Anthony Hopkins as Odin in ‘Thor’ (2011)
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Singular vision: The eye patch returns on film

Anthony Hopkins as Odin in ‘Thor’ (2011)
Call it an aye for an eye. Hollywood is fixing its gaze on eye patches. The ophthalmologic trend isn’t exactly new, but the rogue’s patch is experiencing a retinal renaissance on the big screen. Here’s a closer look at movie eye patches, and what the accessory (the actors wearing them are all fully sighted) says about the character.

Let’s start with Hopkins as Odin, above: With no strings attached on the patch, the mythical figure must have access to Krazy Glue. In a pinch, the patch doubles as a spoon rest. (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel)
Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn in ‘True Grit’ (2010)
For Bridges, it was more comfortable to wear his patch on the opposite eye than John Wayne did in the 1969 version of “True Grit"; it wasn’t a creative choice to make the character his own. It’s clear Cogburn (likely injured in the Civil War) has seen tough times.  (Lorey Sebastian / Paramount Pictures)
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in ‘Iron Man 2' (2010)
Fury lost his left orb to shrapnel while in the CIA, but he’s much cooler with blinkers than without.  (Francois Duhamel / Marvel Entertainment)
Tom Cruise as Col. Claus von Stauffenberg in ‘Valkyrie’ (2008)
The German officer who tried to assassinate Hitler lost his eye when he was strafed; on Cruise, it just looks goofy. (Frank Connor / Studio Babelsberg / AFP / Getty Images)
Daryl Hannah as Elle Driver in ‘Kill Bill: Vol. 2' (2004)
She may have only one eye (her tutor Pai Mei plucked the other one out), but the California Mountain Snake can still cut you in two.  (Andrew Cooper / Miramax Films)
Robert Wagner as Number 2 in ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ (2002)
Combine the eye patch-wearing menace of Emilio Largo in James Bond’s “Thunderball” with a poop joke. (K. Wright / New Line Cinema)
Brendan Gleeson as Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody in ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ (2005)
Moody has lost several body parts in his battles against the Dark Arts, and his replacement eye (part patch, part X-ray vision device) gives him amazing magical powers. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Angelina Jolie as Franky in ‘Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow’ (2004)
With a tight, black leather tunic and the matching patch, she looks more like a Nazi dominatrix than a military officer. (Paramount Pictures)
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