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- We have compiled 20 various actors, singers and characters wearing masks – or, failing that, masks – in performances, movies or series so that you stop thinking that it is “less of a man” to wear them.
- This is how you should use and put on the surgical mask correctly in 6 simple steps as explained by a health worker in a video.
The pandemic of COVID-19 is forcing us to live in a so-called “new normal” in which masks They are an essential part of the precautionary measures that must be followed to prevent the spread of the virus. This new accessory is totally new for the day-to-day life of our society, but it seems that it is costing us men more than women to assume its use.
A study reveals that men are less likely to use it than women – and that almost 80% of victims are male. There are many reasons why we do not use it, some of them beyond discomfort and already have to do with aesthetic motivations and even think that its use makes us “less men”. But why these beliefs? Some actors and its characters most iconic in films, on the TV O singers they have worn the mask -mask failing that- on multiple occasions.
Perhaps one of the most seen cases is that of Tom Hardy, whose characters have this element as one more part of their outfits. But of course, it is important to clarify that not all masks are the same. Yes, it is possible that when talking about masks those of Batman or El Zorro come to mind. None of them cover the mouth, so we have not included them – as you will surely understand – in this list because style prevails there. In this way, the list that we have drawn up also excludes everything related to Star Wars such as Darth Vader, Boba Fett, The Mandalorian or Kylo Ren … Their galaxy is too far for us to have as an “example”, don’t you think?
We have selected a series of actors, singers and film or television characters to show that it has nothing to do with masculinity but with responsibility. Take a look and recall some cultural icons that have appeared with their faces covered on television or in the movies. You are in good company, trust us.
Tom Hardy in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ (2012)
The first of Hardy’s characters to cover his face. This is Bane, the iconic main villain of this Batman installment. “Nobody cared who I was until I put the mask on,” says the actor. And now it gives you a prime place on this list of mask icons.
Sebastian Stan in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ (2014)
This movie is not only one of the best in the Marvel Universe, but it undoubtedly presents the best example of a mask you will find. With his face half covered, Sebastian Stan’s gaze is one more character in the film. You can look at it and be sure that it is not contributing to any public health hazard.
Anthony Hopkins in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)
While you wouldn’t want to be friends with Hannibal Lecter, this version played by Anthony Hopkins is absolutely terrifying and could, you know, eat you up if you disapprove. But do you know what it won’t do? Spread no viruses. Great mask. Icon.
Tom Hardy in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015)
The Tom Hardy’s second appearance on this list comes through his starring role in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, While the mask here doesn’t fully cover her face like yours should be, it’s pretty undeniable that she looks great. Another Masked Hardy for the record books.
Regina King and ‘Watchmen’ (2019)
We could not leave out of the list any of the masks that the HBO series ‘Watchman’ taught us. One that stands out above the rest is Angela Abar, Regina King’s character. In an alternative world where agents need to protect their identities, the presence of masks and masks is served.
Believe it or not, these two Frenchmen are actually humans under those helmets and not robots programmed with greater power to make the best music possible. But as their various productions and songs have shown over the years, you don’t have to see their faces to succeed.
Tom Hardy in ‘Dunkerque’ (2017)
If you wear a face mask like Tom Hardy’s in ‘Dunkirk’, you will be the sea of protected.
Tim Blake Nelson en ‘Watchmen’ (2019)
Angela Abar was the central character in ‘Watchmen’, but there is no debate about the impact Tim Blake Nelson had in playing Looking Glass, a mindless cop who completely wraps his head in a mirror mask. No mouth holes and no eye holes, no spreading problem.
Jackie Earle Haley in ‘Watchmen’ (2009)
The Looking Glass character could be perfectly inspired by Rorschach, the near-leading detective character from Alan Moore’s original ‘Watchmen’ comic. Brought to life by Jackie Earle Haley in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation, it was one of the only parts of the movie that truly stayed true to the comic. But other than that, this is a skin that would really work. Good job.
Hera Hilmar in ‘Mortal Engines’ (2019)
You may not have seen this big-budget movie that flopped at the box office in 2018. It’s about post-apocalyptic battles between entire countries, except now on wheels; and Hera Hilmar as Hester Shaw, a fugitive assassin who bears a grudge against the movie’s villain, wearing a mask.
Tom Hardy and ‘Venom’ (2018)
Taking the octopus as a pet, Tom Hardy in ‘Venom’ covers his face, this time alien style. It’s not a mask … but it doesn’t expose you to the virus either.
Hugh Keays-Byrne in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (2015)
The villain of this movie is Immortan Joe, an old man with powdered skin, long hair, and an incredibly savage mask that somehow adds to how cool and sinister he looks.
Billie Eilish (2019)
Eilish recently landed in the world of music, but she is already a superstar with some experience in the mask game. At the Glastonbury festival (England) in 2019, she wore a similar to the one she wore on the red carpet at the 2020 Grammys.
Alec Baldwin as Dennis in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie’ (2004)
Alec Baldwin’s soft voice was a perfect choice for this nautical hit man in the SpongeBob movie, and while he’s clearly inspired by a wild west bandit, it doesn’t hurt to recommend him as a great mask wearer.
Ghostface en ‘Scream’ 1, 2, 3, and 4
Secret identities? Yes. Assassins? Yes. Scaring the teenagers? Yes. Stay safe behind a mask? Also if.
Marshmello has seen his popularity grow in recent years with several hits, but always behind his mask / helmet.
Deadmau5 is one step ahead with a tech helmet full of lights. Safe and showing.
Ryan Gosling in ‘Crossroads’ (2012)
It’s not a mask, really … but a motorcycle helmet with sunglasses. Gosling kept his face covered in this movie while robbing a bank. Although not exactly the most moral option, he covered his face.
Kanye West in the turn of ‘Yeezus’ (2014)
One part of the tour he wore a most striking mask that covered his entire face. Kanye risks a lot in fashion and, although this is not very wearable, it does give him a place on this list of icons.
Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees in ‘Friday the 13th’
Perhaps the most famous masked man on this list? Jason Voorhees has terrorized teenagers for decades, in camp, in Manhattan, in space, but he has always been kind enough to do so with a machete and not spreading any viruses. Have you ever seen this guy without the mask? Better, because that way you are safe.
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