Being too committed to his role as the Man Without Fear may have sabotaged Charlie Cox's chances at playing an icon.
With Daredevil's second season behind him, Cox is currently starring in an off-Broadway show called Incognito before presumably putting on the red suit again for a third year of Daredevil and the first run of The Defenders. But even in his off-time from playing Matt Murdock, Cox can't seem to quite shake the character -- particularly his blindness.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cox revealed that he has gotten so used to not making eye contact while acting as Murdock that he does it now almost as a reflex. As a result, Cox said that he thinks his little acting quirk might have cost him a shot at playing a Star Wars legend:
"It’s been really fun to look people in the eye. 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."
Now, even though Cox said he was "pretty sure" that the audition was for the upcoming Han Solo spinoff/prequel, he doesn't have official confirmation of that. And with Alden Ehrenreich seemingly having landed the part, we may never know who else came close to getting it. But do you think Cox might have had a better chance if he merely looked the casting director in the eye?
The bigger questions are whether Cox could nail the role of a young Han Solo in the first place, and whether Disney -- which owns both Star Wars and Marvel -- would have been willing to pluck one of its rising TV superheroes and place him in what is sure to be a heavily scrutinized role in another franchise. How do you think that might have worked out?