A while ago I shared with you this gorgeous photo shoot done while Henry was promoting Immortals, but this time I have the same pictures in glorious HQ size. I’m sure you’ll love it!
“The unluckiest man in Hollywood” now has been tapped for two major starring roles.
Not that long ago the British film magazine Empire called 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.
“The funny thing is, that the roles I almost had are the ones that kept me going,” he says. “Because almost getting Bond or the previous Superman were a sign, to me, that I should keep on plugging. And I was right. It’s turning into a great year.”
The fortunes of Cavill, 28, changed with “Immortals,” the new 3-D sword and sorcery spectacle. The actor hitherto known as a supporting player on TV’s “The Tudors” shed his shirt to play Theseus, the mythical warrior/founder of Athens, battling to save humanity when Titans (led by Mickey Rourke) take on Zeus and the Olympians of ancient Greece.
“When Tarsem [Singh, the director] and I first met, I did a screen test and he said, ‘OK, let’s take the shirt off. By the way, you know if you get this part, a six-pack won’t be good enough. You’re going to need an eight-pack.’ I was far from having even a six-pack, then. But I took it as a challenge.”
Cavill could let himself go, physically, for a role in the upcoming Bruce Willis movie “The Cold Light of Day.” Then “Man of Steel,” the next Superman incarnation, beckoned. Director Zack Snyder (“300”) put Cavill into the suit and decided he could work with that.
“Back to the gym,” Cavill said with a sigh.
Cavill is finally at that point where doors open and auditions for roles might be a thing of the past. He doesn’t plan to make every character “larger than life,” pursuing more human-sized roles. But he has a dream part in mind, should anybody bother to ask.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for Alexander the Great,” he says. “It’ll be years before anybody tries that again. But I’ll keep my legs in shape for when they do!”
I added additional pictures of that portrait Henry did to LA Complex, plus pictures of an USA Today portrait, both done while he was promoting Immortals in Los Angeles. Check it:
Henry Cavill knows about overnight heroes.
In Immortals, opening today, he plays an overlooked peasant propelled to lead an army into battle against a sadistic king. But before Cavill could even step into the role’s leather sandals, the untested actor had to convince director Tarsem Singh that he, too, had the right stuff.
Going into their first meeting, “I was an unknown. But I wanted it badly,” Cavill says. “Tarsem saw the passion. And if you’ve got nothing else, passion will get you through.” Continue Reading
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.
The campus of Stowe School was being used as a backdrop for the kidnap thriller “Proof of Life,” and between shots, star Russell Crowe was amusing himself by booting a rugby ball through the posts as dozens of boys at a safe distance watched with wide-eyed fascination and a bit of fear. Cavill was in the crowd and decided that they looked foolish, so he marched up to the movie star and introduced himself. Continue Reading