Charlie Cox has been fantastic in Marvel and Netflix‘s Daredevil series, both as the beat-down dishing hero in red Daredevil and his day time blind lawyer Matt Murdock. If you watch carefully, you can see that while we all know that Daredevil knows exactly where everyone in the room is due to his heightened senses, Matt Murdock doesn’t make eye contact with those he is talking to because, hey… he’s blind and isn’t supposed to know exactly where their eyes are, just the general area. It’s all part of protecting his secret identity. Problem is, sometimes that ingrained habit can backfire when Charlie Cox the actor goes out for other roles.
Now if Cox had been reading the scene where Han is unfrozen from the carbonite and couldn’t see, he would have nailed it, but it looks like that wasn’t the case.
I had gone to an audition — one of those things that are super secretive and they don’t tell you, but I’m pretty sure it was for the Han Solo reboot— and halfway through it, the casting director stopped me and said, ‘Why aren’t you looking at me?’ 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 couldn’t figure out why I was acting like a complete idiot.
That just goes to prove that muscle memory can bite you in the butt sometimes. While we wouldn’t want to see Cox’s career stagnate, we do want him to keep playing Daredevil so we can get all those fantastic Daredevil stories onto the small screen.