Interviews & Magazines
21 Jun Flying high
British actor Henry Cavill is charming, polite and looks like a supermodel with his chiselled cheekbones, dimpled chin and the sleeves of his white cotton shirt rolled up to his elbows to reveal some of the muscles he created to play Superman in the coming blockbuster Man of Steel. The 30-year-old British actor appears to be so earnest and humble, in fact, that you start wondering if anybody could really be this much of a nice guy.
Russell Crowe and Henry Cavill's paths first crossed when Crowe was filming scenes for Proof of Life at Cavill's boarding school. Cavill, who had been in school productions, sought acting advice and questioned Crowe. Crowe remembered the schoolboy and sent him a parcel, which included signed photograph. Years later their paths crossed again in a gym, and then eventually as co-stars in the latest Superman film.
Henry Cavill, who has two dads in Man of Steel — Jor-El (Russell Crowe) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) — talked about which one was more like his father, Colin Cavill, in real life.
It’s a strain to be Superman, even for someone with as sizable shoulders as British actor Henry Cavill. The stress of carrying the world and “Man of Steel,” the $225-million Warner Bros. reboot of the Superman franchise, is showing on Cavill’s sculpted face. He’s built up a steely reserve as the scrutiny of his public and private life becomes more intense. And it comes after mining his own awkward adolescence to play a character steeped in loneliness and confusion.
‘All of a sudden, you turn around, look at yourself in the mirror and you’re Superman,’ says Henry Cavill, recalling the moment he tried on his costume for Man Of Steel. ‘It’s a feeling I will never forget,’ he adds, his eyes flashing with excitement, ‘because all I saw was Superman the character. I didn’t see Henry Cavill wearing a costume.’
Once called the unluckiest man in Hollywood for losing out on major roles, Henry Cavill now suits up for a potentially career-changing role as Superman in Man of Steel.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures comes ‘Man of Steel,’ starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, under the direction of Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen). In the story, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
It takes a lot for a bloke to carry off a skin-tight blue suit with knee-high boots and a flowing cape – but Henry Cavill manages it with ease. The handsome Brit actor certainly looks the part as the new Superman. And the secret, he claims, is the lack of comical red underpants traditionally worn outside the costume.