06 July 2009

Paul Giamatti

Paul Giamatti is the son of Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, so it seems quite logical that he would often be found clean shaven (save for the occasional Rollie Fingers, baseball players seem to favor the razor). However, the elder Giamatti is also an English and Italian literature buff, a breed of men predisposed to great beardage.

It should be no surprise, then, that Paul Giamatti, the Hollywood actor, would have a diverse portfolio of visage decor heavily influenced by his father and said acting career, and would eventually wear the most anticipated full beard for a forthcoming film (Cold Souls).

So what of the beard? The length is good, but the breadth is brilliant. As Jack Passion points out in The Facial Hair Handbook, girth wins every time. The barba di Giamatti is no exception. This nut-brown beard offers a strong contour for Giamatti’s jowls, but is weighted with careful consideration to balance so not to appear overly bottom-heavy.

Giamatti’s beard also softens the blow of his expressive eyes without taking away their ultimate effect. Now he appears thoughtful and discerning, rather than frustrated and angry. It’s a pleasant and welcome addition to his profile.