"Sam said, 'Hey, by the way, I need you to grow that beard.' Now Sam has a real nice bushy beard, and I was thinking you can't just tell a dude to grow a beard. That challenges his manhood, but luckily, I hit puberty just before we started filming so it all worked out." Comedian John Krasinski was under pressure from director Sam Mendes to grow his facial hair for his new movie AWAY WE GO.