Ben Affleck steps out without his beard: hot or kind of meh?

Here are some photos of Ben Affleck yesterday, showing off his newly shorn face with a little stubble. Ben off course shaved off his beard at a post-Oscar party, where he was likely doing tequila shots with George Clooney to numb the pain. US Weekly reported that his co-worker/wife brought some clippers with her in her purse and Ben did the deed in a hallway. You just know that he left hair laying around everywhere afterwards and that some poor worker had to sweep it up. Cleaning up hair is the worst.

Ben usually does it for me despite his extreme well-documented douchiness and constant disrespect of his wife. I thought he was really hot in Argo, in The Town, and in the crappy movies he starred in earlier in this career. (Although Forces of Nature wasn’t bad. I love Sandra Bullock.) Ben was looking especially manly to me with that beard, and I can imagine being Garner and dealing with his issues in exchange for the sexy times, if only in theory. In practice it’s probably just as much work as he’s making it out to be.

Without the beard he’s not as hot to me, and that’s weird because I usually like clean cut guys. (And bald guys! And Ben is usually neither.) Maybe it’s this doofy outfit he’s wearing, a too-big jacket over a checked shirt with jeans. (US Weekly has a better photo here.) This is some late 80s throwback outfit, when preppy was in. All he needs are some boat shoes to complete the look. He probably had a business meeting or something, but he could have kept it business casual and not as dorky.

In comparison, here he is just before the Oscars looking rugged as hell. Mmmm.

Then this. Ok, I take it back he’s still hot. Just not AS hot. My opinion of him has changed though too, I have to say.

Photo credit: Fameflynet

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  1. kpist says:

    I love the 5 o’clock shadow much more than a beard

  2. Jewbitch says:

    Still hot.

  3. MsAubra says:

    He’s still giving me Scott Peterson, but yes, still hot and most definitely a DILF! LOL

    I’ve been catching some of his past films I missed. I just saw “Changing Lanes” (thanks youtube) and he played the redeemed ahole quite well. I need to see “The Town”

    • Talie says:

      Wow, you’re right, he is very Scott Petersen…pre-prison.

    • andy says:

      Well, he did compare himself to Peterson.

      “At the time, I knew on some level, ‘This is insane,’ ” he said of the “Bennifer” years, telling the magazine that he was the media’s punching bag. “What was that guy’s name who killed his wife and dumped her off the side of a boat? … Peterson. I remember thinking he actually gets slightly better treatment than I do in the press.”

      Wait, excuse us: Ben Affleck, say what?

      “At least they had to say ‘alleged killer,'” he continued. “Unfortunately there’s an aspect of that that’s like one of those fights you see on YouTube where one of them falls down and then a bunch of people who were standing around come over and kick the person. They don’t know them, they have no involvement in the fight, but they recognize a moment that they can get a free shot in, and for some people it’s just too much to resist. And that was definitely me at that point. I was the guy. I was the designated person to loathe.”

  4. Bird says:

    Better without the beard, I think. I just wouldn’t want to kiss a bearded face!

    • NYC_girl says:

      I agree; kissing a bearded face is uncomfortable. But he looked so hot in Argo, I saw it twice. And that one quick scene where he is putting on his shirt… HOT HOT HOT..!!!

      • Amelia says:

        Me neither. Beards might look good (on the right person) but beard rash is itchy and difficult to cover up. My other half went away for a couple of weeks and forgot his shaver, and came back with a mini beard. The next morning my cheeks were all pink!

  5. lilred1 says:

    Either way I’d hit it six ways from Sunday. 🙂

  6. T.Fanty says:

    That leather jacket bearded pic is tingling my biscuits. I would hit current Ben Affleck out if nostalgia for that other guy.

  7. picopink says:

    Way better without the beard! Definitely not a fan of facial hair.

  8. Nicole says:

    I see Scott Peterson, but I’m really getting Jake Gyllenhaal vibes. I don’t think I’d mind the clean shaven look as much as if he would actually wear a decent outfit. hmm

  9. elkiddo says:

    Nah, i’ll pass either way. Not feeling it.

  10. Little Darling says:

    Oh CB you just made my groggy morning that much better, “co-worker/wife”….BRILLIANTLY captured!

    Beardy faces = hella hot! That awesome roughness is too much to handle. See Chris Evans with a beard and flannel if you want more proof.


  11. bella says:

    there is NOTHING remotely hot about affleck.
    he turns my stomach.
    smug, rude, unmanly, shameful cry baby who continues to blame JLo for his hollywood slump.
    then he embarrasses his wife again, only this time in front of millions of oscar viewers and his peers?
    can’t stand him.
    hahaha…sorry for the rant. just can’t with him…

    • Ranunculus says:

      All of this and …

      really the best thing I can say about him is that he is extremely meh! On top of that he is the most shitty actor in Hollywood.

