Henry Cavill refused CGI ‘Superman’ abs: “I just want to do it myself”


Henry Cavill covers the November issue of Men’s Health to promote both The Immortals, which comes out on November 11, and his upcoming role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel reboot. The latter, of course, has already provided us with some nice on-set Zod booty from Michael Shannon, who is wearing a CGI suit for at least part of the film. However, Superman himself won’t be receiving any CGI enhancement in the abs department, unlike some other recent superheroes (cough cough, Ryan Reynolds). Nope, that bod will be 100% Grade-A Henry Cavill; or at least, Grade-A as far as a British actor can be described in metaphorical terms.

At any rate, Men’s Health presents the Henry Cavill Workout (which isn’t nearly as creepy as the Kellan Lutzy Workout) on its website as well as an interview with Superman himself. Here are a few relevant excerpts:



On Refusing CGI Body Enhancement: “I had a big sense of pride. I was like, ‘No shading. I don’t want you to draw abs on me. I don’t want you to put dirt in the right places. I just want to do it myself. I want to have the body.’ You get the fear every morning, ‘Do I look good enough?’ And of course you do, but in your own head, you never look good enough.’

“I think the best thing I learned was that I can do it. A lot of people think they probably can’t, until they actually do. When I saw pictures I would say ‘Is that me?’ You don’t quite realise. It taught me that anything is possible.”

On The Reward Of Fitness: “It’s a great feeling to be in shape and strong. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way at all. But you go to the gym and train hard every day and you learn how far you can push yourself. That becomes rewarding in itself.”

On Enjoying His Workouts: “Maybe we were built to stress and challenge ourselves physically, emotionally and psychologically, and all the rest of it. Maybe that’s why we survived physically as a race – we evolved so it becomes fun.”

[From Men's Health]

In this day and age, it really is remarkable that the lead actor in a superhero movie would completely opt out of at least a tiny bit of physique-enhancing assistance, whether from practically-made costuming or CGI, but Cavill has done just that. Or at least, that’s his claim, and I tend to believe him. In very short order, he’s going to be everywhere, which will certainly satisfy fans who’ve been following him since “The Tudors.” Although I must admit that any moderately high hopes I may have had for The Immortals were completely dashed upon learning of a Kellan Lutzy Poseidon in the cast, it’s still worth gazing upon these stills of Cavill as Theseus:



Finally, here’s a preview of Cavill’s authentically-earned body on the set of Man of Steel. Even if this reboot really sucks (and let’s be honest, with Snyder at the helm, it is completely possible), at least we know there’ll be plenty of eye candy, right?



Photos courtesy of Men’s Health, Pacific Coast News, and AllMoviePhoto

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  1. atlantapug says:

    He looks good.

    *well, except for the hair on the mag cover*

    I appreciate not wanting a CGI body. Personally, I’m so sick of CGI. Just give me a crowd of extras running away on a city set instead of elaborate computer generated fake backgrounds and green screen. I’m an old school girl in that respect.

  2. brin says:

    I loved him in The Tudors, he is so gorgeous! Kudos to him for not going the CGI route!

  3. AcornPaste says:

    I’m used to Henry being the lean type – not exactly skinny, but not overly muscled – that I don’t find his new body type attractive at all.

  4. gee says:

    OOOOOOOOMG he’s so hot. I’m dying. I wish they wouldn’t always brush out his curls.

  5. normades says:

    He’s called the unluckiest man in Hollywood because he missed out being James Bond and Edward Cullen. I’m now afraid of the “Superman curse”. I think he’s gonna rock the role tho.

  6. Flan says:

    He did well in the Tudors.

    He grew up from irreverent young guy into a weary old man there, growing up were ‘Henry’ never did and he portrayed this contrast very well.

  7. Snowflake says:

    I had the chance to meet him once, he really seemed like a nice guy. And forget about Kellan, what about a cover of the HOT “The Immortals”-stars and superheros/gods like Henry and especially Luke Evans (*sigh* and nobody cares that he’s gay, he was adorable in “The 3 Musketeers” as well!!) for Hot Guy Friday?

  8. Auds says:

    Sublime hotness!!!!!!
    I think these images made my day.

  9. Victoria says:

    thanks cb, i jusrt drooled over work keyboard!

    loved him in thetudors.

  10. Julia says:

    This is some serious piece of hot male there !

    He looks so yummy ! And usually I am not into twenty something. I think men look their best in their mid thirties.

  11. phaksi says:

    He is soo hot! I watched the Tudors especially so I could lust after him

  12. Nanea says:

    This is how abs are supposed to look, not the way the Crazy Cruise looked when he was filming MI4!

  13. kristipistol says:

    Superman was always my fav superhero, now I can love him even more. What a bod!!! hmmmmph!

  14. Sara says:

    I still think of him as Henry VIII’s best friend Brandon from The Tudors. He was awesome in that role!

  15. Obvious says:

    yummm…I would like the be the filling ina henry cavil and callum blue sandwich. oooo can we throw some matt bomer in there for good measure? I’m in a pretty boy mood today.

  16. newtsgal says:

    Is it bad of me that I want to hump my computer screen right now?
    My goodness he’s tasty!

  17. The Original Mia says:

    I appreciate his dedication. I appreciate it A LOT! The man is gorgeous.

  18. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    Love the candid photos. I dunno if I love him enough to see either of those movies but who knows … maybe for a girls’ night out for my eye candy?

  19. madylane says:

    oh YUM. Why are all the hot ones gay? Or is that just Perez’s wishful thinking?

  20. layla says:

    1.Love that the cover shot is not a half naked one – subtlety hot!

    2.Loved him on The Tudors.

    3.Really hope the Superman thing works out for him.

    4. IT IS a “great feeling to be in shape and strong” – so true!!!

  21. GirlyGIrl says:

    HE’s super cute, too bad the movie’s gonna stink

    two words – Zack Snyder

  22. Dani says:

    He looks great. His abs can compete with the best of them is Hugh Jackman’s and Kellan Lutz’s.

  23. Meh says:

    At first I was all “that’s hawwt”, but then I noticed there was something..off about the last photo. It looks like he has tiny, tiny hands. It’s probabely just because his arms are huge now.

    Stil, now I can only see girly hands. Like, the opposite of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSL4cmFW_GU

  24. Camille says:

    His arms are weird. Like his forearms needed more work or something. :-

    @Meh: Yeah maybe it is his hands? Hmm something is off there anyway.

  25. Aquarius74 says:

    Hmmm well, not my type, sorry. He’s too… perfect. So he was the right choice for Superman, I guess :)

  26. wtf? says:

    *deep sigh*……thanks for doing such a great job henry……………

  27. Eve says:

    Meh…looks like an over-tanned Matt Bomer on steroids.