Philip Glenister is best known for his role as DCI Gene Hunt on the British television series Life on Mars and its sequel Ashes to Ashes. While many stars seem to have a lengthy career because of their seeming ability to never age, Philip is frequently cast based on his craggy appearance. Which is why he has vowed to never have Botox injections.
51-year old Philip Glensiter isn’t immune to the knowledge that he is aging. He recently discovered that in order to read a new script, he needed new glasses. And also that lately, he has been playing a lot of grandfathers and bemoans having his age printed in interviews, as he hopes to occassinally play younger than his age.
He jokes, “Botox? Are you kidding me? If they started smoothing me out, I’d never work again.”
Still, the self-proclaimed feminist says that he has good role models for his decision to stay away from Botox, noting, “You get people thinking, “Yeah, you’ve got a few pock marks, a few lines, therefore you’ve got to play hard nuts”, but why? Richard Burton had those things… it didn’t do him any harm, did it?”
Philip’s decision to veto Botox and play older is very different than many of his Hollywood counterparts. He says that at this point in his life he is no longer interested in gaining fame across the pond. Still, many British men who seem to want to look younger have openly admitted to using Botox.
At the top of the list is the reality show judge everyone loves to hate, Simon Cowell. Recently a father in his later years, Simon has been open about his love of Botox, reportedly saying in the past, “To me, Botox is no more unusual than toothpaste. It works, you do it once a year, who cares?”
However, Simon apparently does draw the line at invasive plastic surgery—as well as dyeing his hair.
He has said in the past, “No, absolutely not. I have not had cosmetic surgery. Yes, I’ve had Botox, but not in an obsessive way.”
“I’ve never dyed my hair, ever and I wouldn’t,” says Simon.
“I wouldn’t have plastic surgery, it looks ridiculous on guys.”
Apparently Simon is such a fan of Botox, that he even recommended getting injections to his celebrity friend, Chef Gordon Ramsey.
Despite constantly being angry and building a reputation as one of the most unpleasant cooks in the kitchen, Gordon looks like he has mellowed over the past many years. While his personality remains as feisty as ever, his countenance looks calm, thanks to having Botox injections his forehead looks calm and cool.
He told the Daily Mail back in 2009, “Simon Cowell suggested that now I’m a success in America, I should do something, so I had a filler put under the deep crevices. It hurt.”
The announcement came on the heels of Gordon adamantly denying plastic surgery. It seems that Hollywood really can change a person’s mind—even someone notoriously stubborn and hot tempered like Gordon Ramsay. Maybe Philip Glenister will follow suit eventually?