Unrecognizable Casey Affleck hides behind a bushy beard while out in LA... weeks after pulling out of Oscars

Casey Affleck has made a life out of being a character.

And on Wednesday the Academy Award winner, 42, was almost unrecognizable as he stepped out with a full, bushy beard for an afternoon with pals in Beverly Hills.

In addition to his wiry, salt and pepper beard, the Manchester By The Sea star wore his tresses long and untamed, seen reaching well past his shoulders while tucked underneath a monochrome trucker hat.

Under the radar: Casey Affleck The Academy Award winner, 42, looked nearly unrecognizable while donning a full, bushy beard while out and about with pals in Beverly Hills Wednesday

Under the radar: Casey Affleck The Academy Award winner, 42, looked nearly unrecognizable while donning a full, bushy beard while out and about with pals in Beverly Hills Wednesday

Affleck also appeared slightly huskier than normal, looking sturdy as he layered up in a black and white button up and thick jacket.

He kept his hands in the pockets of his flannel lined jacket as he braced himself for the curiously chilly California day.

The younger brother of actor/filmmaker Ben Affleck was joined by two friends for his walk along the upscale Rodeo Drive.

Casey's been laying low since years-old sexual misconduct allegations against the actor resurfaced late last year during the peak of #MeToo zeitgeist. 

Lots of layers: Affleck also appeared slightly huskier than normal, looking sturdy as he layered up in a black and white button up and thick jacket

Lots of layers: Affleck also appeared slightly huskier than normal, looking sturdy as he layered up in a black and white button up and thick jacket

Fresh faced! The Manchester By The Sea actor's shaggy look was a far cry from his clean-cut younger years, seen about at the premiere of Gone Baby Gone in 2007

Fresh faced! The Manchester By The Sea actor's shaggy look was a far cry from his clean-cut younger years, seen about at the premiere of Gone Baby Gone in 2007

In 2010, he settled two lawsuits from women who said he harassed them while working together on I'm Still Here.

At the end of January Affleck, who won Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea in 2017, announced he would not be participating in this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

Oscar tradition usually has the previously year's Best Actor present Best Actress the following year.

Stepping aside: At the end of January Affleck, who won Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea in 2017, announced he would not be participating in this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Casey is seen during the 2017 awards above

Stepping aside: At the end of January Affleck, who won Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea in 2017, announced he would not be participating in this year's Academy Awards ceremony. Casey is seen during the 2017 awards above

Sources said he does not want to distract from the women nominated in the category.

After Affleck's win at last year's Oscars presenter Brie Larson silently protested his honor, refusing to clap for the New England native as he took the stage for his speech.

The 2018 Academy Awards take Los Angeles March 4. 

She won't stand for it: After Affleck's win at last year's Oscars presenter Brie Larson silently protested his honor, refusing to clap for the New England native as he took the stage for his speech, pictured above

She won't stand for it: After Affleck's win at last year's Oscars presenter Brie Larson silently protested his honor, refusing to clap for the New England native as he took the stage for his speech, pictured above

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