Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer are two of the biggest rising stars in Hollywood, both known for playing action heroes and performing daring deeds with some risky stunts. But now it’s time to find out who is the most daring dude of all. In support of the home entertainment release of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD from 7th December 2015, we pit the two stars against each other in their most well known (and not so well known roles) to find the biggest hero in this ultimate hero-off infographic.
Superman Vs The Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger has skills a-plenty such as his excellent prowess on a horse, plus he sure knows how to wield a gun. But, The Lone Ranger is not so lonely, as he has help from a Comanche Native American called Tonto, which means he’s lying about his title; not very hero-esque.
Superman has his own super-human powers and can deflect bullets, he also has super human strength. He can throw cars around like they’re confetti! The actor reached a whopping 305lbs to help bulk out for the role so Henry gets super points for sheer dedication alone.
They equal each other in their ambitions for good and doing what’s right, using their skills only in defence, so that’s plus points on both sides. And, although The Lone Ranger may be a hero, he needs weapons and help unlike Superman who is practically a weapon himself, he is known as the ‘Man of Steel.’ Ultimately, Superman AKA Henry Cavill has to win. I mean, he is Superman after all, who could beat Superman?!
Score: Henry - 1, Armie - 0
The Tudors Vs Mirror Mirror
Henry Cavill plays an English nobleman, The Duke of Suffolk, in hit TV series The Tudors. He is cunning and smart, strong and scheming with a political penchant. With his wits and status, he rises amongst the ranks and earns land and power. Proving sometimes brains are better than brawn when it comes to heroism.
This said, Armie plays a Prince in Mirror Mirror which in hierarchal terms outranks a Duke and he stands at a princely height of 6’5”. Sorry Henry. And although Armie’s Prince Alcott is easily fooled by Queen Clementianna and is tricked into drinking a ‘Puppy Love’ potion which makes him googly eyed for a pooch, the all-American boy still outranks Henry who actually angers King Henry VIII after marrying his sister.
Score: Henry - 1, Armie - 1
The Immortals Vs The Social Network
In the Immortals Henry plays Theseus, a Demigod, son of Aethra by two fathers: Aegeus and Poseidon (God of the Sea) (HCO note: according to classic myth, not Tarsem Singh's version). Things must get #awkward at family gatherings. The 6ft tall Demigod knows how to yield a sword too.
Armie Hammer plays the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, which is no mean feat to play two people in one film. The characters are incredibly intelligent and arguably have super human intelligence, attending one of the most prestigious universities in the world. But, Demigod Vs two humans? Sorry Armie, a Demigod beats any number of humans even with incredible intellect so Theseus/Henry wins this one. That’s two one to Cavill – Armie has some catching up to do.
Score: Henry - 2, Armie - 1
The Cold Light of Day Vs Blackout
In The Cold Light of Day Henry Cavill is a young business man who flies to Spain for a family holiday on board their boat. The blue eyed boy returns to the boat one day and finds his family is gone and will be killed if he does not deliver a missing briefcase. Fights, car chases and action ensues as Henry unwittingly takes on the role of ‘spy’ and battles to save his family.
Ladies' man Tommy (Armie Hammer) gets stuck in a malfunctioning elevator in scary noughties thriller Blackout. He rocks some serious neck tattoo and looks like a rock’n’roll, hell raising bad boy in this flick, which is a far cry from any previous boy next door type role he’s played before. It’s a shame he didn’t pull out his real-life guitar skills to woo his women but his luck with the ladies could rival any international super spy, so looks like Armies winning this one.
Score: Henry - 2, Armie - 2
THE EARLY STUFF:
The Count of Monte Cristo Vs Veronica Mars
They both started their careers worlds apart, Henry Cavill in a period film alongside Guy Pearce and Richard Harris. Henry Cavill stars as a Viscount Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Cristo whilst 198lb Armie Hammer plays a sports jock in Veronica Mars, which in many American High Schools is actually considered to be a hero.
Mondego is a 19th Century aristocrat who ends up entwined in revenge plots and duels with sensational swordfights afoot. This may not be a fair fight, as it’s a competition between a classic literary hero and a modern pop-culture one, yet Cavill seems to be winning this one. Even if we are just biased towards his incomparable British charm.
Score: Henry - 3, Armie - 2
AND FINALLY... THE ULTIMATE BATTLE:
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E
Napoleon Solo Vs Illya Kuryakin
From the very beginning of their careers, now to their most recent action outbreak; these two super sleuths come almost neck and neck in the ultimate hero stakes. The two nearly appeared opposite each other Batman V Superman before Ben Affleck was cast as the stoic hero.
Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) is the suave American spy who always keeps his cool, versus Illya Kuryakin the Russian weapon who is ready to go off at any point. Solo is urbane, self-assured, sociable and charming. Kuryakin, on the other hand, is reserved, intellectual, and intense. It’s a tough call as Armie does do a lot of his own stunt work but based on Solo’s cool, calm demeanour and charm, Henry wins in the final hero-off.
Score: Henry - 4, Armie - 2
AND THE WINNER IS... HENRY CAVILL
With an astonishing four points to two, it wasn’t really a competition for Henry Cavill. He is sleeker, more suave and ultimately he is Superman; the ultimate super hero – sorry Napoleon Solo.