V for Vendetta, V's Original Hero Guy Fawkes Fiberglass Mask

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A production used hero mask worn by Hugo Weaving in V for Vendetta (2005). Sculpted by Berndt Wenzel, the mask was originally made in Babelsberg Studio in Potsdam, Germany. There were approximately 56 masks cast in fiberglass for the production there. Before production, around a mask or two were painted as a color test by art department supervisor Robert Krüger, but the Wachowski sisters (brothers back then) were extremely tedious about the color style and technique, seeking a professional airbrush artist to complete the work. After showcasing her professional airbrushing skills on another batch of masks, Swiss artist Susi Montoro was solely hired and tasked with painting more than 50 masks back to back, absolutely identical (http://www.montoro.de/auftragengl.html). All of V's hero masks seen and used on film were painted exclusively by her, as well as the other 460 crowd masks that were painted and finished in London for the mass scene. For this special scene, she got helping hands. The mask is mostly airbrushed with formulated colors, which can take on different undertones depending on the lighting. The mustache, eyebrows, and goatee are very carefully edged/handpainted by her, with streak line details that run across swiftly. It is coated with a semi-gloss finish, with mesh attached to the eyes and mouth and strap. This mask was acquired as a very private prop.

Hero masks were only specifically used for the lead actors James Purefoy (at the time), Hugo Weaving, Deadpool 2 (2018) director/stunt double David Leitch, and closely shot extras from the BTN hijacking scene. Susi Montoro specified at the time, less than ten masks were finished initially, but more and more throughout production had to be completed as some were not as perfect, consistent, or damaged by users. Some hero masks are finished with matte, semi-gloss, satin, or totally glossy coats. Not all of the masks used in the film were the same. Hero masks are not to be confused with the crowd masks (also known as civilian masks), which were inexpensively vacuum-formed white plastic masks used only for the little glasses girl murder scene and the 460 extras in the revolutionary finale of the film. Most collectors assume they own a hero mask, but in reality, it is only a crowd or a flawed replica.

The majority of the hero masks have gone to respective cast and crew, including Hugo Weaving, the Wachowskis, Owen Paterson, and more. Susi Montoro mentions that following production, many crew members scrambled to acquire a hero mask finished by her. One of Susi Montoro’s painted test/sample hero masks next to a prototype/sample sculpt, two of her used hero masks (one with a full costume), and a "back-up" mask directly of the prototype are all on display at Babelsberg Studio. Only one hero mask has been publicly listed for sale, selling for $10,880 with a hero hat and hero cape in Profiles in History summer memorabilia auction in 2016. It was not specified to be a hero and most likely was seen as a generalized mask such as the crowd ones.

Berndt Wenzel is listed as the mask sculptor, while Susi Montoro was not properly credited in the film for her role of solely airbrushing and handpainting all of V's masks.

Display text stand by Tim Sykes.

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prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
celebrity: Hugo Weaving (11)
original (7)  |  replica (4)
movie: V for Vendetta (2005)
original (19)  |  replica (42)
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