LORD OF THE RINGS star Elijah Wood had to don such thick glasses for his role in new film EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, he was forced to wear reverse strength contact lenses so he could actually see.

Wood, who is himself shortsighted, had to play a character with an even more severe case of myopia, and his central costume piece caused a lot more problems than he'd anticipated.

He says, "We had to figure it out because they were +7 lenses, so they were magnified to the point where looking through it,everything was a massive fish bowl and I couldn't see.

"And I'm actually relatively blind myself. So, we had to get contact lenses that were -10 to offset the balance so that I could actually see. And I could see relatively well.

"But there were a couple of days where we didn't get the contacts properly sorted out and that was kind of complex."