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famous actors wearing iconic sunglasses
May 2022
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Watched it, bought it, styled it

Take a look at these designer frames inspired or worn by iconic action stars (physiques come separately).
Keanu Reeves, The Matrix Resurrections wearing sunglasses

Keanu Reeves, The Matrix Resurrections (2021)

Mr. Anderson, Tom Davies

Keanu Reeves is undoubtedly the coolest legacy action star still doing consistently great films – insistent on doing all his own fighting choreography, driving stunts, and learning how to use all the guns he shoots, this man is single handedly putting long-haired stunt doubles out of work. It only makes sense that Keanu’s Matrix avatar, Mr. Anderson, should have some designer shades. Tom Davies was commissioned to produce all the slick frames for The Matrix Resurrections, and now you can wear them yourself.

£395 Tom Davies at

Tom Cruise in Top Gun wearing ray bans

Tom Cruise, Top Gun (1986)

3025s, Ray Ban

The man who started it all, influencing every wannabe rockstar, actor, or sex icon in the late 80s ad infinitum. Tom Cruise’s classic Ray Ban 3025 aviators have become synonymous with his performance as loose-cannon fighter pilot, Maverick. Sophisticated, imposing, and timeless – these shades are a go to for any man looking for a reliable pair of sun shields that fit a face with strong features.

£137 Ray Ban at Simon Berry Optometrist, Durham

Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained wearing Omega sunglasses

Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained (2012)

OM0021, Omega

Already an infamously cool cat, Jamie Foxx got even chillier when he starred in a Tarantino Western about a former slave turned bounty hunter. Inspired by the specs worn by Charles Bronson’s character in The White Buffalo (1977), Jamie rocks some smart round fames complete with blinkers and a connecting top bar. To upscale this look with an ultra-premium edge, we’ve opted for Omega’s OM0021s with their similar frame, Italian quality and notorious eye for detail.

£430 Omega Boutique, Gateshead

Ryan Gosling, Drive (2011) wearing Selima Optique sunglasses

Ryan Gosling, Drive (2011)

Money 2, Selima Optique

Money 2 are an elegant yet masculine frame with a connecting top bar, in deep translucent shades. It’s a fusion of the Parisian-meets-New York style that designer Selima Salaun is known for. These large-lensed shades were modelled in a deep, slightly translucent brown by Ryan Gosling in the cult action thriller Drive, where he played a character so effortlessly cool that every man modelled their personality on him for the next five years. No-one can deny that costume designer Erin Benach has great taste in designer frames.

£336.95 (after shipping)

Mike Moh, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wearing Persol Ratti sunglasses

Mike Moh, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)

PininFarina, Persol Ratti

Probably best known for his role as Ryu in the Street Fighter film, being an accomplished stunt man, and playing Bruce Lee in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Mike doesn’t just play men of action – he is one already. Holding the rank of fifth degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, Mike was a prime choice to embody Lee in Tarantino’s film, complete with a pair of iconic PininFarinas by Persol Ratti. These shades are exclusive, vintage and very hard to come by. It’s a crime that these shades are so hard to find given their immense style. Considering they were made in 1987; you’d be forgiven for thinking these frames came from the set of Bladerunner instead.

£249 at

Will Smith, Bad Boys For Life (2020) wearing Sama Eyewear

Will Smith, Bad Boys For Life (2020)

No Hunger, Sama Eyewear

Will Smith has come a long way from the goofy kid viewers fell in love with back in his Fresh Prince days. Jumping back into the iconic Bad Boys franchise for another outing in 2020, Will held no punches (both physically and in the face-furniture department) with these unbelievably stylish frames, No Hunger by Sama Eyewear. The gold finish is loud, the ribbing on the arm is understated, the full-rim purple lenses reek of cool. These are a quick recommend for anyone with deep enough pockets to boast.


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