September 26, 2019

Movies’ Most Famous Eyewear

From Clark Kent to Tony Montana and Holly Golightly… plus more!

Grab your popcorn, and settle down beside us. We’re about to take you on a journey to meet some of our favorite movie characters. Call us biased… but every one of them is a bespectacled (or sunglassed) protagonist!

1. Clark Kent                                      

Perhaps everyone’s favorite superhero, Superman (in the guise of Clark Kent), is rarely seen without his glasses. Ever wondered why he chose glasses to be part of his disguise? The word amongst Superman fans is that through these glasses, he would subconsciously use his ‘super-hypnosis’ (remember that?) to persuade people to view him as physically different than Superman. For sure, we all do! But there are still few more lovable characters in the history of movies than Stan Lee’s ever-so-slightly nerdy Clark Kent. We wonder how the optician never recognized him when he went in for his eye test though!

2. Holly Golightly                              

The Blake Edwards-directed 1961 movie ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ introduced the world to the delightfully naïve Miss Golightly – played by the delightfully delightful Audrey Hepburn (and for which she received an Oscar nomination). People often mistakenly think that Audrey Hepburn sunglasses from Breakfast at Tiffany’s are a model from Ray-Ban. In fact, they are Oliver Goldsmith ‘Manhattans’.  Also, they are not black sunglasses – as thought by many – but instead a dark tortoise shell that looks black in certain lighting.

3. Harry Potter                                  

You’ll either love or loathe this young English wizard. Sometimes, we’re not quite sure which camp we fall in to, but he makes it on to our list by being the wearer the most famous spectacles from the opening decade of the 21st century! Much featured in a generation of children’s fancy-dress costumes, these simple, round, wire-framed glasses held no magical powers themselves – although if ever in need of repair, Hermione Granger’s ‘Occulus Reparo’ spell would soon deliver a supernatural fix! Who is your favorite eyeglass-wearer from the Harry Potter series? If we had to pick another, it would be Albus Dumbledore for sure!

4. Thomas A. Anderson / Neo          

The Keanu Reeves character in ‘The Matrix’ franchise, Neo, wears a bespoke pair of sunglasses made for the movie by a designer from the eyewear company Blinde. The reason his character – and so many others in the movie – wear sunglasses ALL THE TIME is, like the movie itself, rather complex. So, we’ll try and keep it simple: they wear sunglasses to cover their eyes from the false world within. Interestingly, Agent Smith’s sunglasses are only taken off when he tells his inner feelings about the matrix to Morpheus, and while he fights Neo. This only leads to him seeing that he will be defeated. The moral of the story is: no matter how dark it gets, leave your shades on!

5. Maverick                                       

Once he’d popped on his Ray-Ban 3025s (with gold-metallic frames and grey lenses), Top Gun’s Tom Cruise really didn’t have to try too hard. Every time he’s on screen he’s nailing his role as the “too cool for (flying) school” hero. If we passed the test for flight school, we’d wear Aviators too. Well, we’d kind of feel obliged to! Reportedly, Maverick was responsible for a 40% uptick in the sales of Aviators following release of the movie!

6. Tony Montana                              

Not the friendliest of characters, but Al Pacino’s Tony Montana from the 1983 movie ‘Scarface’ rocks his Carrera Porsche Design 5622 sunglasses well. And, anyway, who would be brave (or foolish) enough to criticize this hit-man’s style? It wouldn’t end well: “You wanna waste my time? Okay. I call my lawyer. He’s the best lawyer in Miami. He’s such a good lawyer, that by tomorrow morning, you gonna be working in Alaska. So, dress warm.” – Tony Montana, in ‘Scarface’ (love the Carreras Tony!!)

7 & 8. Jake and Elwood Blues           

In ‘The Blues Brothers’, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi wear their Wayfarers well. In fact, their choice of Ray-Ban is one of the contributing factors to the movie’s now iconic status – well, that and the music of Aretha Franklin and James Brown amongst others. They exemplified the rock-and-roll dress code of the 1980s and, well, who didn’t feel 20 degrees cooler with a pair of Wayfarers on their face?

9. Austin Powers                               

No need to dwell too much on the voracity of Austin Powers’ horn-rimmed glasses, but they were very much in character with this ‘switched on’ and ‘smashing’ hero, and often put to great use as comic props. Yeah baby, yeah!

10. Tyler Durden                               

We can’t round off a list of famous eyeglass wearers without adding an honorable (or, perhaps, dishonorable) mention of Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s ‘Fight Club’ movie. What’s the first rule of Fight Club? Wear Cazal 725s to make sure you get remembered!    

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