Monday, March 5, 2012
'V for Vendetta' director James McTeigue lauds Anonymous mask use
V For Vendetta director James McTeigue has applauded hacker group Anonymous's use of the distinctive masks from the comic book movie.
McTeigue, whose John Cusack-led movie The Raven opens in the UK on March 9, told Digital Spy that he enjoys seeing the Guy Fawkes masks in use by protestors seeking anonymity.
"I think whether it's the Anonymous guys, Occupy Wall Street or the Scientologist protestors, whenever you can do something that seeps in culturally that's a great thing," the Australian filmmaker said.
"Ultimately when Alan Moore and David Lloyd made the original V For Vendetta it was an approximation of Guy Fawkes, who was the original agitator, I guess, in this country."
McTeigue added: "I like seeing it around. It's good that you can have a discussion about things that are anti-establishment. If you can be anonymous behind the mask, then it's great."
The movie adaptation of V For Vendetta, starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, centred on a masked revolutionary called V as he attempts to bring down a totalitarian regime in the UK.