Faceoff: GQ December 2011 Cover Boys

Posted on December 16, 2011

Darlings, celebrity fashion seems to so often center around pitting the ladies against each other in some sort of contest. We’re as guilty as any of this but in our defense, it’s really, really fun.

Still, the men, despite how much we try to include them in our bitchery, just don’t get subjected to that level of catfight competition. But we saw the various covers for the December international GQ editions and immediately thought “CAGEMATCH!” Our game is simple. Answer the following:

 

WHO’S GIVING THE BEST FACE ON GQ THIS MONTH?

 

We have to say, Fassbender takes it for sheer trou-dropping sexiness, but Alex O’Loughlin and Joel Edgerton are serving up some 007 realness. Downey looks typically rumpled, but in a chic, cute kinda way. Really, the weak links here are – brace yourselves – Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp. Yes, the two men who have pretty much owned the male sex symbol title for the last decade and a half are looking a bit tired and out of it.

Et vous, nôtres bitchy petit chats?

Michael Fassbender for GQ Italia

 

Alex O’Loughlin for GQ Australia

 

Robert Downey Jr. For GQ Germany

 

Brad Pitt for GQ Korea

 

Johnny Depp for GQ UK

 

Joel Edgerton for GQ Australia

[Image Credit: thefashionspot.com]

    • Anonymous

      Only if he had a bag over his head would Brad Pitt ever not took incredible.  Best cover here by far.

      • http://profiles.google.com/laurenjeanstm Lauren St Martin

        Are you nuts?! That things been instagramed to death, to give it some visual intrest, because there is absolutely nothing interesting about the picture. 

        • Anonymous

          A handsome face is enough for me.  And these other guys don’t hold a candle to Mr. Pitt.

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        Agreed that Brad Pitt is hot, but it looks as if they cropped a man on the street photo of him choosing a froyo flavor. Was he waiting for them to start shooting?

        • http://profiles.google.com/ameliaheartsu Amelia Logan

          Maybe it’s from the light test?

      • http://www.tumblr.com/tumblelog/lastbutnotleast Anonymous

        Agreed that Brad Pitt is hot, but it looks as if they cropped a man on the street photo of him choosing a froyo flavor. Was he waiting for them to start shooting?

      • Anonymous

        Oh no no no. He’s the worst of the lot. There’s just nothing there. Absolutely nothing.

      • Anonymous

        Methinks you’re as biased about Mr. Pitt as I am about Mr. Downey Jr.

      • Anonymous

        you can have Pitt.  Give me Downey, please and thank you.

        • Anonymous

          I agree!  Downey wins hands down.  Johnny Depp is a close 1st Runner-up.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HREPOWNBVUBRIVPQCF3ST2IKDM Euphory

            I don’t know, Johnny Depp’s picture is even less interesting.  Like a good-looking middle-aged man’s driver’s license photo. Nothing in his eyes either. 

    • Sheri B

      Interesting – it looks like Johnny Depp was airbrushed but Brad Pitt, not so much. 

      • Anonymous

        really.  what is with the beard growing down the neck?  yuck.  if his barber can’t take care of that, photoshop can.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cortney-Dean/100002491593625 Cortney Dean

      Can I be honest? Not a single one of them did anything for me. :( And I think Fassbender looks kind of smarmy… ick.

      • MilaXX

        agree on the Fassbender vibe. He’s giving 70′s porno level icky.

        • http://twitter.com/DifficultDiva D. Robinson

          I happen to like 70′s porno level icky (when it’s being given by my fantasy husband).

          • Anonymous

            Right?  Not really seeing the problem here…

        • Anonymous

          It’s the creepy mustache.  I thought he was Matthew McConaughey at first.

        • Anonymous

          It’s the creepy mustache.  I thought he was Matthew McConaughey at first.

        • Anonymous

          Who told him the John Holmes look was a good one? ‘Cuz it’s not.

      • Anonymous

        Fassbender looks like the villain in a Dudley Do Right movie, he just need to grow that stache a wee bit more so he can give it a twirl….

        • Anonymous

          The name you’re looking for is Snidely Whiplash. “Natasha, shut up you mouv!”

          • Anonymous

            haha, you’re right, and he looks just like him!

          • Anonymous

            Actually, Boris Badenov is who you’re quoting — he was Rocky & Bullwinkle, and Snideley was part of the Dudley DoRight  mini cartoon within the R&B show. 

            Um, it’s entirely possible I spent too much time watching this.

            • Anonymous

              Oh, SHIT, you’re 100% right. I spent hours watching it as a kid, too. Now I’m depressed I got it wrong, sigh.

        • Anonymous

          To me he kinda looks like a young Charlton Heston, circa “Touch of Evil.”  Yow!

      • Anonymous

        Re: Fassbender. I used to think the exact same thing until I saw him act. It’s really his screen presence that make him so devastatingly sexy. Now I can’t even look at a photo of him with any degree of objectivity.  

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm, maybe that’s my problem. I haven’t seen him in anything so I’m just going by photos and little snippets on tv. Now I’m intrigued.

          • Anonymous

            Go see Shame.  You’ll never get over him.

