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Full Metal Cuirass, And Other War Gear From The Eagle

Posted January 31, 2011 to photo album "Full Metal Cuirass, And Other War Gear From The Eagle"

In creating the world of The Eagle, the costume and production designers paid attention to every little detail, from masks to make up.

Full Metal Cuirass
The Meaning Of Armor
Suiting Up Roman Horses
Roman Helmets
Shields And Swords
The Masks Of Gladiators
Traveling Clothes
Running With Teeth And Bone
The World Of the Seal People
Seal People Rites and Rankings
Seal People Masks
Horned-Eagle Man
The Masks Of Gladiators

The Masks Of Gladiators

When Esca (Jamie Bell) pushed into the coliseum to fight, the gladiator dons a stark and frightening double-faced mask. Gladiators often donned such masks to hide their own identity, and the double-faced look, a common motif, was, explains costume designer Michael O'Connor, “inspired by the Roman god Janus known for looking both ways,” both forward and back in time. The mask created for the film was made of metal and “has two faces, one still and one with a slight grimace. It was organically designed with the armourer.”