Movie Fact #877 – November 5th, 2015:

The domino scene for the 2006 political thriller film “V for Vendetta” where the character V (Played by Hugo Weaving) tips over black and red dominoes to form a giant letter V, involved 22,000 dominoes. It actually took 4 professional domino assemblers 200 hours to set it up. On an interesting note, the character of V wasn’t always played by Hugo Weaving.

Certain scenes within the film feature actor James Purefoy as V, who was originally cast in the role. What occurred was Purefoy was replaced by Weaving four weeks into filming. Since the character of V was masked behind the Guy Fawkes mask for the entire film, Weaving’s voice was simply dubbed over Purefoy’s performance. In an interview, director James McTeigue actually quoted, “Can I tell the difference? Yeah. Can the audience tell? I doubt it.”

So a couple surprises tonight. One, apparently there is such a thing as a professional domino assembler and, two, V, it seems, was really a faceless symbol of everyone because, off-camera, multiple people were behind that mask just like that final scene in the movie where the entire population of London wore Guy Fawkes masks, united as a symbol of one.

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