TRUTH OR DARE­DEVIL

Char­lie Cox is the stylish su­per­hero we need right now

Sharp - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Matt Doyle Art Di­rec­tion by Evan Kamin­sky Styling by Rachel Wirkus for The Wall Group

Mod­esty comes easy to Char­lie Cox. He was born in Lon­don and grew up in south­ern Eng­land, a fa­nat­i­cal sports fan of slight de­meanour (he now clocks in at a whop­ping 5’8”) and even slighter as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a fa­mous ac­tor. “I’m ac­tu­ally very tal­ent­less,” he says. “Ac­tors tend to be artis­tic, and I’m not at all. Singing is a bad thing for me. And I can’t draw any­thing.” Which is fine, be­cause Cox doesn’t have to sing or draw in his role as Dare­devil, the fear­less red-suited Marvel su­per­hero who ap­pears in both his own se­ries (aptly called Dare­devil) and along­side Jes­sica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in Net­flix’s su­per-ensem­ble The De­fend­ers.

In­stead, Cox just has to sell death-de­fy­ing leaps and re­mark­able — you might even say su­per­hu­man — ath­letic prow­ess. That, he can han­dle. “I was never a comic book guy grow­ing up. I was all about sports, man,” he says. “Mug­gsy Bogues was a hero of mine. He’s only 5’3” but he could dunk. When I heard that, I thought, I’m gonna fig­ure that out.” Cox delved head­long into per­fect­ing his sport­ing prow­ess, though ad­mit­tedly stuck to more Bri­tish pur­suits like soc­cer or rugby than bas­ket­ball — any­thing, though, that in­volved us­ing his body and the chance that he might be able to show some­one up on the play­ing field. That even in­cluded a brief stint at cir­cus school, where he learned some (now very hid­den) tal­ents. “The one thing I can do is ride a uni­cy­cle. And jug­gle. Stuff like that,” he says. “It’s very use­ful.” If you ask us, that’s far more im­pres­sive than any­thing his Marvel al­ter ego can do.

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