Cover Boys: GQ December 2013 Issue

Posted on November 15, 2013

It seems wrong to do our normal “¿Quién es más macho?” Cover Boy Face-Off schtick when one of the men featured here died recently. So we’ll just say this: Timberlake looks like a brat, Lamar looks suave, the Gandolfini picture is sad, we didn’t realize how different Ron Burgundy looks from Will Ferrell (who looks good here), and Matthew McConaughey has an enviable waist for a man in his mid-forties.



Justin Timberlake

Kendrick Lamar

James Gandolfini

Will Ferrell

Matthew McConaughey


[Photo Credit: Sebastian Kim for GQ Magazine]

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  • lunchcoma

    Ugh. I had already had enough of you and your bad acting Justin Timberlake. You really didn’t need to throw in a stupid necklace on top of everything.

    • tereliz

      He looks dirty. No, oily.

      • lunchcoma


        • Vtg Fashion Library


    • mshesterp

      I don’t mind the look (the hair is questionable), but the necklace…who’s still wearing a necklace like that, boy stars?

      • Vtg Fashion Library

        He’s obviously trying to make “fetch” happen.

  •,4300/ Genevieve Koski

    Each tie skinnier than the last.

  • decormaven

    That’s the tiniest tiebar that Matthew McC is sporting. Paper clips have more presence.

    • jspark

      skinny tie, BIG dimples. Love it.

  • WendyD

    I’ll apologize if I must, but Timberlake can so get it if he wants.

    • Tonia682

      Definitely NO need to apologize……

  • sugarkane105

    That’s the least greasy I’ve seen Matty look in a long time.

  • Latin Buddy

    Seriously, I say this everytime, Justin Timberlake is a horrible actor. He has SOME marginal comedic talent but so do some characters on SNL but that doesn’t mean they belong in 2.5 hr long movies (Chris Kattan, anyone?).

    The Gandolfini cover is sad. RIP Tony Soprano!

    • Sobaika

      SNL is the only thing he’s been consistently good in. And probably because he had all those Mickey Mouse years to fall back on.

      I will continue to be mad I paid actual money to see In Time.

      • Retromat

        Just for a moment I thought you were referring to Gandolfini here and was all “Micky Mouse years? How did I miss those?” Then it hit me. However, now I wish there had been James Gandolfini mouse years because how awesome would that be?

      • TropiCarla

        That and Fallon’s show. After seeing Facebook I wouldn’t dare attempt another JT movie. SNL and Fallon is enough for me.

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    • sugarkane105

      His acting has been questionable in the past, but I will say that I think this cover is making note of how big his album was this year, not any of his movies.

      • Guest

        For a moment I thought you were referring to Gandolfini here and was all “Micky Mouse years? How did I miss those?” Then I got it. But now I wish there had been James Gandolfini mouse years because how awesome would that be?

    • Adrianna Grężak

      I agree, I thought his performance was contrived in Social Network. He’s a charasmatic person, which used to be enough to warrent you as an actor.

    • International Model

      I have all the feelings about how sketch comedy is directed. (I’m an extra bitter kitten when it comes to that.)

    • lunchcoma

      He’s fine enough on SNL, and I wouldn’t object too much if he did the occasional small role in a romantic comedy.

      But at this point, he’s taking up space in movies that should be filled with people who can actually act.

      • fursa_saida

        I was just going to say, the only thing I really ever liked him in was Friends With Benefits, a romantic comedy with Mila Kunis. But he was helped a lot by really clever writing and, of course, Mila Kunis. He needs to get out of ~serious~ movies, and also preferably my entire existence, immediately.

    • Cara Lo

      I’ve always found his SNL episodes pretty hard to watch, actually. Like sitting through a bad middle school talent show.

      • Claudia

        Yes, he’s a little too self aware for my liking. Its the worst when you know someone knows their “being funny”. I can only really appreciate his humour when he’s singing…

        • Cara Lo

          Exactly! It’s that massive amount of love he has for himself! It permeates everything he says and does and makes him totally unattractive to me.

  • decormaven

    These are our choices for men of the year?

    • sugarkane105

      I’m just thankful Robin Thicke wasn’t thrown into the mix.

    • Heather

      Gandolfini, without question. Others… no.

