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A myopic ''Mummy''

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Q: In The Mummy, the creature (Arnold Vosloo), rebuilding himself with fresh body parts, heists the eyeballs of a blind-as-a-bat fortune hunter. But if the victim wasn’t able to see straight with his myopic peepers, how could Mummy Dearest?

A: He couldn’t, says Dr. Andrew Iwach, spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. First of all, medically speaking, ”we don’t just take an eyeball and sew it in,” says Iwach. ”But even if we could, if the optics of the donor eyes are lousy, the recipient will have the same vision issues.” In other words, the Mummy should have been stumbling around in those catacombs like Mr. Magoo. But don’t blame writer-director Stephen Sommers for being shortsighted. ”I’m really anal about making sure there are no story holes,” says Sommers. ”In an early script, the Mummy actually has trouble with those eyes. But I decided there should be nothing funny about the Mummy. It was a minor story point we threw away.” After all, how scary is a monster who’s just a sight gag?

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