Whenever we hear the phrase, “Man up!” we often take it as a sign to toughen up. It’s often said whenever a man is starting to get upset or emotional. But is showing emotions really a sign of weakness? Here are five famous men known for their unbelievable charisma and “tough guy” persona beg to differ.
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This famous F1 driver was not ashamed of shedding tears after his victory at the Italian Grand Prix. During this 2000 moment, Schumacher was emotional about reaching Ayrton Senna’s record of 41 Grand Prix victories. Senna was someone Schumacher looked up to as a fellow Formula One Driver; may Senna rest in peace.
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Speaking of “Happy” tears, Pharell has shed a few tears on Oprah. The famous artist and producer were moved and touched when Oprah showed him bits of clips of fans around the world performing their very own rendition of his hit song “Happy.”
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Best known for their roles as Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, these two men started as two kids on a movie set. Along with their costar Emma Watson, they were not afraid to shed a few tears during the final wrap-up of the ten-year movie franchise, Harry Potter. Many of the cast and crew members were openly sobbing as they said thank yous for a decade-long magical experience.
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Loki actor, Tom Hiddleston, was not afraid to show his attachment to his character and the Marvel franchise. When faced on the red carpet for Thor: The Dark World in 2013, an interviewer asked him how he felt as it might be the last film in the Thor film installment. Hiddleston admitted that the question had never crossed his mind until that very moment, making him tearful at the thought of never playing Loki again. Luckily, with the help of his passion and devotion to his character, that was not his last Marvel film.
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Regardless of personal political beliefs, Former President Barrack Obama is known for being a powerful and influential man. Despite this, he is also one of the many men who were not afraid to shed a tear or two in public. During his last speech as President of the United States, he tearfully thanked his wife with the words, “you took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor.” And to his daughters, he said, “Of all the things I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
You, dear reader, may have been raised to believe that men should not cry, but it is guaranteed that there is an amount of bravery in openly admitting that you care deeply for someone or something. As shown by these famous public figures, crying has helped them release frustration, gratitude, or even affection.