The trend for actors to wax their chests has been dying out in recent years with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Bradley Cooper, Robert Pattinson and Ryan Reynolds all keeping their masculine fuzz intact through the usual gratuitous shirtless beefcake shots in Summer films.
Yet this isn’t true in every case, most notably this Summer’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” in which the normally quite hairy Chris Evans had to shave his chest for his shirtless scenes. In that case there was legitimate reason – the CG effect of the skinny pre-transformed Rogers would likely have taken a lot longer and cost a lot more to do if each individual chest hair had to be adjusted for the effect.
With “The Avengers” one person has managed to escape the nasty razor – Mark Ruffalo. The actor tells The Advocate that “no one has asked me to shave my chest yet, thank God. They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible. I’ll be playing him in motion-capture, so this Hulk will just be a bigger avatar version of me. As they’re modeling him, they’re using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don’t know to what extent.”
His two other ‘Avengers’ heroes – Chris Hemsworth and Robert Downey Jr., have little to no natural chest hair so don’t have to worry about it either.