Will Forte's show starts Sunday. Big real beard.
Forte admittedly has a thing for facial hair — he’s never been able to resist putting on a mustache to goose the ridiculousness of characters like ESPN anchor Greg Stink or that guy who plays in a Bon Jovi opposite cover band.
“I cannot pull off a mustache. It’s like threading a needle, because most of the time, I’ll look like a complete idiot,” he says. “There was one time, I think, I kind of pulled it off. I had to have this mustache for a movie I was doing [2014’s Life of Crime]. I needed a little bit of scruff down here, because if it was just a mustache and no scruff, it was dipshitty. But there were, like, two or three nights in a row where I was like, ‘This look actually works. I’m almost, dare I say, a badass right now.’ And then it went away.”
As with everything concerning The Last Man on Earth, Forte put an ungodly amount of thought into his beard. A fake was out of the question — fake beards immediately read as comedic, and Forte wanted his bountiful bristles to convey a man who has given up on life. But how long should his beard be, precisely? Forte sought to emulate a desperate survivor, not one of the Avett Brothers. (“This is the thing that differentiated it: Nobody does the side stuff,” he says. “It’s, like, the Guinness book guy who has that.”) Forte originally wanted the beard to grow bigger and bigger in the pilot, presenting a follicle-based metaphor for his character’s mounting melancholy. But “you have different directors coming in each week and it’s just a production nightmare,” so the idea was reluctantly scrapped."http://grantland.com/features/will-forte-last-man-on-earth-macgruber/?lang=en&utm_campaign=10today&flab_cell_id=2&flab_experiment_id=19&uid=25751165&utm_content=article&utm_source=email&part=s1&utm_medium=10today.0227&position=5&china_variant=False