Playing Blind

Since I’ve been behind in my MCU watching I’ve done a fabulous job of ignoring the internet in my endeavor to avoid spoilers. So, I’m only now catching a lot of the chatter about things, including a lot of Daredevil and blindness stuff. Among that was this image of Charlie Cox on my Tumblr dashboard; I very nearly fell out of my chair when I saw it.

Why? Because he’s not just walking with a white cane, he is utilizing almost perfect cane technique! Right down to the position of his index finger.

I chose not to go on in ridiculously nitpicky detail how very impressed I am with Cox’s performance as Matt Murdock from a blindness perspective. I don’t want to define his worth as an actor by that any more than I define my own existence purely as a blind person. Plus, my issues are so terribly miniscule that I don’t feel they’re worth putting into text.

Then I saw the above photo and I just had to take a moment to commend the incredible attention to detail that he’s brought to this part. It’s not often that I can say someone playing at being blind is done respectfully because the very essence of the statement sounds like a contradiction. Honestly, the most unrealistic thing about the photo is that the majority of real-life cane users themselves aren’t being as spot on with their technique as he’s showcasing here. And that’s exactly what differentiates this from the cane usage of others on film: being sloppy and/or lazy when walking with a cane and not actually using it properly. If you’re doing it right, it should be as natural as swinging your arms as you walk. What is often seen in movies and television is better described as random flailing about. There’s no effort to walk in stride with the cane and almost no one even holds it correctly! The simple fact that there are multiple schools of thought on proper cane technique only emphasizes how terribly out of place it appears on screen.

Maybe I’m the only person in all the world that even gives a damn about it and that’s fine, though, I rather doubt that’s true. Really, it’s just nice to see someone actually get it right regardless of how inconsequential it might be in the big picture of the show.

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