Josh Lucas is still getting used to his new scruffy look after he had to grow a beard for a movie role.
“My beard is a beast!” Josh, 42, exclaims to me Monday during the Brooks Brothers and SK-II premiere of Ketchup Entertainment’s Big Sur. “It’s its own entity these days. I did it for a movie because I was playing a guy who was slowly becoming homeless and slowly letting go.”
Josh’s wife Jessica, who is the mother of his 16-month-old son Noah, was quick to weigh in with her thoughts on his grizzled look. She’s here tonight with the other stars of the Jack Kerouac-inspired drama including Kate Bosworth and her hubby, director Michael Polish, plus 90’s teen magazine staple Balthazar Getty.
“What my wife said to me is ‘you know a man’s let go when he lets his beard grow the way you’ve let your beard grow.’”
Still, the facial hair is—literally and figuratively—growing on him.
“I’ve started to get a little bit of control of it now [laughs], but there’s been times when I felt like it was disgusting. I felt like there was an animal on my face, but I’m growing fond of this beard now.”
Catch Josh in the Big Sur, which is in theaters Friday. What do you think of the bearded look? Tweet us @okmagazine.