          • Anonymous

            Try “Fish Tank” – It’s the first movie I really noticed him in. “Hunger” and “Shame” are also very good if you like art house style films. “X-men: first class” is frivolous comic book fun ;)

          • Anonymous

            He’s amazing in Jane Eyre too.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzdN2DC3ch8

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

            X-Men.  Totally X-Men: First Class.  Why?  First, because Magneto was always right, and a fascinating character in his own right — making anyone playing him well a bit more interesting.  But more importantly, Fassbender spends a large chunk of the movie in the tightest costumes possible because a) superhero and b) men’s casual wear in the 60′s.

            Also, for the dirty-sexy look, 300. Spartans don’t own clothes…

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          Ohhh, yes. He was amazing as Mr. Rochcester. Between that and Inglorious Bastards, I was hooked on Fassbender.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468295759 Connie B. Verzak

            Saw both X-Men: First Class and Jane Eyre, and I still don’t get it.

            • http://twitter.com/moodring54 Rachel

              Eh, different strokes for different folks, right?

          • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

            He’s in Inglorious bastards? I had no idea! So much for the magical sex appeal then. I didn’t notice he exited until X-men ;).

      • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

        Yes! Yes yes yes. I was surprised at how underwhelmed I felt by all these covers.

      • http://twitter.com/bredalot Bridget Smith

        He seriously looks different in every picture I’ve seen of him. It’s bizarre, but a great quality for an actor to have (you know, once people start to recognize their name. Before that, it’s kind of a mixed blessing). Hating the moustache.

    • Anonymous

      hmm, have to say my fave is Johnny Depp – he looks most natural, and least douchey…. ?

      • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

        Ditto. Plus I just kind of adore him.

    • Anonymous

      I think Edgerton is giving the best face.  He’s definitely working the smoldering gaze!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Fassbinder for the win, yes, but Pitt and Depp still have it over these O’Laughlin & Edgerton whippersnappers.  Particularly Depp.

    • Delaney Davis

      Alex O’Loughlin and Brad Pitt for me, please. Holy holy.

      • http://twitter.com/JackieO JackieO

        Ditto!  

    • Anonymous

      Honeys. It would be “Et vous, nos chatons amers.” But you’re amazing so you can write French however you want. 

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Robert Downey Jr.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Fassbender but they all lose to the latest Matt Damon pics. 

      • Anonymous

        Actually, Matt Damon doesn’t look quite so Frankenstein monster square headed on his cover. And, as I remember his eyes were quite a turn on. So I would agree in principle–after RDJ.

    • Aly Light

      I’ll go with Johnny Depp, mainly because he’s smiling. A girl likes it when pretty men smile at her.

    • Anonymous

      AOL wins for most airbrushing, and the camera seems to be focused up Brad Pitt’s nose.

    • http://www.facebook.com/CatherineKatz Catherine Katz

      Johnny Depp airbrushed into Benjamin Bratt.  Ugh.  

      Joel Edgerton FTW!

    • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

      Fassbender and Downey are my favorites. I think O’Laughlin is a total hottie, but I don’t love this shot. And Pitt and Depp have *never* done it for me.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender is gorgeous, as always.

    • Dave Carter

      Fassbender for the win. Brad and Johny do nothing for me these days – I don’t really get their huge appeal. The others – meh.

    • Charles Purdy

      Downey! Downey’s hitting me hardest at loin level … maybe I’m still thinking about his new Men’s Fitness cover? Me likey.
      Fassbender … the mustache is douche-y, and I hate that shirt (though I generally love that man). O’Loughlin looks like someone who’s about to pick a fight with a cater waiter. Pitt is looking too saintly. Depp … just a personal not-doing-it-for-me.

      • Anonymous

        I agree, Downey FTW, mostly because his photo is the only one that seems to imply that the man pictured has something interesting to say…it’s the only photo that might inspire me to pick up the mag at a newsstand and flip through….everyone else looks like they are using that fabled old Cindy Crawford modeling technique of clearing ones brain completely before the photo is snapped.

      • Anonymous

        Heck yeah. I love that picture of him. The rest of them don’t look attractive at all to me.

    • Anonymous

      Pretty much agree with your assessments, but wow, it is surprising. Depp looks completely canned and bland; Pitt like a foggy dementia patient. … Two things I never thought I’d say about those guys!
      I do applaud that it’s a roundup of all very masculine-yet-not-thuggish men, quite appropriate for GQ. Everyone is very stylish but not pretty, and look like average guys certainly could if they put in some effort (OK, maybe somewhat above average! But you know what I mean.))

    • Anonymous

      Where’s Daniel Craig?  Robert Downey Jr FTW.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614311367 Eileen Masselli

      How dare you disparage this picture of Johnny Depp?  He ALWAYS gives great face.

    • Anonymous

      Did Depp have work done? He looks funny. None of these are floating my boat at all, not even a little. Fassbender looks like a XXX star with that sleazy stache and Pitt looks like he’s sleeping on the streets.

    • MilaXX

      RDJ for the win. The other guys looks too airbrushed, Pitt needs to just commit to aging and cut the hair. I think he’s aiming for Robert Redford realness, but he hasn’t looked good with long hair since A Rover Runs Through It.  Depp looks better than he has in a long time, but RDJ is bringing the charm.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take Downey and Depp, please!

    • http://profiles.google.com/laurenjeanstm Lauren St Martin

      I’m going with 
      Alex O’Loughlin. Man is smokin hot.  Close second goes to
      Michael Fassbender, mainly because his mustache makes him look like an Irish boxer in the old days. Which will never not be hot and hilarious.  