      RIP Jim G.

      • Renaton

        I love Gandolfini and all, but Enough Said no way puts him up front of Kendrick, who had an amazing year and is doing the best rap out in the moment and had an instant classic album, and McConaughey who has really been doing his best in improving his career significantly and giving excellent performances consistently. Justin and Will I think were great choices as well, but I can see why some wouldn’t be into them even though I think they are pretty great.

        I appreciate giving Gandolfini a cover because it’s an extremely unfortunate loss and he was a man who has given one of the most iconic performances of all time and a very talented actor who was just starting to get roles that matched his chops on films, but his passing does not negate other entertainers who have defined the year with their work.

  • annabelle archer

    That’ll do.

  • hillmad

    I’m afraid Timberlake is sliding into Robin Thicke territory…

    • decormaven

      Greased by the hair pomade, no doubt.

      • sojourneryouth

        Beat me to it! I made the same comment. Both are getting douchier by the day.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Love Kendrick, he is as adorable as he is talended. Also love Will and James pictures. Justin should just go away for a while, or give up acting.

  • Rick Aiello

    Wait, so skinny ties are in again? When did that happen?

  • sojourneryouth

    I wasn’t aware that Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke were morphing into the same person. All Justin needs is a Beetlejuice suit and the transformation is complete.

  • mjude

    james gandolfini…the cover makes you miss him even more…..

  • MilaXX

    I love Kendrick, but I really don’t need to know which side he dresses on. No love for JT and McConaughey has never done anything for me.

  • Donyelle

    Michael B Jordan would have been a nice cover.

    • sugarkane105

      Yes – what has Will Ferrel done this year, really? I know Anchorman 2 comes out while this is on the stands, but come on.

      • Donyelle

        He’s got a great agent. otherwise, wtf is he there?

      • MK03

        He’s starting the poledance tour for Anchorman 2.

    • Sobaika

      I know a lot of this is pulled by the strings of Hollywood agents but you’re right – he had an excellent year, professionally and artistically.

  • Rand Ortega

    M: Gandalfini. RIP to a brilliant actor. Absolutely loved “Enough Said”. .

    F: None of the above (except JG– Daddy Bear Yummy)
    K: All of the above (see F) They’re all so douchy or boring. Who the hell is Kendrick Lamar? He looks like a Mouseketeer. The next King Of Rap? Really? Reynolds, maybe…
    What? We’re not playin’ that?

    • annabelle archer

      I’ll play.

      M: Gandalfini. Y’all know I like ’em grumpy. Ferrel will be a runner up, being alive an all. Plus, I like ’em funny too.
      F: McConaughey. He just looks like a good time. Though, I’m ready for him to be back to pre Dallas Buyers Club beef cakeness.
      K: JT. I’ve heard too much gossip that he is a complete dick.

      I have zero idea who this Lamar kid is, zero.

      • Rand Ortega

        You SLAY me!

        Been to quite a few functions w/ Ferrell. He’s so low key in reals. Not all that funny. Very nice though, his wife is way more entertaining. I went to a design function where he was the host– 1 on 1 we talked being USC alums for 20 minutes–we’re both in love w/ Pete Carroll–but he sucked as host.
        McConaughey strikes me as stinking of bong water & sweat. No interest whatsoever.
        JT: He’s all about furthering JT. Total dick. From experience.

        • annabelle archer

          I love your insider stories.

          • Rand Ortega

            1 of the perks of being relegated to the Hollywood cheap seats.

    • phantom ravioli

      Kendrick Lamar made the best hip hop album (I would argue the best album, period) of 2012–as in Illmatic-level genius– and is almost certainly the most universally respected rapper in the game right now. He is pretty remarkable.

  • In_Stitches

    Timberlake looks like a pudgy russian mobster. That’s a terrible shot of him.

  • Zia Desantis

    Whoever did the photoshop on the Will Ferrell cover needs to take an anatomy class imediately.

  • jw_ny

    are thin ties back in style? I have a bunch of ’em from way back when…

  • Samantha Klein

    Um, no thank you. On all counts.

  • Danielle

    Gandolfini <3

  • pinkxxa

    I love JT but he looks just like The Situation in that pic… and he’s wearing what he’d wear to an interview too

    • calimon

      Interview? Really? an unbuttoned shirt revealing a chain necklace and chest hairs??

