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In Death Wish 3: Fear the Man, Fear the Mustache

Death_wish_threeThe January issue of Esquire suggests that 2008 will be the year the mustache makes a comeback.  Athletes are sporting them and Hollywood is bringing them back to the big screen.  It’s good news for action heroes because the "stache" is a weapon in it’s own right.  Wearing one says "I’m going to kick your #$*^%!"  You don’t have to have a mustache to be tough but it helps and the cultural shift away from the metrosexual could mean some great action movies are on the way.

The last mustache renaissance, which spanned ’70s and early ’80s, created an abundance of memorable tough guys.  Tonight you can watch a prime one: Charles Bronson and his crime fighting mustache in Death Wish 3.  It might be wishful thinking but doesn’t it look like his mustache gets bigger as each Death Wish sequel get more violent? 

And he’s just one of the greats.  In 1974, Robert De Niro’s mustache helped him win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Godfather: Part II).  When Burt Reynolds started sporting one nobody could drive faster; for Chuck Norris, it led to a rise in popularity. Even on TV, everyone fawned over Tom Selleck and what might be the most well-known mustache of all.

Now it seems a new generation might be picking up where these greats left off. Josh Brolin in No Country for Old Men could just be the beginning.  Who knows?  Maybe the new Batman movie will feature a macho Christian Bale with facial hair just below his mask.  Holy handlebar, Batman!

Watch as things get hairy in Death Wish 3 tonight, January 16 at 8 p.m. | 7C.

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