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.
Anthony Hopkins as Odin in Thor, opening May 6: 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.
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 (probably injured in the Civil War) has seen tough times.
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.
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.
Daryl Hannah as Elle Driver in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004): She might have only one eye (her tutor Pai Mei plucked the other one out), but the California Mountain Snake can still cut you in two.
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.