Tuesday, May 28, 2013

UPDATED: Henry Cavill for Details Magazine June/July 2013

Photographed by Mark Seliger 

On how he reacted when he got the part as the new Superman: “When I found out I got the part, I was home playing ‘World of Warcraft.’ I had to play it cool. but the second we hung up, I just sprinted up and down my stairs cheering and whooping like a madman. I kept looking in the mirror, going, ‘I don’t believe it. I’m Superman? I’m Superman!’”

On struggling with his weight as a kid: “I was fat … I was Fat Cavill.” Still, he managed to land his first role in a filmed adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. Cavill, then 17, got whipped into shape. “I lost one and a half stone” — 21 pounds — “and I wasn’t Fat Cavill anymore.”

On meeting Russell Crowe (who plays Cavill's father in Man of Steel) for the first time years ago (Cavill was in boarding school back then): "He was on campus filming Proof of Life. Everyone was standing in semicircle, and I thought, 'We looks ridiculous, staring like he's some kind of prize pone.' So I walked up and said, 'Hi, my name is Henry, I'm thinking of becoming an actor. What's the acting world like?' He said something like, 'Sometimes it's great. Sometimes it's not great. it's fun acting. And they pay well.' Then everyone ran up and asked for autographs, and i turned to Russell and said, 'Run.'" several days later, Cavill received a package from Crowe containing snacks, a rugby jersey, and a CD of the actor's band. "There was also a signed note," Cavill says, picking up a fry. "It said, 'Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.'" On the set of Man of Steel, Cavill reminded Crowe of their meeting. "I told him, 'I was the fat one who didnt ask for your autograph.' He looked at me blankly, and then he actually remembered."

On wanting to please the audience: “This character matters so much to so many people. I want to get that right. I want to do it justice. I want people to believe in the character and have faith in the character and kids to grow up wanting to be Superman.”

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