This has been niggling at me ever since I started reading Life on Mars
fanfiction. Gene's eyes are always described as "sharp blue" or "penetratingly blue" or "cold blue" or "beautiful blue" or all kinds of variations -- but Philip Glenister's eyes are green. Green, green, green. Not blue -- green. Not even bluish-green, or greenish-blue. They're just flat-out green
Television lighting almost never reads green eyes properly (or hazel for that matter). Lighter eyes (blue, grey, green) always look blue or bluish, darker eyes (hazel, brown) always look brown or brownish. Several actors with green eyes have commented on this over the years.
Here is an interview with Philip
from the Sunday Herald
, written by a journalist sitting right there with him, in person. Quote:
Glenister has all the equipment for the screen, big or small: a magnificent face, with features that manage to be thick and sharp at once, a slightly pock-marked complexion that lends poetic resemblance to Richard Burton and, you notice when you meet him, piercing green eyes.
Now, photo shoots and publicity stills are lit entirely differently than television productions, and give you a much, much better opportunity to see the true eye color of the subject. A few examples of photos of Philip Glenister which give you his true eye color (many of these are scaled down to 50% or so, and require mouse-over click to magnify to 100% for better viewing):here
(look all the way to the right and wait for the banner to cross-fade to the photo of Glenister, wearing a wedding ring, with his hand over his mouth),
I don't expect that many fanfiction writers are going to change their mind about how they perceive Gene's eyes, but I've known that his eyes were green since early on in the series, so it's always vaguely annoyed me; I guess because truly green eyes are far rarer than blue or mixed green/blue, and it seems a shame to waste the opportunity to distinguish one of his finest features as something interestingly different. I don't blame anyone (I mean, when you get right down to it, it's hardly a big deal), but his eyes are such a lovely shade of green; I wish it were something that fanfiction used more often.ETA:
Just an example of how one might use this in a story - Sam's only been close to Gene's face while being slammed up against things, which is hardly conducive to noticing someone's eye color. But, you know, if he's in bed with Gene, face-to-face, staring into his eyes, he might notice, to his utter amazement, that Gene has shockingly beautiful green eyes... the possibilities are endless, really.... *cough*