Persol taps ‘i may destroy you’ actors to highlight new styles

by Stephen Garner

Persol taps I May Destroy You actors Weruche Opia and Paapa Essiedu for two short films that revisit iconic movies. In these short films, the rising stars introduce this season’s latest styles from the Italian luxury eyewear brand while acting out scenes from their favorite movies. 

Opia steps into Robert De Niro’s shoes to deliver a scene from Scorsese’s The Irishman, in which the legend dons Persol throughout. The Nigerian born, British actress looks fierce in a pair of square tortoise sunglasses from the brand’s 2020 woman’s range.

Essiedu picks Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name and plays both Armie Hammer, who originally wears Persol 649 in the movie, and Timothee Chalamet in a cleverly edited play of mirrors and angles. Simultaneously intense and suave, Essiedu looks sharp in the Persol 649 – when playing Hammer – and a titanium pilot shape when he plays Chalamet.

Born in Turin in 1917, Persol has a longstanding relationship with cinema, from the king of cool, Steve McQueen wearing folding 714 in the Thomas Crown Affair, to Daniel Craig donning a pair of wrap-around in his first outing as Bond and Bradley Cooper looking very much like a rock star with his 714 design in A Star Is Born.