      • Anonymous

        The moustache just makes me think of, “I drink your milkshake!  I drink it up!”

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender wins for me. When I first saw the Johnny Depp cover it looked like some cross between Rob Lowe and Donny Osmond. Maybe that’s just me. 

    • http://twitter.com/DifficultDiva D. Robinson

      I literally let out a gasp, while also raising my hands to cover my mouth when I saw the GQ Italia cover with my a fantasy husband, Michael Fassbender. I love EVERYTHING about that man. His cheekbones make me melt.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      RDJ for the win.  And I can back it up with something beyond fangirl love:)

      Brad Pitt looks like a hospital patient, probably in the psych ward for depression.  And Johnny Depp is doing something very weird with his face — the male equivalent for the bitchy PTA mom smile.  I don’t approve.

      Alex O’Loughlin looks stupid — not bad, but like he’s truly dim on an intellectual level.  That’s not attractive.  Joel Edgerton, I would love to give it to because he was in one of my favorite movies of all time, and he’s ALMOST there.  But there’s something not quite up to par.

      Which leaves us with Fassbender and Downey.  Not a huge surprise as they are always on my top 5.  Fassbender gets points for being one of my new fav actors, while Downey gets the sentimental points for having been the person I have loved most consistently through my life.  The real tie breaker here, though, is Fassbender’s mustache.  I’m sorry, Micheal, I know you had to do it for a part, but it’s simply hideous.  Remove it — and everything else — and try again next month.

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      I don’t know who Michael Fassbender is but he looks like Matthew McConaughey minus about 25lbs. Ew.

      • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

        Can’t unsee!  DAMN IT!

    • foodycat

      RDJ for me. He actually looks like he has something going on behind his eyes. As much as I love Alex O’Loughlin (and I really, really do) this is not his best look.

      • Anonymous

        LOL, we were typing the same comment at the same time, great bitter kittens think alike!

        • foodycat

          A toast to excellent taste in men! I do like ‘em intelligent.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-John-Kostrzewa/1237573396 Paul John Kostrzewa

      Brad PItt’s shot is a bit nostril-centric, isn’t it?
       It’s like a black hole that is sucking up all my focus…

    • Anonymous

      Geez, I am not impressed – I am wondering whether I might need a hormone shot

      Michael Fassbender – HATE the mustache
      Alex O’Loughlin – not getting a very masculine vibe
      Robert Downey Jr – looks like he has been sick and losing weight (he seems to be swimming in that collar)
      Brad Pitt – looks tired and dirty
      Johnny Depp  – I don’t recognize him – his ear looks pointy and he looks photoshopped
      Joel Edgerton – looks like the villain in an adventure movie (his hair looks odd and his expression looks mean)

    • Lexie

      RDJ, for sure. Fassbender would have taken it, but the pedo-stach is ruining it for me. I wish Johnny was that cleaned up on the RC.

       Also, why so much photoshopping GQ?! Men are still sexy when they have crow’s feet and unpolished foreheads.

    • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

      Downey FTW

    • Anonymous

      Alex O’laughlin is seriously rockin’ the Cary Grant smoulder. Fassbender is channeling a young studly Robert Redford.

      I care not for the rest of yon ilk.

    • Anonymous

      RDJ looks incredible.  Brad: WTF. 

    • Anonymous

      I like how the word “SEX” is just splashed right across Fassbender.

      Appropriate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/luv2birdie Elana Bryan

      Alex – woof!  But my heart belongs to RDJ forever and for always. 

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, I’m going with RDJ and (surprisingly) I think Johnny is looking better than usual. Agree on Brad Pitt, tho. He is NOT aging well–sort of the Robert Redford of this generation. As for the others, don’t really know and don’t much care. I can’t yet forgive Fassbender for going commando in borrowed clothing. (I know, probably others do too, but he was so obvious–ick).

    • Julie Fountain

      I think I actually stopped breathing when I saw Alex O’Laughlin in that tux, so I gotta give the win to him.

    • Julie Fountain

      I think I actually stopped breathing when I saw Alex O’Laughlin in that tux, so I gotta give the win to him.

    • Anonymous

      I like that they didn’t airbrush Pitt’s wrinkles, etc.  But what exactly is GQ about not unkempt stubble and dirty hair?

      Johnny Depp-at least he’ not rocking the Jack Sparrow look here.

      My heart belongs to RJD

    • Joyce VG

      I’ll take the Fassbender please.  Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve never been all that into either Pitt or Depp (Captain Jack aside), but I think these have to be blamed on the photographers. Yeesh. That lighting and makeup on Pitt make him look like a waxwork cro-Magnon from a small-town museum of natural history. I love the Downey picture, although the detail on the collar reads a really bad dandruff unless you’re looking closely… that’s not the kind of “rumpled” that any man should sport.

    • Pennymac

      My beloved Johnny D looks like Ricky Ricardo in that pic, Fassbender looks like he belongs on a porno VHS tape cover (Or maybe Beta-max, it’s so 70′s) Alex O and RJD for the win…..

    • Anonymous

      I’m gonna go with Alex, even though I think it’s laughable for him to be Actor of the Year.

    • Anonymous

      Kurt Cobain LIVES!!

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender’s mustache ruins what is otherwise a delightful photo.  Going to have to go with Alex O’Loughlin. Rowr.