      • pinkxxa

        What The Sitch would wear to interviews. The cover just reminds me of Jersey Shore only with more expensive taste. They still managed to make him look gross and greasy despite how much all the crap he’s wearing probably costs.

        • calimon

          LoL! Oh, I am clearly clueless to this Sitch you speak of. But, I feel like I’ve heard enough to know I don’t need to know more 😛

  • Bexxx

    The styling on JT is terrible. I’m glad he put the acting thing to rest to put out more music. He is a fantastic pop artist. He’s cute too but hard to tell here. At least he ditched his 90’s ramen hair!
    Kendrick Lamar is adorable.
    Gandolfini breaks my heart. That’s a beautiful portrait.
    Ferrell is aging nicely.
    McCoughnagheghy I always have found to be a lovable douche. That may be due to his bromance with Woody Harrelson, my fantasy sugar daddy. But he looks good, and I think he has a self-awareness that makes his sleaziness tolerable.

    • filmcricket

      Matt McC will always have a certain place in my heart because of Dazed and Confused – still my favourite role of his. I did not know he and Woody were buds (ahem) but that actually makes perfect sense.

      • Bexxx

        And now they’re filming a detective drama together for HBO that starts in January. I am so excited.

        • mshesterp

          Ooh, it looks GOOOOOOD. They both do dark and disturbing very well.

      • decormaven

        Party at the Moon Tower!

      • annabelle archer

        Yup. He’d have to fuck up pretty significantly for me not to immediately find him charming. He’s harmless, a human puppy, who can turn it ON when he wants to. Who seems to have a pretty chill existence, can’t hate on that.

      • Carleenml

        I can’t think of another actor who plays a lawyer so convincingly (A Time to Kill/Lincoln Lawyer). I think Annabelle is right. He’s a natural charmer. Just scanning imdb and it’s hard to accept he’s been around for over twenty years. I think he’s aging better than Depp.

  • Cameron Turner

    Justin wins this… hands down..

    • calimon


  • Tracey Magyar

    I think Gandolfini is the best looking of the bunch. But, I always liked my men taller then me, heavier then me and scruffy looking.

  • vitaminC

    Poor Matthew looks like he was forced to wear Michael Scott’s Hillary Clinton pantsuit from The Office. Not good.

    • In_Stitches

      I clicked upvote too many times. Sadly, disqus doesn’t work that way.

      • vitaminC

        Ha! I’ll take it.

    • bravobravp

      “Who makes it?”
      “Um, MISSterious”

      • vitaminC

        “Michael, the pants don’t have any pockets.”
        “It’s European cut!”

        • bravobravp

          one of the most underrated episodes!

  • The Counselor

    “Timberlake looks like a brat”–see, sometimes there is truth in (photo)journalism…

  • MK03

    Wait, we could have had a John Oliver cover?? Whoever decided to feature Timberlake instead needs to be fired NOW!!

  • procrastinatrice

    Ah, Gandolfini. What an expressive face. The only picture here that makes my heart sing, even if it is a sad, sad song.

  • marlie

    Not gonna lie, I think JT looks pretty good here. I wish they’d chosen a different picture of Gandolfini. And Matt’s pants are just a smidge too tight.

  • Trickytrisha

    At least McConaughey looks better than the pic of him here earlier this week. Lots of hate here for Timberlake… which I guess I don’t understand. He’s badly styled here, hardly his fault. Actually all of them, except Ferrell and Gandolfini, rest his soul, are poorly styled, IMO.

  • filmcricket

    I very much love JT’s suit, I very much do not love the sweater, chain, and chest hair combo underneath it. Blech.

    The Gandolfini portrait is wonderful and sad.

    • kimmeister

      I like JT’s suit and sweater, it’s the chain and chest hair that aren’t working for me.

  • Blair Sylvester

    the only real fashion seems to be on Kendrick Lamar. I don’t get why men’s fashion magazines have so little fashion. are they afraid they are going to scare frat bros off

  • ashtangajunkie

    I love that photo of Gandolfini – he always reminded me of my dad. The Ferrell/Burgundy cover makes my day though. I love Ferrell. He is always fun and willing to make an ass out of himself for comedy. JT should stick to…singing, I guess. Easier to ignore.

