With the start of the pandemic, came a new age of mask-wearing. It was new, it felt weird, and we had to do it. But was it actually new? We’ve become accustomed to seeing doctors, dentists and medically related professionals donning face coverings, as well as members of religious and cultural groups. But as it turns out there are a multitude of other star-like people who have become famous over the years for their use of masks in more unconventional ways.
Let’s have some fun and take a look at some of the more famous mask-wearing celebs of the past few decades.
Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, stormtroopers and others – they were always completely covered. It is a sign of power and solidarity, and just looks cool. But for Darth Vader, it was also a means by which he could live and breathe. These characters have become iconic symbols for science fiction fans and are still popular costume choices for all ages. Children today can be seen wearing Star Wars themed masks to school.
This fictional masked character first appeared in the horror flick Halloween in 1978. The simple white expressionless mask donned by Michael Myers offered an evil and unsettling appearance. Costumes using this mask can still be seen at dress-up parties to this day. Let’s be thankful that our current medical-type masks aren’t quite so creepy!
Gotham City’s most famous resident is best known for his iconic eye mask. He certainly isn’t wearing it for medical reasons, but this chic eye mask gives him an incognito or mysterious appearance. Much like matching our outfits with our masks, Batman’s face covering is an accessory to complement his identity-hiding bat suit.
This terrifying character, portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, was a serial killer known to eat his victims. A brilliant forensic scientist with sociopathic tendencies, he is seen at points in the film donning a mask to prevent him from biting those around him. Like so many thriller or horror films, the use of masks offers an alternate visual on an otherwise normal face. This is one of the more well-known depictions of a mouth covering mask. The leather mask with a hole covered with metal strapping is a scary sight, clearly not meant for the prevention of viruses.
From these characters to Jason in the Friday the 13th films, to adorable ninjas in the Lego Ninjago series, masks are all over the place. However, it does seem that our most prolific motion-picture mask-wearers are villains or superheroes of one kind or another. At least that was the case until this year, when almost everyone has become a valiant mask aficionado. Who are some of your favourite masked characters?
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