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Exclusive: Charlie Cox Actually Blinded Himself on Season One of Daredevil

Method acting. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, there are actors who take it very seriously and will go to extreme lengths to become a character.

Jared Leto is a prime example of this for when he was playing The Joker on Suicide Squad. There were many different reports that came out about the crazy things he would do on set, whether it was sending dead rats to cast members or sending them gifts and never getting out of character as The Clown Prince of Crime, he became the role.

Well, it appears you can now add Charlie Cox to that list of actors, although not as extreme and definitely not as long.

At Wizard World in Pittsburgh this past weekend, we were able to get the actor’s thoughts on preparing to play a blind character, and here’s what he had to say:

“I don’t know if you know this [or not] but on the first season, I was trying to figure out how to do it. I went to this specialist, an opticianist – and I had these lenses made that were identical to my eyes but they completely blinded me. You put them in and I couldn’t see a thing and I thought great, I’ll do that and I don’t have to do any acting. The problem with that was that after every take, someone from the crew had to come and get me and lead me away and kind of sit me down. After the second day, I was like this is going to get really old, really quick.”

Obviously, the actor figured it out, as his performance was praised by fans and critics alike, and even got him an honorary award from the Foundation for the Blind.

Marvel’s Daredevil is currently streaming on Netflix.

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