V for Vendetta, V Style Civilian Crowd Guy Fawkes Mask, Hat & Wig
original movie prop
A screen-used civilian crowd Guy Fawkes mask, hat, and wig worn by an extra in the revolutionary finale of the film, where hundreds of civilians donned clothing similar to V’s hero costume in masks, hats, wigs, and cloaks.
Professional Swiss airbrush artist Miss Susi Montoro (https://www.montoro.de/auftragengl.html), who painted all of V’s 56 hero fiberglass masks, was commissioned again by the production to paint 500 manufactured masks made in London. For the finale scene, she had been assisted by six other artists to help hand paint with black acrylics the eyebrows, goatee, mustache, and do some of the mixed brown airbrushing in the curves and creases. The crowd masks, like the hero masks, are airbrushed with formulated colors. Depending on the light source, the base color can come off as a warm bright white or yellow, complete with the rosy cheeks and mouth. At 460 masks that were finished, the production told them this was sufficient. The 38 blank masks remaining (after 1 was used by Susi as a test for her painting assistants and 1 taken home with permission and finished as a personal momento as shown on her website) were never finished and likely destroyed.
Over the course of the three-night shoot for the finale scene, a number of crowd sets went "missing", and after production, the majority were intentionally discarded. Presumably, anything that was capable of being taken or had remained was retrieved by crew members and subsequently dispersed into the public and collectors alike from there. A small number were sold directly by Warner Brothers studio however. Not many had survived because the film at the time wasn’t anticipated to be the massive cultural success it is today. It would be personally estimated than less than 100 masks still exist, and many less with their respective clothing accessories.
This mask is created from an approximately ~1.5-1.75mm thick white plastic sheet vacuum-formed directly from V’s hero mask. The goatee of the mask, however, is a straight line, as a result of this process; whereas the hero masks have a goatee that extends as a separate sculpted tip. What can tend to happen with bending the mask is that the goatee area cracks since the cut is circular and quite low.
It has some drips of overspray base paint on the edges as well. The black acrylics on the mustache and eyebrows have some excess overlapping paint on some of the surface areas but overall have low to very flat brush marks. All of the masks had to be finished within a week. Some areas of the mask have some overspray from the mixed dark brown airbrushing. It is finally clear-coated in a semi-gloss finish.
The back of the mask exposes the plastic's natural white color, lined with black foam padding as the base and 3 tan squared foam cut-outs in the forehead and cheeks for comfort for the actor wearing it. It seems to have some red surface make-up on the foam pads on the cheeks. The black elastic band is ~0.25" wide, tied in a small knot at the very end, and held together on each end by a ~1" black tagging attachment clips. The eyes and mouth are punctured from a die machine, with the interior of the eyes roughly painted black similar to, but not perfectly like, the hero masks. The eye die puncture shapes are asymmetrical, smaller and slightly off, therefore altering the expression of the mask when compared to the hero masks. The nose has holes that are punctured out as well.
The mask exhibits very light wear with no cracks or significant stains whatsoever, remaining in incredibly good condition after 15 years with all the important details intact.
The hat isn’t handwritten inside with a number like the others. The wig consists of pieces of dark brown synthetic hair extensions, cut slightly unevenly on the front sides, stitched to the interior and a black thin piece of squared cut fabric behind it. The hat is black and made from some sort of fur-felt material and is similar in size to V's. It is in a used condition but comes across as almost like-new with hardly any noticeable flaws.
The lot includes a pair of certificates of authenticity from Warner Brothers studio to each piece. Only a very small number of crowd props were issued with these certificates.
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