Actor wears dark contact lenses for role

Actor wears dark contact lenses for role

By Emily Tait

An actor"s use of contact lenses to look his part for a film role has been described as effective by a reviewer.

Vincent Cassel wore the dark contact lenses for his part in Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One, RTE Entertainment reports.

According to reviewer Taragh Loughrey-Grant, the contact lenses combine with his added 20lb in bulk gave him a "menacing look" throughout the movie.

The film, which is directed by Jean-Francois Richet, stars Mr Cassel as bank robber Jacques Mesrine and is the second part of a biopic chronicling the criminal"s life.

It also features Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric and Gerard Lanvin.

Contact lenses have been used by actors for a long time.

Les Anderson recently wrote a review in the DVD Times for the television series Sky, which aired in 1975.

The star, 17-year-old Marc Harrison, wore large blue contact lenses for his role as a stranded alien.

Mr Anderson said that the contact lenses "are quite disconcerting to look at".

by Emily Tait

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