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Back when Stranger Things Season 4 Part 1, Jimmy Campbell Bauer – the actor behind Vecna/Henry/One – showed up. sat down with IGN It was revealed that eleven actress Millie Bobby Brown burst into tears upon seeing him in a full Vecna costume.
However, at the time, he had to be shy about it, because on the show, Eleven and Vecna had yet to face each other. Now that Part Two is over, Bower spoke to IGN again and revealed that before Vecna and Eleven’s big showdown at Mind Lair, Brown cried over the scary outfit — and the production decided to roll with him.
“This is the day I’m talking about,” he says. “And her reaction, what you see on camera, is pretty much what happened that day.”
“She saw me, burst into tears, and then [cinematographer Caleb Heymann] He turned around to everyone and was like “we should shoot on Mills now”. And everyone was like, ‘Sure. Just set it up, let’s go,’ he continues. “And I gave her space, I gave her the distance, because when a reaction like that happens, it’s so important to keep it. And so I gave her the distance and I knew it was me when we were going forward, and I think that made her more comfortable…and blessed her, I totally brought her.”
This scene is one of the few big scenes of Vecna in the season finale, which also sees him finally go toe-to-toe with Eleven earlier in that episode and later lit up by Nancy, Steve, and Robin while he’s distracted in the den of reason.
And since so much about the Vecna is practical effects — he’s previously told IGN that it takes seven and a half hours to get fully dressed and prosthetic — we felt we needed to ask him if it’s In fact On fire while the Vecna was burning. It wasn’t, of course, but everything else in that scene, which sees Vecna being filmed and thrown out the window, was mostly real.
“The fire itself is digital, but in terms of giving the Nance to the Vecna spray gun face, [actress] Natalia [Dyer] He was there with the gun, and I would react to their blasts and then kind of detect the movements to try to get to them and then they would be blown out of the window. So most, if not all, of what you see is actually there, but fire isn’t. The fire element was the only thing we couldn’t do, because in fact, I was imagining that due to the nature of the artifact itself, this thing had just caught fire. It would melt on the skin. not amusing. Not worth it.”
Defeating a fiery Vecna (or so it seems) wasn’t the only brush with the elements. A flashback eventually shows Henry in the Upside Down after his first battle with Eleven – not quite a Vecna yet, but he’s still damaged by Eleven’s powers and the lighting that hit him in his descent. It’s yet another elaborate makeup look for Bower, one that shows Henry before he was fully on Vecna, but he’s still definitely damaged. Fortunately, he thinks this look only took four or five hours to prepare—a relative breeze compared to getting Vecna ready.
“When Eleven blows Henry into the Upside Down, this kind of electrocution happens, this burning, melting into the skin,” he says. “A lot of the wounds you’ll see in this situation are based on the idea of electricity melting and fire itself, actually… but I really enjoyed that day in particular, because what I can do in this scene is beyond awesome.”
As for where we left Vecna, he physically disappeared after Nancy shot him from the window. However, the show makes it clear that we haven’t seen the last of it; In the end, Will tells Mike that he can still feel him alive and suffering.
Power remains silent on whether he will return for a fifth season, unsurprisingly. But he’s watched the conversation on social media about his character, and yes, he’s even seen some memes — including those born from Netflix time out That made him don a Vecna jumpsuit, drink an iced coffee, which the internet used.
He laughs: “I saw it.” “It’s funny, you know – it was towards the end of filming, and we obviously got into such a flow, and Vanity Fair He has a video from earlier in the process [where] We all sat in silence, reading a book. And so, you know, it makes me laugh. People say that makes me human in an interesting way, and I’ll take that. If it makes me human, then it’s fine, I’m cool with her.”