    • Cheri Lee

      Surprisingly Johnny looks the best here and I say that because I have serious hots for Fassbender but the stache is awful!

    • nancy

      RJD has my vote. His eyes are looking right into my SOUL. (As long as I don’t have to see his footwear) Fassbender is stalkery-creepy, O’Laughlin has too much eyeshadow on, Brad looks tired and uninterested, Johnny doesn’t even look like himself, and Edgerton looks like he wants to cut me. 

    • Anonymous

      If forced to pick, I’d go with RDJ, but gosh he’s looking drawn.  Also, is it me, or are you getting an Al Pacino vibe from this photo?

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender looks like a porn star.
      O’Loughlin looks like he needs to be shaken and stirred. (I’m tempted to volunteer!)
      Pitt looks like he just walked out of the jungle with amnesia.
      The photo of Depp is so in your face, I can’t concentrate on him.
      Edgerton looks like he is ready to strangle someone with a thin wire – dangerous beauty??

      RJD – saving the best for last. Can’t find a thing to criticize.

    • http://twitter.com/IfIwasasculptor Erin Leahy

      Alex O’Loughlin. Alex O’Loughlin. Alex O’Loughlin.  I do not know who he is, but I plan on becoming acquainted as soon as possible.

      • nancy

        He’s on Hawaii 5-0, and he is fabulous. This is just not a good pic of him. 

    • Anonymous

      Alex O’Loughlin, hands down. I have a thing for the irish gene pool.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the cage match would be Downey vs Cruise (as is the box office this weekend).  Anyway, to the covers….

      Downey for the win.  Fassbender would be competition if he shaved the pornstache.  As for the rest, Pitt looks tired, Depp has never done it for me anyway and this picture doesn’t even look like him, and I don’t know who the other guys are.
       

    • http://twitter.com/lightningvsbug Kallie Markle

      I’m not anti-mustache, but Fassbender looks like a pedophile in this picture, so obviously I’m gonna pass on that. The Bond look has never done anything for me, so those two are out. Depp’s picture simply doesn’t suit him, so it’s down to Pitt and RDJ: Pitt’s is giving off a little too much ‘Jesus’ to be sexy and Robert’s lovely brown eyes are always total win, so Iron Man gets my vote. 

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender wins by a mile, only partly because he can somehow make a p0rnstache look sexy.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      Downey takes the prize for the following reasons:

      1. No pornstache (Sorry, Fassy. It had to be said. Movember is over.)
      2. Looks like he got a full night’s rest (C’mon Brad. You have, what, 12 nannies?)
      3. Hasn’t had his eyes photoshopped into soulless pools of *shudder* (I mean, I’m assuming O’Loughlin and Edgarton are not serial killers)
      4. Doesn’t look like it’s painful for him to smile (What happened, Johnny? Did you shart right before the shutter clicked?)

    • Sara__B

      Downy is the most interesting, the man I would most like to get to know better, based solely on the superficiality of these cover photos.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender. RDJ is runner up.

    • Anonymous

      Strangely, I love this photo of Brad Pitt.  He looks like an Actual Man with some years on his face.   I really like it more that I thought I would.  It’s not a classic “glamour shot” of the man, that’s for sure.

    • Anonymous

      Fassy is seriously making my ladypart quiver..Joel Edgerton is doing it for me too.  Pitt and Depp need to step it up

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Fassbender & Downey.  Although, points for whoever dragged Depp out of his Depp-drag.  Clean shaven – love it!

    • Anonymous

      Johnny Depp looks a lot more like a grown man and less like a calcified teenager than he has sometimes recently, maybe because he’s toned down the eyeliner and lost the creepy mustache and chin hair.

      Brad still has his appeal, but he looks like he has caught some anorexia from Angelina!

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender’s pose is le sexy, but that mustache is SO unattractive. RDJ wins. Although I wish he was posing like Fassbender…
      Brad Pitt’s cover is not his fault. He doesn’t look bad but he’s not winning this cagematch.

    • Anonymous

      I vote none of the above. I don’t know if I’ll ever understand the Fassbender love. I get a sleazy vibe from this guy and he seriously needs to ditch the facial hair.

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Oh, dear. They all look pretty bad.

    • Anonymous

      Are you kidding me?  Robert Downey Jr. is so hot the others are not even in the competition.  And Brat Pitt is making me puke.

    • Anonymous

      I have no idea who he is, but I have to give the title to Joel Edgerton.

    • Anonymous

      love RDJ (see my previous posts re: said man). Don’t like Fassbender’s facial hair, but like that his pants look like they’re falling off! Pitt and Depp look more like GQ is doing a retrospective on their lives. The other ones, meh.

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey Jr looks like he’s in the middle of some conversation that has him fidgety, meaning he’s *about*to*do*something.*

      Fassbender looks like he’s in the middle of a photo shoot for a magazine cover. Ditto all the other guys, except Pitt, who just woke up.

      RDJ FTW.

    • Shelby Smock

      Downey Jr. Hands down.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender or O’Loughlin for the win, both look sexy in different ways!

    • Anonymous

      RDJ’s cover is the only one that makes me want to open the magazine and read the story.
       

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

      Fassbender!

    • http://twitter.com/mellafe natalia h

      I’m so not bothered by this. I’ve never liked Brad Pitt OR Johnny Depp! YAY!!

