Actor makes 'grow beards for Belgium' appeal

275x250.jpgBelgium is about to get a lot hairier if actor Benoit Poelvoorde has his way -- he's asked men not to shave, for their country.

The star of Man Bites Dog (below) made a TV appeal for Belgian men to grow beards until Belgium finally forms a government.

Since inconclusive elections in June last year Belgium has been run by a caretaker government and splits remain between parties from the Dutch-speaking north and French-speaking south.

"We have decided to stop shaving for as long as Belgium has no government. Let's keep our beards until Belgium rises again," Poelvoorde recently said on TV.

It's not known how many Belgian man will grow beards in a sign of political solidarity… or indeed what similar-minded women will leave un-trimmed.

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