Henry Cavill Interview for Man of Steel
The Sexiest Supes Yet!
June 17, 2013
Interview by: Dan Deevy

Written by: Rocco Passafuime

Superman is the first comic book superhero, as well as the first superhero to be made into a Hollywood film during the modern era, making a star out of the late Christopher Reeve, who played the character in the original franchise. Brandon Routh later took over the role in 2006 in the retcon sequel Superman Returns.

But in the wake of the success of the Batman Dark Knight trilogy, a similar hope for a fresher take on Superman begins with Man Of Steel, with English actor Henry Cavill now donning the titular role.

The 30 year-old is best known for his roles in the films The Count of Monte Cristo, Stardust, and Immortals, and on the Showtime TV series The Tudors. He talks about how he found his way into playing such an iconic character and if he felt some sense of responsibility was involved.

“First, I don't think it’s about finding my way into an icon,” Cavill says, “Playing an icon, you don’t try to be an icon because that defeats the purpose. The responsibility attached is enormous and the realization that it actually really, really, matters meant that I wanted to put the most amount of work into representing the character properly.”

“That specially applied when I was working out in the gym, when you feel you can’t push any harder and you can’t lift anymore weight,” he adds, “You think, hold on a second, you got to look like Superman, there’s a whole lot of people out there who are relying on me to be that super hero. So it really helped to push those extra few reps and just become that character.

Cavill talks about how Clark Kent, Superman’s human alter-ego, is being told he couldn’t fight, yet manages to somehow break through that when he’s forced into a situation.

“He broke through it in the period where gets the sage advice from Jor-El and it’s there where he really gets to test himself,” Henry says, “When it comes to the fighting aspect, it’s not really a matter of choice you have to and when it comes to characters like that, it’s not OK now I got to sort of change my thinking and just respond accordingly and that required fighting. It’s instinctual.”

Henry was asked if he took anything from other actors who have played the character and how did he play Superman differently.

“I did not take anything from the other characters that played it before,” Cavill says, “As an actor, the way I do it and the way I viewed is that all the actors that have come before, it’s their interpretation of the source material, source material being the comic books.”

“And I wanted to have my interpretation not out of a sense of ego, but in a sense that it might be a disjointed performance if I have someone else’s personality and their influence affect the interpretation of the character,” he continues, “So I went straight to the comic books and saw the older movies but I did not apply those performances to mine.”

Cavill talks about how he did the fight scenes in Man Of Steel.

“Flight, for one, there was a lot of rehearsal involved,” he says, When it came to actual super speed flight it was mostly belly pan work. Belly pan is the mold of the front of a persons body and you lie in it and a special gimble created so there’s a guy in a green suit and a green screen moving it depending on Zack’s direction and I just have to imagine what it’s like to fly.”

“We had lots of help from Zack’s sort of imagery attached to it and his direction,” Henry adds, “There was also a lot of wire work that we did during the whole stunt process, that was incredibly complex and the guys tested it amazingly. A guy called Jim Churchman just did a fantastic job on the wires. That was probably the funnest part for me in regards to flying because I got to be 40 feet up in the air and sort of just completely out of control, well someone else’s control thank goodness. That was the stuff that made you feel like flight and Superman.”

Henry was asked what kind of music he feels Superman would listen to on his IPod if he had one.

“That’s a really good question and one which I don’t really have the answer for right now,” Cavill replies, “Maybe like a whole bunch of the Hans Zimmer score or Gladiator.

Cavill talks about how what makes Superman identifiable to people to this day.

“I think some things better remain a mystery what would people do otherwise apart from talk about it,” he says, “I don’t necessarily think that he speaks to the outsider alone, he speaks to everyone or that ideal speaks to everyone. We all need hope no matter what century we are in, whatever state of life we are in, whether we are going through tragedy or not.”

“It’s just hope that everything will be ok and if it is tragedy and disaster happens I hope we can overcome it,” Henry adds, “I don’t believe it’s solely for those who are outsiders and those who think they’re alone. It’s for everyone.”



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