Charlie Cox certainly plays a convincing blind man in the Marvel/Netflix series, DAREDEVIL. Sure, I’m not actor, but the way that man stares off into nothingness is quite convincing for someone like me, who can’t imagine not looking at something while talking. It’s a skill that’s done Cox well in the series, but unfortunately, it sounds like that very skill may have actually cost him the role of Han Solo.
In a recent interview with THR, Cox expressed his appreciation for being able to look people in the eye in his off-Broadway show INCOGNITO, and went into an anecdote of how his playing Matt Murdock affected the aforementioned audition.
â€œItâ€™s been really fun to look people in the eye. I had gone to an audition â€” one of those things that are super secretive and they donâ€™t tell you, but Iâ€™m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo rebootâ€” and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, â€˜Why arenâ€™t you looking at me?â€™ I realized I had gotten into a habit of not making eye contact, because the only thing I had done for two years is play someone who is blind. I never got invited back, probably because they couldnâ€™t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.â€
Ouch. Of course, we don’t know for sure if that was an audition for Han Solo, and what’s more, had Cox actually been on his eye-contact game that day, we don’t even know if he’d be a right fit for the character. Either way, it’s an interesting story, and hopefully playing the role won’t make it difficult to play non-blind roles in the future, but Cox doesn’t think that’ll be a problem.
“I was fine, since I of course use my eyes in my everyday life. The interesting thing now [after playing a non-blind role in INCOGNITO] will be if itâ€™s hard to go back to playing blind again.â€
Let’s hope so. The man’s due to shoot MARVEL’S THE DEFENDERS later this year!
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