little in Gladiator) I might even throw Brad Pitt in there…

        I used to have sex dreams about Clive. Those eyes…but he’s just looking worn out and Dad-ish (sorry Dads) these days.

      • Chatcat says:

        @Kitten…Clive, Russell, Brad…all men my age and the only one I’d hit right now would be Clive!

        Having said that, have you ever seen Russell in Hammers Over the Anvil? OMG…of course that was 20 years ago but oh my, I need to run to the ladies room and get a damp cloth…excuse me.

  2. sharylmj says:

    I love Nicole Kidman.. she’s so beautiful. She looks happy and relaxed in these photos, and tired.. you are right! It must be exhausting doing all the promoting..

  3. deep says:

    Nicole looks beautiful yet once again. Love the dress. She looks great!! :)

  4. Maguita says:

    Clive Owen is playing Hemingway and his love story with Martha Gellhorn from 1936 – 1945 and how they traveled the world as both writers and war correspondents.

    So, visually, it is supposed to be quite an era movie, including the World War II aspect of it all.

  5. Happy21 says:

    Nicole Kidman’s face scares me. She is beautiful and would be still if she left it alone.

    The dress looks great although it looks in some angles like she has a tummy (not that its a bad thing except I KNOW she doesn’t!)

    Clive Owen looks like he needs a hair cut.

  6. Aiobhan says:

    Clive looks sexy as hell. I am glad that he is making a comeback.

    Nicole’s dress has an awful pattern(having horrible flashbacks to my days in an all girls Catholic school)But the dress fits well though. Her face still looks kinda botoxy but still pretty- especially when she smiles.

  7. Franny says:

    Her hair is doing her no favors and her eyes have seemed really blood shot this whole week…

    • Lee says:

      I would guess that she’s wearing contacts, and they’re particularly irritating for her eyes.

      Agreed on the hair. It’s too high off her forehead.

    • polk8dot says:

      I can’t put my finger on it, but her face looks OFF, somehow, by a lot.
      It’s been a very long time since she looked simply beautiful, now it is always ‘she looks beatiful but…’
      There is too much filler in her face, I think (not even looking at the lips yet), and along with Botox they make her look bloated and shiny and stretched out to the limit. Like a baby’s bum mashed up with a soccer ball.
      I think her former beauty is now the thing of the past, irretrievably lost, though perpetually pursued to no avail.
      The hair looks so damaged, thin and sparse, it just cries for mercy and temporary reprieve from the flat iron.
      What a shame. Before she started ‘FIXING’ her imagined imperfections, she was beautiful, and original. Now she’s just run of the mill, one the thousands of Hollywood starlets, who all look the same, yet each think they are special. Sorry Nic – you worked very hard to completely wipe THE SPECIAL off your face. You’ve done it – hope you’e happy…

  8. Rita says:

    When’s the next issue of “From the Desk of Clive Owen” where he’s sprawled face down across the desk, both hands cuffed to the corner drawers, Clive’s drawers around his knees, and Nicole smirks as she runs a riding crop down the small of his back.

    (Not sure why this was my first thought in seeing this thread but I’ve always thought there is a little dominatrix in the glint of Nicole’s eyes.)

  9. ramona says:

    She could add on Will Smith’s jacket from the other day and really work thst pattern. Yee-hah!

  10. marie says:

    Just so no to the muttonchops, I’ve never thought they were a good idea.

    And Nicole “looks tired” how can you tell?!? I thought she was going to give the bangs a try, come on Nicole-let there be bangs!!

  11. Jayna says:

    Nicole looks great. But with a forehead like that bad look. A liitle bit of a side swept over long bang would camouflage her high forehead and be more flattering.

  12. G says:

    I always think Nicole hair looks still and old.

  13. MJ says:

    Clive Owen looks kinda like Keith Moon in these photos, except Keith Moon was more haggard when he died at age 32. Clive is still pretty cute.

  14. Sabrine says:

    Nicole looks beautiful, nice to see her switch up her hairstyle, a change from the same old bangs. Her face looks completely normal. Nothing is “off.” Her figure is perfection. Clive is wearing the muttonchops for a role probably, looks like it might be for a Victorian piece.

  15. Sarah says:

    There was a blind item a while back about an actress who was losing her hair. I thought it was Nicole Kidman at the time and I’m still convinced it is. Pulling hair back like that is flattering to no one. It looks like she’s trying to hide sparser parts of her head. Also, didn’t she like, JUST have bangs a hot second ago? Was the hair with the bangs a wig? It looked pretty good on her.

  16. maggiegrace says:

    “it must be exhausting doing all of that promoting..” Are you kidding me? To stand there in designer clothes that someone picked up for you, after picking at a lunch that someone brought you, taking the car service to your luxury home, or condo, or resort or home and kissing your babies that someone watched for you all day? Falling into bed where you’ll stay until someone wakes you and tells you what to wear and where you’ll get taken to and what you’ll say as you stand there in yet another designer outfit? I dunno, I’m not getting the “exhausting.”

  17. MsJAPrufrock says:

    Maybe the mutton chops are for a movie roll.

  18. truetalk says:

    sure Nicole is exhausted…from trying to move paralysed facial muscles into the semblance of a smile.

  19. New girl says:

    I agree with the “hit it like a home run” b/c I’m a HUGE baseball fan.
    Clive is beyond amazing, even with the mutton chops. Sometimes I amaze myself at how he gets me hot.
    Again, no wedding ring. 2nd time in less than a year. Is our Romeo waning on his Juliet?

  20. Lizzie K says:

    Old. They both just look really old.

    Hollywood is a brutal business to get old in.

  21. Kristen says:

    These two have ZERO chemistry together. Have you seen the trailers for this movie? Zzzzzzzz…

  22. taxi says:

    Nicole’s hair is noticeably thin & graying around the hairline. I think the swept back front is to hide extensions to give volume. We’ve seen candids where her roots are 70% gray.

    Clive without sideburns is still smokin’ hot!

  23. Lucy says:

    I love her. I’ll admit her hair doesn’t do her justice. And it worries me that perhaps she’s not well. But she looks fabulous in that dress. And her legs look fantastic. That’s hard to do at any age.

  24. Lizzyxo says:

    Clive looks dead sexy. I love the side burns on him. I think they make him look a little younger. Its hot.