    • conniemd

      Never understood the Will Ferrell love. The only movie of his that I have found not stupid was “Elf.”

  • Jacob Bowen

    The JT cover is a play on words of his ALBUM, not his movies, but he does definitely need to lose that necklace. With or without it my pants would still fall off if I met him, but looking at him on the cover he needs to ditch it.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Matthew McConaughey looks great here, best I’ve ever seen him.

    • formerlyAnon

      He’s a good looking man, in real life, if you like not-quite-tall and rangy.

    • conniemd

      I’ve had mad love for MM ever since “A Time to Kill.” He certainly wasn’t sleazy there. He has aged in an interesting way, becoming more edgy and sexy for mature women.

  • formerlyAnon

    I need a rest cure or something. Will Ferrell comes out ahead of the pack???
    Something needs rebooting. I’m leaving work early and going to the gym.

  • crash1212

    Gandolfini FTW. Didja see “Enough Said”? He was SO good in it.

    • mshesterp

      So, so sexy. Loved that movie. He just looks warm and lived in. I love that.

  • YoungSally

    Pardon my Spanish, but other than Sr. Gandolfini, “Quien es no macho?” I would make the question mark upside down but don’t know how on my Remington Rand.

  • foodycatAlicia

    Matthew McConaughey is biting his bottom lip. Fuck. This really is his sleaziest yet.

  • amber.

    matthew is a creepy uncle but he looks good here. next is lamar. then gandolfini, then no one.

  • Jenn B

    I seriously though the JT photo was an oddly photoshopped Jason Priestly.

  • slizzy

    Ha ha – MM and his ever present sleaze factor have become entertaining to me. How does he DO that?!

  • MishaFoomin

    I can’t see anything in the Ferrell picture but the badly bent and stretched left forearm of Ron Burgundy.

  • River

    MMM, whatevs, I would do bad things to that “brat” in a heartbeat. And I like his outfit, although I’d make him button that lowest button.

  • jjtxgrrl

    Ohhh mcConauhey. So gorgeous.

  • AndreaSkates

    See, I think JT looks hot, Lamar looks like a goofy college kid, and McConaughey looks like that smarmy guy at the gym who tries to pick up girls who are too young for him. And that’s why not everyone looks the same–so all of us can be happy.

    • Anplica Fiore

      McConaughey can pick me up at the gym anytime!

  • cocohall

    With the exception of Mr. Gandolfini, the Man of the Year bar seems to be set rather low. And with the exception of Mr. Lamar, the dial is also set to pale. Really? I realize there are others – these are just the cover boys – but still. This is as pitiful as the People Sexiest Man of the Year covers. The only people who can possibly take this seriously are the publicists who engineer their clients into position.

  • Filmjen

    Kendrick, hands down. #yabish

    • Jaeda Laurez

      That’s just how I feel.

  • snarkalicious

    I honestly thought JT was Jeremy Renner at first glance. Someone is looking a little puffy here.

  • cowper

    Russell Crowe got a haircut?

    • valerie747

      I never saw it before, but you’re right!

  • Sly

    I may be in the minority, but I love Justin Timberlake. And I’ts the magazine to blame for that look, not him. *don’t hit me, please*

  • MannahattaMamma

    blech & boring & bland. what do any of these people actually *do* to be so celebrated (with all due respect to Mr. Gandolfini)

  • demidaemon

    What scares me more is that Chris Christie is a GQ Man of the Year. *Vomits profusely*

  • halleygee

    All I’m getting out of this is that skinny ties are in.

  • Alfred Cox

    The Timberlake always manages to look douchey. That’s no surprise. The surprise is the K-Dot cleans up nicely, Ferrell actually looks polished and Matty manages to look the least douchey he’s ever looked. But the real story here is the late, great Mr. Gandofini, whose photo does him justice in a sad, heartbreaking way and gives us a final photo to remember him by. Overall very well done.

  • Akemi

    Timberlake looks like Robin Thicke in that photo, and I don’t mean that in a good way.

  • Christine

    Damn. Matthew McConaughey is killing me. I’m more than 20 years younger than him. And he’s killing me.