Clooney (left) and Pitt
SDFL-MATFL / Splash News Online; INF
12/12/2008 AT 04:40 PM EST
As a two-time Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt
is used to people dissecting his looks. But his favorite accessory these days – a scruffy thin mustache – has fans scratching their heads.
Whether on the red carpet for Benjamin Button
or in New Orleans for his Make It Right
foundation to help residents return to the city, Pitt's mustache is front and center.
The actor proudly brushes off any criticism, telling PEOPLE "It's fashion. Who am I without creative facial hair?"
After hearing about the naysayers, he adds, "I consider it very brave."
In truth, the 'stache is for his role in the Quentin Tarantino movie he's filming, Inglorious Bastards
After learning that his pal George Clooney
is also sporting facial hair, Pitt quips, "I cannot get this guy out of my slipstream. He calls me up and wants to know what I'm wearing – and then he shows up in the same thing. Next thing you know he's going to have six kids. Just got to tell you it's getting really old."
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