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