With V for Vendetta as one of the first highly-anticipated films to be released for 2006 we have been keeping a close watch on the film. The early reviews (save one) claim the film is great and all the press the film has received has only boost the hype that much more.
One of the more interesting moves made by Warner Bros was the replacement of James Purefoy as the lead part of 'V' with Hugo Weaving. Weaving, who has been close to Warner Bros since The Matrix films, is ready to talk about what it takes to be behind a mask for an entire film.
V for Vendetta with Hugo Weaving
The good people over at Joblo have recently caught up with Hugo Weaving and got him to discuss his role as 'V' for V for Vendetta. It is currently unknown which scenes have Weaving behind the mask and the others that still have Purefoy playing the role of 'V'; I doubt we will ever know.
However, the voice track of 'V' was recorded after shooting by Weaving.
Joblo: So start out by talking about the challenges of working within a mask, the entire film? Was the mask ever off V?
Weaving: Yeah, actually funnily enough V impersonates a couple of other characters as well in the story and so the first three days shooting I was not in a mask which was actually a good introduction to everyone on set and also working as V playing another character. But the challenges of working in a mask, it’s a very fixed mask, so it’s a completely fixed expression which you can change by certain angles of the head and by movement and also by lighting, so it’s not actually an actor’s challenge so it’s actually a challenge that is faced by the art dept. who created the mask, the actor himself, the director in the choice of how it’s going to cover the mask, and also the DOP in the way it’s going to be lit for a particular scene, so it’s a collaborative challenge.
So the main challenge for me is he is very fixed, and yet he talks a lot …and he’s on film, so in the book you can read him, but you’re not looking at his face and so you can take that character in on the page, but on screen, (mumbles) that’s the challenge.
The interview goes into further detail on the character 'V' and whether Hugo Weaving finds any connection between The Matrix and V for Vendetta.
To read the entire interview on V for Vendetta, head over to Joblo.
V for Vendetta will be released to theatres on March 17th, 2006.