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The British actor pushed himself to the limits to build an action hero’s physique in Immortals. Now he faces a more formidable test – becoming Superman. Here he talks exclusively about building sky high success out of down-to-Earth effort
Much has been made of British actor Henry Cavill's abs in this week's Immortals, or the strange, logic-defying Superman beard spied on the set of Man of Steel. Never mind that the 28-year-old actor turns in a persuasive dramatic performance in Tarsem's stylized fantasy myth, playing the classic hero Theseus as an honorable peasant battling a sadistic god-hating tyrant (Mickey Rourke) with the aid of a comely priestess (Freida Pinto) and supernatural bow and arrows. But therein lies the surprise: Go to Immortals for the bloody action, or the mythological spin, or the wonderment of Tarsem's visuals, and you'll also get the pleasant revelation that Cavill wears leading man status like a natural. After years of flying under the radar for "long periods of time... scrambling…
In Immortals, the hyper-stylized Greek mythology movie that opens this weekend, Henry Cavill plays brave Theseus, a man who is told by gods and oracles that he has a date with destiny. Cavill can relate, in a way, because a little more than a decade ago, while he was still at a boarding school in Buckinghamshire, England, Cavill shook hands with the future.
He wasn't cast as James Bond, nor Batman - though he auditioned for both - but British actor Henry Cavill will still be doing some world-saving as Superman in Zack Snyder's forthcoming take on the Man of Steel. To bag the role he had to pass the biggest test of all, putting on blue tights without a chuckle and still managing to look like a hero. Meanwhile, this week he stars in Immortals opposite Freida Pinto, and took some time out to speak exclusively to GQIndia.com about both roles.
Starring in an action movie called 'Immortals' seems like a daunting task. Even more daunting is to star in a movie called 'Immortals' that is being publicized as being “from the producers of ‘300′” — one of the most beloved and high intensity action films in recent times. Even more daunting is to do all of that while executing fight sequences half naked. But all of these worries go unnoticed, forgotten even, when watching the larger than life movie. And that’s because Henry Cavill and Luke Evans are up to the challenge of commanding the screen. Cavill as Theseus, a peasant called upon to lead an army of men, and Evans as Zeus, the god who calls upon Theseus, show why they are currently…
Not that long ago the British film magazine Empire named the British actor Henry Cavill “the Unluckiest man in Hollywood.” Cavill, a native of the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands near France, was almost Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter movies, but Robert Pattinson got the nod. He had been cast as the new Superman, only to lose the job to Brandon Routh when the project changed directors. He almost won the Edward Cullen part in Twilight (Pattinson, again) and had been in the running to be the new James Bond.
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Henry Cavill was once dubbed the unluckiest man in Hollywood. Finally on the cusp of global film fame as Immortals hits the big screen and the iconic Superman suit beckons, he has the world at his feet. Henry Cavill's career is something of a homage to Goldilocks. Seven years ago, Christopher Nolan considered him for the titular role in the Batman reboot before deciding he was too young, while Twilight author Stephanie Meyer wanted him to play vampire Edward, but by the time the film was shot, he was considered too old. Finally he's found a big-screen role that's just right. Earlier this year it was announced he'll don the red cape in Zack Snyder's Superman: Man Of Steel.
Henry Cavill looks every inch the superhero. Even in civilian guise, he is armed with steel-blue eyes and stone-hewn physique, adorned with manly stubble and hair dyed Clark-Kent black. No wonder he stars as Theseus in Immortals and is currently shooting Man of Steel as Superman. It would not shock to see him suddenly grab a sword in this Four Seasons suite and do battle with Titans.
by Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub, Collider.com: With director Tarsem Singh’s new film Immortals opening this weekend, Collider will be overrun with exclusive interviews with the filmmakers and cast over the next few days. For those not familiar with Immortals, the film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal who teams up with the Greek gods in order to defeat the power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). The film also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Joseph Morgan, Kellan Lutz, and Stephen Dorff. Anyway, earlier today I got on the phone with Henry Cavill for an exclusive interview. We talked about how he got involved in Immortals, the training, working with Tarsem and Mickey Rourke, the practical sets, his reaction to seeing the finished film, and what it was like to promote the film…