Many actors dive deep into their characters to bring them to life. They take on aspects of the character’s personality (sometimes quite a bit MORE than aspects, putting on the FULL persona) in the hopes that living that part when not in front of the camera will enhance and improve the performance while acting.
Much like the isolation Jon Bernthal buried himself in (as noted in this MCU Exchange piece) to understand his role as the Punisher in the second season of the Netflix series Daredevil, the hero himself, Charlie Cox did something similar during the filming of the first season to better understand the life of Matt Murdock.
Cox told Screen Geek recently what he did to get into the role,
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 [sic]– 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.
So it doesn’t sound like Cox stuck with the method acting for very long, though, as mentioned in this MCU Exchange article, he also trained with a blind acting coach to hone his ability to show the challenges of being sightless. Walking a bit in his character’s shoes obviously helped his performance as the actor received a Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind in 2015 for his portrayal.
The quality of the actors the MCU has been stocking their productions with continuously has elevated the storytelling and highlighted the reason why MCU films are seen as more than just “comic book movies”. What do you think of Cox’s commitment to the role? Let us know in the comments below.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming on Netflix
Source: Screen Geek