Bettany wears contact lenses for Darwin production

Bettany wears contact lenses for Darwin production

Blue-eyed film actor Paul Bettany has donned brown contact lenses during the filming of his latest project, according to a report.

The Wiltshire Times said the Da Vinci Code star visited Bradford on Avon to film scenes for Creation, which documents the life of Charles Darwin.

According to the newspaper, he "joked about his costume, hairstyle and brown contact lenses" and "mingled with west Wiltshire locals" as he waited for his scenes.

Bettany plays evolution theorist Darwin, while Blood Diamond actress Jennifer Connelly plays his wife.

Film and television costume departments often use coloured or other speciality contact lenses for character authenticity or effects.

However, coloured and patterned contact lenses - such as Freshlook Colours - can also be bought online with a prescription for vision correction or just for fun.

Contact lenses always need fitting properly by an optician - but once you have the fitting details these can be used to buy the lenses cheaply, with the added convenience of having them delivered right to your door.

by Adrian Galbreth

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