Movie star uses contact lenses for iconic role

Movie star uses contact lenses for iconic role

By Emily Tait

The star of the new Nightmare on Elm Street remake has revealed how contact lenses played a key part in him reinventing an upcoming role.

Jackie Earle Haley played the role of Freddie Krueger in the 2010 reimagining of the classic 1984 Wes Craven horror, and underwent an arduous make-up process every day in order to transform into the dream-stalking killer.

Speaking ahead of the film"s release in the US this week, Haley said the contact lenses were purely for aesthetic purposes but achieved the effect of combining with the prosthetic makeup and turning him into a frightening monster.

"I was given contact lenses to wear and I was blind in one eye. But the combination of being half-blind and losing the sense of touch from your hands really fed into the character," he said.

Another entertainer was extolling the virtues of contact lenses recently, as Beverley Knight told the Guardian that she wears them throughout the day in place of glasses.

by Martin Burns

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