How Sam Elliott Really Feels About His Famous Mustache

The man. The myth. The mustache.

Award-winning actor Sam Elliott may be best known for his acting skills and booming voice, but his iconic mustache likely comes in third. “I first grew one in the late ’60s, but I cut it off without hesitation,” Elliott told Men’s Journal of the origin of his iconic facial hair. “It always comes as a shock to people who don’t know me: ‘How can you cut your mustache?’ “You can’t even answer a question like that. Why are you getting your hair cut?”

Unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Elliott’s fans’ obsession with his famous upper lip pad. “Last night I dreamed that I brushed my beard in a certain way that magically made my mustache appear big and bushy, like a Sam Elliott special with added volume. It was amazing; best dream i can remember in a long time,” a fan once gushed on Twitter. But how does Elliott really feel about his signature Stache and all the attention he’s garnering? The answer might surprise you.

Sam Elliott doesn’t understand the hype surrounding his mustache

‘1883’ star Sam Elliott doesn’t know what all the fuss about his signature mustache is about.

“Yes, it is a strange thing. It’s just hair on someone’s lip,” Elliott said of the fascination surrounding his mustache on the Today show. “I’m comfortable with it or not, I’ve worked without it a few times over the years. I mean, I’m working with it now.” Case in point: Elliott’s recurring character on the adult animated sitcom series Family Guy, in which he plays a rancher named Wild Wild West who grows mustaches—yes, mustaches. “My input is playing myself… It’s not like they want me to have a clear ‘character’ voice, so to speak. I lean a little on the southwest thing. Beyond that, I’m pretty straight-forward to play it and let the jokes take care of themselves,” Elliott told the New York Post of the voiceover role.

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Speaking of working with such fabulous facial hair – we have the mustache question. How does Elliott care for this type of lip foliage? Here’s what we know…

Sam Elliott says he’s too lazy to shave

No must, no fuss.

According to Sam Elliott, the treatment regimen for his mustache is simple. He has no. “It’s just there,” he told the New York Post in 2017. “I keep it clean. This is my only cure. I have a lot of hair on my head. I keep it clean and well oiled or whatever. It’s a true blessing; it allows me to change my appearance. I had beards, long mustaches, short mustaches, no hair,” he explained.

In fact, Elliott seems to love the mustache because it’s really easy to maintain. “We’re all a bunch of lazy bastards. We’re too lazy to shave any more,” he explained during an interview with Vulture. “I see all these people with 12 o’clock shadows or whatever they’re supposed to be. They’re on every TV show and now they’re on commercials too. It’s like, Jesus Christ! I was one of the first guys to grow facial hair in the old days.” Maybe Elliott is more of a trendsetter than he thought. Long live the mustache!