The guy who stopped me dead in my tracks each time he took off his shirt on Ellen's old sitcom and in several movies where he's played the goofy, but sexy side kick, has clipped his chest hair to that annoyingly even 1/8-of-an-inch-all-over length that too many guys have been doing in recent years. The gruff that he has let grow on his chin for the magazine cover even looks thicker than the stubble on this chest.
As I've said before, either let it grow naturally or shave it all off, but the plucked-goose stubble thing has got to go. It's not body hair and it's not smooth. It looks like a mistake or a half-way growth. It looks itchy as hell. It has no significance of its own.
No doubt having turned 40 last year, Piven, or his managers and publicists, has decided that body hair, which was sexy in his 20s, takes on new, negative associates now that he has reached middle age. He looks a little like he's starving himself in the picture and has apparently donned a toupee or plugs as well. I had to do double and triple takes to confirm that it was even him on the cover.