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Ben Affleck shaves off Argo beard at last

Ben Affleck’s idea of a good party trick? Ridding himself of the mangy beard he grew for Argo.

Elated by his Argo Best Picture Oscar, Ben Affleck shaved off his beard at an Academy Awards after-party while wife Jennifer Garner and close pal (and a co-producer of Argo) George Clooney shouted encouragement.

“He did it himself at the restaurant,” a so-called insider told Us. “The whole family was tired of the beard.”

When Entertainment Weekly named Affleck Entertainer of the Year in November of 2012, he told the magazine that his family hated the beard: “My wife is a very polite and kind woman,” he said. “She and the kids did not like the beard. It had an exposed wire vibe. It was hated in my home.”

No longer, Affleck family!

A source told E! News, “He did it to mark the end of a chapter. It had that ceremonial quality to it.”

In other words, Affleck grew the beard for the movie and then shaved it off symbolically after he was done promoting it. Was there a superstitious quality to Affleck’s holding on to the neck-accessory? As in, if he shaved it off, maybe he wouldn’t get the Oscar? Nobody’s telling, but it’s easy to imagine.

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Word is that Garner brought the clippers to the party, which implies that Affleck had promised her he was getting rid of the flavor-saver as soon as Argo was put to rest.

Can you imagine Jennifer Garner gleefully pulling down the Norelco from the shelves at Walgreens, snickering?

Us wrote that during the private party at Hollywood restaurant Craig’s, things got “rowdy with Clooney, Affleck and other revelers downing shots of Casamigos tequila, Clooney and pal Rande Gerber’s brand.”

Us also says that the “great shave-off” ended up happening “in a hallway.”

Say, that’s reminiscent of a college freshman-year party. Did anyone wake up in a strange bathtub with wads of crepe paper soaked in beer adhered to the ceiling? No?

Affleck, who drew criticism for his Oscar acceptance speech in which he thanked his wife for “working on our marriage for 10 Christmases,” later told reporters they were making a big deal out of nothing: “All relationships, to a certain extent, require your work.”

And after all, Affleck did go on in his Oscars speech to say, “It is work, but it’s the best kind of work. And there’s no one I’d rather work with.”

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