I have currently been working to introduce one of my good buddies to the Lord of the Rings trilogy from Peter Jackson. We are currently halfway through Return of the King (watching the extended editions, which are ridiculously long) and I have already pointed out on a repeated basis what a solid cast the films offer. Take for instance Hugo Weaving who plays the king of the elves-- King Elrond. The guy is so freakin' money that, even though his role is small, it is easy to remember.
Because of his ability for creating memorable performances (*cough* Agent Smith) most were fine with the news that Hugo Weaving was to replace James Purefoy as the infamous character 'V' in the Silver/Wachowski adaptation of the graphic novel V for Vendetta.
Now, with extremely positive buzz beginning to pop up around the film, Hugo Weaving has begun to talk about the film and what it takes to play his masked character.
Weaving a Vendetta
Hugo Weaving recently sat down with the good people over at Dark Horizons to discuss the upcoming film V for Vendetta. Actually, he spends a bit more time discussing what types of films he enjoys to make and that he hates it when a film takes many months to create (hello! Lord of the Rings!).
Not having read the acclaimed graphic novel and finding himself rapidly preparing to head to Berlin for principal photography, Weaving recalls "grabbing a copy of it as soon as I got to Berlin and I started to read it and I thought I don't even have time because I had to start work. And so I was working on my script and would then refer back to the graphic novel if there were certain things in the script which needed to be illuminated a bit more or which perhaps weren't, just to see what the original source was for particular points in the script."
Throughout the film, audiences will never see the actor's face, and Weaving said that playing the character in mask, "is a technical exercise, and then it became something slightly different so that was pretty interesting. Still I think we were still trying to go through a performance and that was very important because ultimately I realised, well the performance did start to bring the character to life, and initially I was thinking much more in terms of the outward effect and, well if I do this or if I do that. I mean the mask is still like that or that or if I do certain things and punctuate certain words with certain movements, then that will animate it. And it did to a point and then the more I did it, the more I forgot about those tiny little movements and the move the performance started doing those things for me."
Hugo Weaving goes on to mention what it takes to define the 'V' character and the final result we could expect to see on the big screen. To read the entire interview for V for Vendetta, head over to Dark Horizons.
V for Vendetta will be released to theatres on March 17th, 2006.