    • Anonymous

      I’m goin with RDJ on this one. It’s kind of like he can’t wait to get the hell outta those clothes…and you can make up your own backstory from there. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      If anyone was wondering what the RDJ subtitle says, it’s roughly “The coolest bastard in (at least) the universe”.  I’m trying to figure out a better way to put it in English, but I’m having a hard time.

    • http://twitter.com/DarthJaeda Jaeda Laurez

      O’Loughlin is WERKING that cover, Lawd. But Johnny and RDJ are serving face, too.  

    • http://blue-again.myopenid.com/ blue

      Fassbender, definitely. The only interesting and non-ugly cover up there. Alex is the worst. So boring. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-TallGirl-Freeman/1043623567 Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Alex for the win. And I have no clue who he is. But I want to.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YMEB3XKJCE4WL62SKN473LWBXQ Frank

      Alex O’Loughlin for sure! Woof!

    • Judy_J

      I freely admit to bring partial to Robert Downey. Even with the scruffy grey beard he gets my motor running. Johnny Depp is another fave, but he looks strangely plastic in his photo. It appears his laugh lines have been removed and that diminishes the sexiness, in my opinion.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh.. yet again, Korean editors, I don’t get you… you give us beautiful spreads, and you have all those wonderfully HOT HOT HOT idols and actors to choose from and you use… BRAD PITT?!?  I need a drink.

      That aside, I liked the Robert Downey, Jr cover the best, but then again, I am one of the ones who has trouble being mean to him.  I can’t help it.  :D

    • Ms. Schmidt

      RDJ always, ALWAYS catches my eye but sheerly in terms of fierceness, it has to be Fassbender.  Totally agree with Pitt and Depp fading into the background amongst the competition.  Who knew that was even possible?

    • CQAussie

      Damn that’s a close one.  Fassbender and RDJ are in the lead here and for me personally, the SLIGHT edge goes to RDJ cuz I love his whole look here.  Johnny Depp looks like a clone, Brad Pitt looks tired and/or bored.  But honestly, Alex O’Loughlin pretty much is the one to watch.  Smoking hot in that cover.  

      Personal preference = RDJ
      Overall winner – Alex O’Loughlin

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

      Robert Downey Jr. x10000

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy

      not feelin’ it for any of ‘em…

    • Anonymous

      Downey’s got this, although I am digging the attitude and the clothes on Michael Fassbender.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender is the only one looking worthy for a cover.

    • http://twitter.com/Athenabast Athena Bast

      Ick on the O’Loughlin and Edgerton. Have to be the worst pictures ever. Definitely Downey or Fassbender.

    • Anonymous

      Depp doesn’t look bad… just kind of boring. And that’s sad. Pitt looks like he doesn’t know what hit him, but his jaw is as chiseled as ever. Wish he’d drop the hobo look.

    • Anonymous

      I actually love the Pitt cover. For all that everyone bitches about photoshop, that pictures has a lot of visible wrinkles and just experience etched on his face. Fassbender would win if he didn’t have the pornstache, something about it is just not working for me (and I generally find them hella amusing) because of that overall mischievous twinkle his eye and naughty pants. RDJ, you will forever be adorable to me. Depp is disappointing.

      • Anonymous

        You make a great point about showing his age, yet in an attractive way.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve definitely seen that photo of RDJ before. EW? Rolling Stone?

      It was EW’s cover. Well, a very similar photo from the same shoot, way back when Iron Man came out. http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jj1/2008/11/downey-entertainment/robert-downey-jr-covers-entertainment-weekly-01.jpg

      I still vote for him though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1046681022 Paula Berman

      Johnny Depp’s face look like it’s coated in a layer of foundation so thick it was put on with a trowel.  Fassbender can just keep on with what he started in that picture… yum.

    • Anonymous

      All far too skinny for me. And plastic looking in the case of a couple of them. Pitt and Depp make my skin crawl. RDJ wins. Because he is neat.

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey Jr — ca va sans dire!

    • Anonymous

      Downey, hands down. And he doesn’t usually do much for me. 

      Depp, trailing far behind in 2nd place. The way the cover is cropped, or maybe it’s just the close up, impairs something I normally enjoy about the proportions of his face & head.

    • Anonymous

      This is going to get me shot, but…these are /all/ terrible with the possible exception of Fassbender which at least has some visual interest to it. Pitt looks like a hobo. Depp looks like they aged up a photo from 21 Jump Street back in the nineties to the point that if it wasn’t labelled, I wouldn’t recognize him. RDJ’s face looks like it has been reformed out of putty. And poor Joel Edgerton and Alex O’Loughlin have been photoshopped so hard that they belong in Madame Tussand’s. I was going to say Fassbender looked alright, then I scrolled back up to find him growing fungus on his face in a not-a-good-way. In short. WHAT THE HELL GQ?

    • http://twitter.com/Coacoav Coacoa Velvet

      Alex O’loughlin totally HOT!

    • http://twitter.com/BeantownMrs Praggya R. Barretto

      I’ll take one of each, thanks! — But if I have to pick one, Alex is totally my favorite… I love guys in tuxes.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1468295759 Connie B. Verzak

      Holy hell, I think Fassbender just gave me crabs. He looks skeevy as hell.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25500124 Eric Jacobs

      That picture of Johnny Depp, while a little weak, would look SO much better without the black background and disproportionately large amount of RED icons/lettering around his face….it makes him look sunburned. 

