Like thousands of men across the globe, Kevin Connolly put down his razor after November 1. The reason? To help raise funds and awareness for men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer.
As part of the Movember campaign — which asks men to grow mustaches throughout the month of November — the 37-year-old actor/director has been able to honor his father, who lost his own battle with cancer several years ago.
"Both my parents died on the young side. My father was 45 and my mother was 61, so cancer's affected me in a big way," Connolly tells Us Weekly.
"Nowadays if you have a mustache, people look at you like you're crazy," he laughs. "But when I was growing up I never saw my dad without a mustache. It's a fun way to sort of pay homage to my pops and it's for a good cause."
Growing facial hair is "way more of a commitment," the Entourage star points out. "It's not just, 'Hey, write a check or come to an event.' Believe me, I've taken a lot of heat for my mustache. The thing about it is that it's for awareness, and I've certainly made people become aware of it."
"The idea is that you wake up on November 1, you shave, and for the rest of the month you don't. You can shave anything expect your mustache," he tells Us. "You can groom it and keep it in check, but the idea is to grow a full blown 'stache."
Once the month is over, will Connolly miss his new fuzz?
"I'll probably have to take it down a little bit because it's going to be like Doc Holiday by the end of this month," he jokes.
In 2010, the Movember campaign raised $7.5 million in the United States alone. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit Connolly's Movember page.
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