The Shmooze

Jury's Out on Adam Levine's Mustache

By Blair Thornburgh

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Was he better clean shaven?

Move over, Freddy Mercury: there’s a new mustachioed frontman in town.

Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s bringer of Jagger-like moves and one of the musical masterminds judging “The Voice,” was spotted looking handsomely hirsute in New York this Sunday, where he was filming his first flick, “Can A Song Save Your Life?” Having sprouted a ’stache for his role in the drama, the tattooed TV star and tenor is now a verifiable triple threat: singer, reality show judge, and mustache-method actor. Though he was previously known to favor the two-day-scruff look popular with hipsters and hobos alike, this mustache marks the modern-day Renaissance man’s debut into the world of full-blown facial hair.

As far as the court of public opinion, the jury’s still out. Internet reactions ranged from pretty positive to “porn star.” Whether the mania over his mustache will bolster his reputation as “The Bear Jew” or just make good on the promise of Maroon 5’s latest album “Overexposed” remains to be seen. Noted facial hair critic Chris Brown has yet to weigh in on the matter.


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