    • Anonymous

      Johnny Depp gets my vote…

    • http://www.facebook.com/Hutchlover Amye Sabin

      That almost doesn’t look like Johnny Depp, to me!  Or is it my wacked out screen?

      The Fassenbender, or whatever, train can leave the station now, I’m tired of him.  But give me some Edgerton!  Man, that’s the HOTEST of all of them.  I think he’s stripping the paint off the wall, never mind my panties!

    • Anonymous

      Oh my! Thank you TLo…you guys make me so happy! I have to say, Pitt’s mt man, but RDJ is a very close second…

    • Anonymous

      For sheer pose and cuteness…RDJ takes the cake here.  He and Fassbender are the only ones who don’t look ‘altered’ to death.  Brad’s face looks natural, BUT what’s with the weird angle and the Star Trek “misty-vision” around the edges?

    • Anonymous

      Love Robert Downey, Jr. His face looks lived-in. 

    • Anonymous

      Johnny Depp looks incredible. End of story.

    • Nicole Merrill

      I’d say Michael Fassbender or RDJ. Either way, it makes me cry a little that they put so many words over such a poorly lit photo of Johnny Depp.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3CGY36NG25QFIZQOLMH7SQTKLU andrew

      Robert Downey, Junior!   His eyes draw you in.  He looks gorgeous.  And there is personality present.  Brad is a blank, not even looking out at us.  Edgerton appears to be choking to death.

    • http://twitter.com/ADCtheABC Annie Chen

      Brad Pitt’s picture looks like a mug shot in a movie about a guy who goes to prison but then comes out a changed man. Who later reconnects with his son who is in the process of making some of the same poor life decisions that he made.

      My vote goes to Downey I think I like the shabby cute better than the way too shiny and a little plastic-y

    • Anonymous

      I have to favor Joel just because he shares my maiden name. Even if he spells it wrong.

    • http://twitter.com/moodring54 Rachel

      Michael Fassbender’s mustache is disturbing, yet I am still captivated. Forgive the pun, but the man just has a magnetic aura. Alex looks very polished and suave, and RDJ is adorable as always. 

    • Anonymous

      Tie between RDJ and Depp. Fassbender’s an automatic out for the pornstache. O’Loughlin looks plastic and Pitt looks homeless. I don’t know who Joel Edgerton is, but he looks like what you’d get if you took Alec Baldwin and Conan O’Brien and shook them together, and as awesome as both of those gentlemen are, their looks aren’t what makes them swoon-worthy.

      RDJ has that insouciance he’s been working for the last few years; it really works for him, and since we can’t see his feet, we can assume he’s not wearing horrible sneakers with that suit. Depp, about whom I admit I am biased, only looks tired compared to his earlier self. Aside from Rob Lowe, I cannot think of another actor in Hollywood who is more likely to have an aging portrait in his attic; the fact that he now looks about 40 when he’s a) almost 50 and b) lived the life he’s led, is amazing.

      • Anonymous

        Though I normally find RDJ to be handsome and attractive, what you’re seeing as insouciance here strikes me as smarmy and forced here and turns me off. I also don’t like the hammy hands and clothes-tugging, which both seem distracting from and incompatible with good face (and also rule out Edgerton, who is displaying both and seems to think giving face means squinting). 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, the ‘stache ruins the Fassbender shot for me. :-(

    • Anonymous

      based on these photos fassbender or RDJ. the other ones look too straight [meaning: bourgeois not not-gay] to me. otoh, brad pitt suddenly looks like gary snyder so still N-O [if in this case for very silly personal reasons].

    • Anonymous

      To my thinking, all those with side angles are not giving face; you need the actual face, especially eye contact, with feeling. All those facing the camera but phoning it in are also disqualified. Brad looks worn out, shaggy, homeless, and sad.  Each element alone eliminates him as a contender in that shot, plus it’s a side angle with no eye contact.

      That leaves only one who is facing the camera with full eye contact, presence, intensity, and all that is required for good face, and that is Johnny Depp. He’s giving such excellent face that I find him attractive for the first time ever. So I’m stunned that you consider him to be one of the weakest. Perhaps I will come to understand why after I read all of the comments.

    • Anonymous

      These are all incredibly unattractive men.  Not handsome, not sexy.  I don’t know what anyone sees in any of them.  Yuck.

    • Anonymous

      I’m giving this one to Downey.  Fassbender’s facial hair is creeping me out.

    • Anonymous

      Ok, so I never got the Fassbender love until now.  That’s one hot cover and one hot man.  Maybe I’m newly recruited to the Fassbender Fantasy Fan Girl/Guy club.

      But it’s RDJ for the win for me.  I love that man.  I think he’s a tall drink of water – poor footwear/fashion choices and all. He’s dreamy.

      Now he is a man I can imagine snuggling up with under a blanket watching Fellini films with on a rainy Seattle Sunday morning. Fassbender would be good for a quick in-and-out, nothing more.

    • Joshua

      Still, it’s nice to see a smile without guile coming from Depp.