    • sirsnarksalot says:

      yep, on board with you all the way. Anti-Affleck always. And i don’t expect to see him wasting anymore time on family photo ops now that the Oscar campaign is done.

    • Ally8 says:


      The last time I found him appealing was Shakespeare in Love.

  12. Shira says:

    Definitely hotter without the beard.

    And Forces of Nature was awesome!!!

  13. Jayna says:

    Am I the only one that found him sexy with that longish ’70s’ hair he had going in Argo?

    • Shira says:

      Ugh… I watched the movie and I told my friend “I’m turned on and repulsed by him at the same time”. The hair and beard were bad IMO, everything else wasn’t.

    • NYC_girl says:

      see my post above. I thought he was 70s super-hot. Only in that movie though!! Otherwise he does nothing for me.

  14. Hubbahun says:

    I love a beard – grow it back Ben!!

  15. Christina says:

    I never fancied Affleck back in the day when he was supposedly the hottest thing on two legs. In theory, he was just my type – tall, brown eyed, well-built but not overly muscular, but there was something about him which was just off. And then, when I saw him at the Oscars with that beard, I thought to myself, hmmmm…… I could definitely do that. And I don’t even like beards. Maybe it’s because it covers up the slightly doughy lower half of his face and makes him look a bit more manly? Whatever the reason, Affleck is one of those men who deffo looks better with some facial hair. Other examples include Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana.

  16. Ronnie says:

    Hot, but the jacket is too small for him.

  17. Elceibeno says:

    Ben Affleck is hot even if he didn’t shower for a week.

  18. Green_Eyes says:

    I hate to admit it, but the older he gets apparently the better he looks. Beard or no beard, the man does look sexy.

  19. janie says:

    He is hot! I love beards, just not on him. I love he & Jen together! He sure married up!

  20. Skins says:

    Looks a lot younger

  21. Dawn says:

    He is hot and he is aging well and will be hot for another 20 years!

  22. Memphis says:

    Don’t care for beards at all, but I admit he did manage to somewhat pull off the look…

    He may have a bad rep, but I would still give it a go.

  23. KellyinSeattle says:

    Wow, he has big feet….:) Looks better w/t the beard!

  24. Lb says:

    Y’all bloggers hate on ben so much. It’s getting annoying. I can’t believe half the stuff you pick on him for.

  25. katarina says:

    he is super hot!!!! …with or without beard, he is sooooo hot.

  26. j.eyre says:

    Crap, I entered the Mom-Zone. All I can see is him holding that iPad with his fingers and thinking my son would be grounded if he took two steps holding the iPad like that.

    granted, Mr. Affleck could afford to replace his iPad…

  27. Dea says:

    This marriage is a total fiasco. Body language tell a lot. Look at the last picture of the link below. It tells a lot of how much Ben is fond of his wife – zero attraction!!

    • megsie says:

      😀 Oh, c’mon. Did you see his face? Ben was in complete shock with the win. It was almost a look of terror. Look at the way he grabbed Jen’s face and kissed her at the GG’s.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      I disagree. Look at the picture above it. They’re not only holding hands but have their fingers intertwined. He loves her.

  28. Mew says:

    He should wear beard, it suits him well.

  29. Dirty martini says:

    I’ve had worse. Much worse.

    And so has everyone posting here if they were honest about it.

  30. Emma says:

    I didn’t like him back in the Armageddon days, but he is seriously good looking. I missed that probably because I was into Nick Carter who now I think “bleh!”

  31. Apples says:

    Preppy IS in and the kids are all wearing boat shoes! We called them dock siders but, the kids are now calling them by their brand name- Sperry’s. (the things you learn on Tumblr)

    He looks hot, but, too cheesy for me in the leather jacket. I can’t take men seriously in leather for some reason- makes me laugh.

  32. NEENAZEE says:

    Okay, I agree, he looks rugged, manly and hot-as-hell in the pics with the beard and leather jacket. I don’t think he would’ve looked as awkward in the more recent pics if he hadn’t chosen to button the jacket… that just drew attention to the fact that his shirt was untucked and made it pull around his mid-section.

    Something about his personality turns me off, but I love tall guys with confidence… and Mr Affleck has both to spare.

  33. Belle says:

    Hot. Beard, clean-shaven, five o’clock shadow, scruff, leather jacket, ill-fitting preppy jacket, no jacket… no pants! HOT.

  34. megsie says:

    Popular opinion being Ben would put a full stop to the pr campaigning (ie papped with his kids), it was interesting to see him out with his daughter yesterday.