The film ”V for Vendetta” is a movie that is inspired by Guy Fawkes and his group’s infamous attempt to explode the House of Lords with the intention of ending the lives of the King James I and the entire Great Britain’s government on the date 5 November 1605. The event was always remembered as the ”Gunpowder Conspiracy”. If the Gunpowder Plot Group had succeeded in their plan, they wouldn’t have only killed the King, but they would have also caused the death of many other citizens, too. Therefore, the citizens celebrated the news that Fawkes was caught with a great joy.
After his arrest, Guy Fawkes faced numerous tortures and trials, and finally he was sentenced to death on 31 January 1606. The fun fact about this tragic event was that November 5th became an annual British holiday called “Guy Fawkes Day” to be celebrated by British people after that.
Inspired by that key historical incident that happened on 5 November 1605, the film ”V for Vendetta” also similarly describes the character V’s attempt to blow up the parliament building again in the year 2035. Besides being based on an interesting plot, the movie has many other interesting details as well and we are going to share those details that we caught in this post. Enjoy!
In most parts of the movie, it is possible to hear the saying in the following:
‘’Remember, remember, the 5th of November…’’
In fact, this saying is the first line of John Milton’s poem ”In Quintum Novembris (On the Fifth of November)”, which was implying the happenings on November 5, 1605. It was also a reminder of the tragic end of the people who rebelled against the authoritarian regime .
The plot of V for Vendetta has its origins from a comic strip prepared by Alan Moore. The comics was finished by Alan in 7 years.
Although being the creator of the story, Moore announced that he would not be supporting the film after reading the film’s script.
The movie was a real success when it was first screened in the United States in 2005, and it brought more than $25 million revenue.
In the scene where V introduces himself to Evey (Nathalie Portman) for the first time, he uses 48 words starting with the letter ‘V’ on purpose.
‘V’ in the movie is mostly regarded and used as a symbol of revolution and anarchy; however, the name V is adapted from the Roman numeral ‘five’ on purpose to represent the number of the room where Guy Fawkes stayed during his imprisonment. The main character especially emphasizes the letter ‘V’ in the movie as it is his reason for his vendetta.
In this popular scene of the film, 22.000 dominoes were used by 4 domino experts and they spent 200 hours to complete this scene.
Did you know that V actually passed through the fires in this scene?
But, of course, not Hugo Weaving, but his stuntman Chad Stahelski passed through the fires by representing V. Not to be hurt by fire, Stahelski used a special gel that is fire resistant.
In the movie, the Big Ben clock tower shows 11.05 before V and his army appear. The time stands for two things:
It represents the November 5th (the main date in the movie), and it also represents the name V.
In an interview about the movie, Natalie Portman was asked about her feelings for the haircut scene when she had to shave her whole hair. And Nathalie explained that she had already wanted to shave her hair for a long time and the movie luckily included such a scene, so she didn’t feel sorry at all about that.
The nickname Rookwood which was used in the film was actually the surname of one of the members of Gunpowder Plot Group who planned the assassination of King James.
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