During a panel at the Comic Con in Las Vegas, Daredevil star Charlie Cox spoke out about one particular story that occurred when he was preparing for the role of Matt Murdock. Evidently, he was attacked on the streets of New York City by a random woman who thought he was recording a blind man without his permission.
Understandably, an actor has to do quite a bit of research and training in order to portray a believable blind man. For those who have been able to see their whole lives, it's practically unfathomable to imagine oneself without sight. All things considered, actor Charlie Cox did a phenomenal job portraying a blind man in the first two seasons of Daredevil and in the first season of The Defenders, especially when compared to other actors who noticeably did not do as believable of a job playing a blind person.
At the panel, Charlie Cox revealed that one strategy he used when preparing for the Daredevil role was recording a blind man walking around the street in order to study his every move and see just how different blind people act in their motion. He did this with the man's permission, of course, as it would be rather creepy if he didn't. Unfortunately for Cox, there was one woman on the street who did not believe that Cox had gotten permission, and actually jumped to some of those "creepy" assumptions. Here is Cox's full story on what happened.
"The visually impaired aspect is probably the most tricky. I worked with a guy called Joe Strechay, who's become a good friend of mine. He's been legally blind for 20 years. I just spent a lot of time with him, working with him, filming him. A woman in the street once hit me because I was filming him. I was filming him with his permission, because I was trying to learn his cane technique, but she didn't know that. This woman in New York thought I was filming a blind man. And she came up to me and went, 'Oy, that's rude!' And then she hit me."
While the woman's best interests were certainly in mind, as she thought she was helping a blind man who was being followed without him knowing, perhaps her approach wasn't the best. Fortunately, Charlie Cox is able to look back on this as a funny story and not as a personal attack on his career.
Of all of the interesting stories of actor taking great leaps and sacrifices to get into their roles, this is probably one of the funniest. The Comic Con panel with Charlie Cox, shared by Collider, looked like a lot of fun, with numerous fun stories like this being shared by the different panelists. All in all, it seems like Charlie Cox's unique style of researching his role worked rather well as he gave a phenomenal performance. We can see more of Charlie Cox's portrayal of Matt Murdock in Season 3 of Daredevil, which is expected to release later this year.