    • http://twitter.com/SparklyCasanova UglyCasanova

      Fassbender!  The mustache is cute.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JSGAZPEESHQT47ATH55GNOHHBY Erin

      Depp has either had eye work done or that is some truly shitty photoshopping.  Pitt makes me want to go watch *Thelma and Louise* and sob over how old we’ve all gotten.  RDJ is cute, the other guys are alright.  Fassbender, however, has done the impossible: make me lust for a man in a mustache.  Fassbender FTW.

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey, Jr.  The eyes have it.

    • Anonymous

      RDJ for the win. Johnny Depp is runner-up – for looking normal.

    • http://twitter.com/felicitas_s Felicitas Strautman

      agreed on fassbender!- he looks pretty sexy but the red mustache has got to go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555593309 Alexis Peñafuerte Wenceslao

      Fassbender is sex sex sex

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      Way to phone it in, Depp. That looks like a passport photo. 

    • Anonymous

      I normally like Fassbender, but not here…no, no no.

      RDJ is the best of the lot, but he was on the Graham Norton show last night acting like a total wank so I grudge him any lust (clearly straight from the premiere too, Law and him both on in the same clothes as the other day’s post except RDJ had switched his jacket for a stripey v-neck sweater)Depp just a bit dull.

      Pitt I actually like, perhaps because I never did like him before, too pretty. But now he’s weathering I prefer him.The others… yeah ok :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Charlotte-Siewierkiewicz/503556621 Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      Normally I’d say Depp, but if a man can make me like his ‘stache, then Fassbender is the winner. Also, his cover has the most personality.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      Sorry, Michael takes it or RDJ.  Alex is trying too hard to be tom ford.

    • Anonymous

      Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp need to make amends with Mr. Time before it’s too late, because Mr. Time is winning at this point.

    • Anonymous

      My vote is for Johnny Depp! His pic actually made me stop for a moment.  The rest were just scroll by worthy.  O’Laughlin would be runner-up if it wasn’t so photoshopped.  The rest are just – Eh.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender looks like Matthew McConoghey (not going to bother looking up how to spell that one’s name) with that ridiculous mustache, so he loses. I Johnny Depp has only ever looked truly hot in maybe a handful of pictures. Seriously, I just can’t with him and the “sexy” thing.

      The 007s win.

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey Jr – LOVE!  I like Fassbender but he is too gaunt right now. Not sexy to think you could break a guy’s jaw if you sat on his face.  Did I just say that?

    • http://korilian.livejournal.com/ korilian

      I can’t get over Fass’ wacky mustache. I’m giving this one to RDJ.

    • Anonymous

      RDJ for the win! no doubt!

    • http://twitter.com/Bloodisea Barbora

      Alex

    • Anonymous

      FASSBENDER every day and twice on Sunday.

    • http://profiles.google.com/fade131 Fade 131

      And Fassbender is the best. End of story.

    • Anonymous

      Clearly Alex O’Loughlin! Look at that dapper suit and stiff drink

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Robert Downey, Jr. Though I am glad to see that my longterm beloved, Johnny Depp, actually showered before being photographed. A nice change!
      Michael Fassbender: can’t get past the porn-y moustache.

    • http://twitter.com/GQueen GQueen

      Why does Fassbender have that thing above his lip!?

    • Anonymous

      Damn, did they have to take Fassbender’s picture while he had the Jung mustache? If one thing could hinder a face such as his, it would be that ginger caterpillar.

      I would also like to ask GQ where the hell is Tom Hardy in here, but considering their tradition of douchiness, I’m not surprised.

      ETA: Oh dear, Pitt looks aloof and annoyed and Depp looks like a murderous robot.

    • Anonymous

      Incredibly bad photos of most…especially Fassbender, who never did anything for me anyway.  RDJ and Pitt both look like homeless drunken bums.  Alex looks like he’s ready to fall off the bar stool.  Joel just smelled his own fart.

      I’m going against the grain here and give it to Johnny…best photo/best face of the bunch.  

    • Anonymous

      Never have understood why anyone thinks Pitt or Depp are all that but I’ll take one scoop of Alex and one scoop of Joel, please!!!

    • Anonymous

      Brad Pitt looks blurry. Even blurry he’s so gorgeous, but I gotta go with the sharp, if rumpled, RDJ as #1. The Depper looks just awful, he is tied for worst with the first one of the 007′s. And while the bottom half of Fassbender looks delicious, the facial hair here is freaking me out.

    • http://twitter.com/jessicapippin Jessica Pippin

      The pictures of Depp & Pitt are just weird. Fassbender wins this one! The others look great, though. Very sharp. 

    • kjthorp

      Alex O’Laughlin FTW and in my bed…
      sigh…

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender. Hands down

    • Anonymous

      DOWNEY FOR THE WIN! love that irreverent wrinkly goodness

    • Merridith Kristoffersen

      Fassbender without question.

    • Anonymous

      Brad Pitt’s looks like it was taken with my son’s kiddie camera.  Horrid.  My vote goes to O’Loughlin.  

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender: “You’re welcome, babe.” I give it a 7.
      O’Loughlin: “Ha! I pierce you with my deadpan icy stare tractor beam!” 7.5
      Downey Jr.: “Z’is okay?” 9, for sheer puppy dog scruffiness.
      Pitt: “Did I leave the oven on?” Sad, Brad. 6.
      Depp: “I play me as a blend of Howdy Doody and Mister Rogers.” 6.5
      Edgerton: “Can’t…breathe…” 7

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey Jr. – I will even go see that second Sherlock Holmes movie to see him in action, and I thought the first one was execrable.  Magazine editors, how ’bout a sexy Sherlock vs. Sherlock cover with RDJr. and Benedict Cumberbatch?  Please?  I’ve been really good (at it) this year.

