James Purefoy Quit 'V For Vendetta' Because He Hated Wearing The Mask

February 24th, 2006 9:16am EST 1 comment favorite Add to My News
James PurefoyBritish actor James Purefoy walked out in his role in V For Vendetta after struggling to wear a mask for the entire film. The star, 41, became so frustrated at having to wear the facial prop until he went to bed at night, he eventually left the terrorist drama and was replaced by Hugo Weaving.

He said before leaving the film, "That mask is the thing I'll be wearing through the movie. We'll never see my face. It's a great acting challenge. Wearing that thing takes... a lot of takes. Spider-Man's mask comes off. Batman's mask comes off. Even the elephant man had eyes. That's all I ask for, just an eye! Every night I'm in that mask for another three hours when I go home. I have mirrors all over my apartment and I live in it until I go to bed. So my neighbors obviously think I'm mad."

Australian actor Weaving admits he can understand Purefoy's annoyance with the mask after taking over the role of V. He says, "I know the difficulties James was having and I was warned by other people. Certain difficulties with the mask. I just think it can feel very hot. You feel quite... cut off."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

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