Charlie Cox is known for his exceptional acting as the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. The character is canonically blind. The actor has played the role since 2015, reprising his role three years after the end of Daredevil in 2021 with Spider-Man: No Way Home. His return to the role created an uproar of excitement amongst the fans. Looking back to his older interviews during the third season of the show; the question of how he acted as the man who saw without his eyes was risen.
When asked whether he did something special to act in the show, Charlie Cox stated that he had initially bought a pair of contact lenses to help him not see. Blinding him literally so he could act better as Matt Murdock.
Charlie Cox Runs Around Blind On The Set Of Daredevil
Charlie Cox bought a pair of contact lenses to help him in quite literally turning a blind eye towards his cast. This did not so much help those around him as it became problematic for the rest of the crew as they had to guide the actor around the set to help him around. He did keep the lenses for the first episode of the show but then chose to get rid of them due to the nuisance they were causing.
He then decided to learn from and observe a man who has been legally blind for more than 20 years. He adapted to his surroundings and his cast mates, making sure he does not properly look at them while he is doing his scenes. Although he could still see, he copied the man’s way of doing things. Due to Daredevil’s powers, the actor needed to be able to see because although the character is legally blind, he can still sense his surroundings, so much so that he does not necessarily need a walking stick or help function in his day-to-day life.
Charlie Cox Interacting With His Cast While Playing Daredevil
Daredevil may wear a cowl while running around Hell’s Kitchen, but Matt Murdock does not always have his eyes covered at all times. So when interacting with his cast, Cox would often look anywhere but those standing in front of him. Deborah Ann Wall, the actress who played Karen Page had stated in an interview that she would often forget that he was supposed to act blind and would start to wonder why The Defenders actor would not look at her.
Cox would often slip up though. He would look at Wall when the shots focused on her to build more on the connection which would otherwise be difficult to find because of the lack of eye contact.
Charlie Cox’s latest appearance as Daredevil was in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and would once again reprise the role in his upcoming series Daredevil: Born Again scheduled to release in 2024.