    • Anonymous

      Fassbender is indeed sexy.  Downey is a cutie, especially from the neck up.  Johnny’s face is softening as he ages and it makes him look womanly.  Pitt on the other hand is growing into his look in my contrarian opinion. As someone who did not find the 1990s Pitt sexy in the least, I am loving the older Pitt. As his face has thinned down, his cheekbones are more prominent and he is getting those lovely wrinkles that come with age.  Two questions for you TLO: 1) did you see Jude Law on SNL last night?   Delicious!  2) why the heck isn’t Jude Law on the cover of GQ every month?

    • Hilary Sain

      its a draw between Johnny and Robert DJ. Mmm

    • Ebony Dawkins

      If you put Johnny Depp in the mix, every one else looks horrible by comparison. It’s like, a rule.

    • Anonymous

      Joel Edger-whatever his name is. Because he’s making fun of himself, I think. And that wins my approval.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710255360 Shannon Marie Slade

      Dow

    • http://twitter.com/Merneith Merneith

      Robert Downey has the most going on behind his eyes which makes him the most exciting imo. Fassbinder does look like a Snidely here, but it works for him. I didn’t even recognize Johnny without his facial hair.

      I can’t believe Alex O’Laughlin even deserves to be on this list. Tyra would be all up his nose about his compete inability to smize.

    • Anonymous

      Yep. It’s Downey, with that irresistible expression. Depp looks wierd. Pitt too hairy. The others too pretty.

    • http://twitter.com/angelich Heather

      Fassbender, hands down

    • Anonymous

      Downey, easily.  Hot and masculine.  (And the best part of the Downey pic?  No scrolldown footwear terror!) 

      And Depp really doesn’t look all that bad; in fact I’d put him second.  Fassebender looks like a 70′s porn star, Tux Boys just don’t do it for me, and Pitt looks more feminine by the day. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

      Robert Downey Jr for me, but then I don’t go for polished.

    • P M

      Joel Edgerton!! Those eyes – gaaaaah. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t like any of these. I don’t think they’re good photos or poses. Fassbender’s is horrific.

    • Stargatefan

      No-one gives better face than Mr. Downey Jr., so he is a clear winner. Deliciously rumbled is so hot…

    • http://twitter.com/applecocola Stacy

      Rubber Ducky is channeling the crazy disorganized charm of Sherlock Holmes and thus can be forgiven. If he were promoting Iron Man, you know for certain they would have polished him up in true Tony Stark fashion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314255041 Irina Ryabchuk

      That is the most unflattering picture of Brad Pitt that I’ve ever seen. 
      Soo it goes to RDJ!

    • Anonymous

      Who is Michael Fassbender? He is hot, my fav cover here.

    • Anonymous

      Michael Fassbender gets my blood pumping. Yum.

    • Cathy S

      Johnny Depp doesn’t even look like himself, Brad is gorgeous but he looks boring. It’s between excellent face Fassbender and crumpled Downey and because I have a thing for crumpled, is Robert Downey for the win!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_66KPZ36LMHMRQOX3HIJGHRNNUA MandyM

      Brad Pitt looked OLD in that shot. Now I realize he’s getting older and will not look like the hot stud from Thelma and Louise but I do think there are better shots of him. Depp wasn’t nearly as bad but gimme some RDJ anyday. And boy howdy that Joel Egerton can give some face! Alex is very old school Hollywood but Michael’s stash kills it for me.

    • Anonymous

      Brad Pitt looks great, but Downey wins hands down for amazing eye contact and a pop of purple.

    • Anonymous

      Alex O’Loughlin!!  Yowza, where’d he come from?

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey Jr. is tied w/Fassbender – no question.

    • Anonymous

      RDJr for the win!

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, Fassbender.  The mustache is laughable.

    • Anonymous

      RDJ.

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com/ Rebecca

      Egerton and Fassbender give the best face, in my humble opinion.

    • http://twitter.com/Kerry_McC Kerry McCombs

      Fassy is a GOD. A GOD of SEX.

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      Alex O’Loughlin. Definitely Alex O’Loughlin.

    • Anonymous

      Robert Downey. No ques.

    • http://twitter.com/Menshevixen DH

      Fassbender. No contest. A distant second is Edgerton.

    • http://profiles.google.com/eszubert Elizabeth Szubert

      I’m seeing a tie between Fassbender and RDJ for me.  Also, I’m adding Alex O’Loughlin to the looking tired/bored list.  Good in a tux, but otherwise…meh.  I am a fan of him and his Hawaii Five-O work as Steve McGarrett, but his GQ cover is barely a blip on the radar.

    • http://profiles.google.com/argiebear Gustavo Casals

      Fassbender is on fire, the porn mustache makes me hot and bothered.
      Now Johnnie… what’s with the botox? Awful. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2254843 Kara Lang Guminski

      FASSBENDER FTW, even with the moustache.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625120374 Jessica Walsh

      RDJ.  oh my god RDJ.

    • frankystein123

      None of them, they all look kinda douchey.