Henry Cavill is still humble about his ‘Man of Steel’ gig: ‘I suppose it’s a fluke’

Henry Cavill

Here’s one of the new posters to promote Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel reboot starring Henry Cavill, and can I just say that Henry is looking absolutely delicious here? Of course, the poster is a bit stylized for effect (like most of Zack Snyder’s work), but those fine ab muscles aren’t the work of CGI or photoshop — those babies are all Henry, and I would assume that everything else (ahem) is natural as well in this costume. He looks … really, really good.

Even with the unexpected longshoreman past that’s been shoehorned into Man of Steel, the movie is shaping up to be one of the biggest box-office releases of 2013. So get ready to see a lot of Cavill next year, and the publicity rounds have kicked off with Henry receiving a feature in the December issue of Details (the one with creepy Leo DiCaprio on the cover). In the column, Henry’s referred to as “the Outsourced Superhero” and reveals even more than his usual brand of humility. Here are some excerpts:

Henry Cavill

On landing the Superman gig: “I suppose it’s a fluke. It’s about who looks right for the character and for the generation it’s being cast for. If you only look at the American market, you’re narrowing down your options an awful lot. The point of acting is to pretend you’re someone else and sell a story. Chris Hemsworth is an Australian man, not a god from Asgaard. It would be even more fluke-y if every person who was playing a superhero was American.”

On being a late bloomer in Hollywood: “Who’s to say I’d have handled this any differently at 22?” he says. “But I got to make my mistakes and do my silly stuff without having a camera pointed at me in secret.”

Those pesky Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumors: “Whether that happens, that decision will be made at the time it has to be made,” he says with the measured tones of someone who knows his way around a Hollywood gag order. “It would be a very different kind of thing than Man of Steel.”

He loves Snyder’s naturalistic Superman: “I don’t mean anything against the movies and TV shows that have come before, because they were of their time, but this is epically cool. People in the past have criticized the character for being a bit chocolate-box, a bit vanilla, and this is not that–at all. The lore is there that we’re drawing from, but to create something from that which is reflective of life today–that’s the trick.”

Oh, I hope that Cavill isn’t considering the Christian Grey role in a serious capacity. Superman can’t spank people! Cavill is better than that Twilight fan-fiction drivel anyway, and I think that 50 Shades would do well to cast a relative unknown anyway. We don’t need to recognize the dude handing out S&M lite.

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill

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  1. Vee says:

    Love him too. One of the nicest guys in the business.

  2. Toniko says:

    That first “poster” is very poor fan made, not a real one.

  3. Gracie says:

    Well, he missed out on being cast in twatlight, so I wouldn’t put this past him

    • Abby says:

      yeah confession time… when I read Twilight before the first movie came out (before I knew how awful the whole thing was) I pictured Henry Cavill as Edward. I had such a crush on him from The Count of Monte Cristo… alas he is too old to be edward. And now, knowing how bad the series is… I’m glad he stayed away!

      I’ve no comment on 50 shades. Have no desire to read it or watch it as a movie.

  4. Tiffany27 says:

    He has great bone structure. That jaw line is flawless.

  5. Linda says:

    OMGGGGGGGGG………..ladies and gents I introduce to you my future husband!!!

  6. Victoria1 says:

    Yum yum. Now that is a real man, nice jawline, broad shoulders… Ugh I need one in my life

  7. Amelia says:

    I just … *sigh* I’m sorry, but I just can’t get excited over this guy.
    He’s good looking, but there’s nothing especially unique about him (IMO).
    One less competitor for you ladies, I guess :)

  8. Malaney says:

    nothing boring about him getting down and dirty in the tudors…

  9. Christina says:

    He is a beautiful man. Yum.

  10. aims says:

    Love this man. Hes hot as hell and a nice guy on top of it. He would be the type of guy who would rock your body and actually call you the next day to see how your doing. Love him.

  11. Genie says:

    He’s polite, friendly and respectul and doesn’t talk nonesense like Pattison and all the other posers. And he’s too die for.

    • Carolyn says:

      This. I like an actor who can speak coherently and sounds like he’s not rehashing what the PR team have told him to say.

      Those posters are awful…surely they’re fan-made? Bad PR/advertising can kill a movie. Jeez the trailer had better be very good….

  12. Ms Kay says:

    Really y’all..? “He’s attractive but he does nothing to me, bland etc”..? Because surely he’d be attractive enough if he steps in your room and shows interest, hence the “boring” outta the window even for a one night stand… No? ;-)

    Anyway… I got a Marvel-lous mischievous supervillain of a husband I gotta keep and eye so..!

  13. Gigi says:

    Pleeeeeeeease write more about Henry!

    He’s pure perfection, love him!!!

  14. Ann says:

    He’s handsome enough, but seems a bit bland. Maybe after he gets on the interview circuit we’ll see if he has the personality to take him to the next level. It’s a little unfortunate for him that his movie is towards the back of a long line of recent superhero movies. Hopefully people won’t have burned out on the genre.

  15. MJsinAustin says:

    Thank you Jesus, this man is so incredibly beautiful.
    I would SO HIT IT.

  16. Hayley says:

    He’s gorgeous in The Count of Monte Cristo. I knew I recognized him from somewhere!

  17. Christina says:

    He’s a ridiculously gorgeous man, but a horrible actor! So bad that in ‘The Tudors’ he made Jonathan Rhys Meyers look talented – which he isn’t.

    • Lauli says:

      I agree with you. He’s lovely but he can’t act.

      • Gigi says:

        I watched him only in Tudors, so I can’t judge his acting skills yet, but I think that he still didn’t get the ‘right’ chance to show anything besides looks.
        It’s not like he has a chance winning an Oscar(or any other important award) for Superman, or Tudors or anything…

        Will wait and see haha

      • Christina says:

        If Cavill couldn’t deal with the relatively straightforward role he had in ‘The Tudors’ I doubt we’ll be seeing him anywhere near an Oscar anytime soon. It wasn’t so bad in Season 1 where all he had to do was take his clothes off and you’d forget how lame his acting was. But in later seasons, when his character supposedly matured, Cavill wasn’t at all able to show any complexity or nuance. Could say much the same about Rhys Meyers – he was fine in the early scenes where all he had to do was look hot. But later on he was embarrassingly bad.

  18. lori says:

    After CB’s last post about him I watched all episodes of the Tudors. I hadn’t heard of him before and hadn’t watched that show (I have no love for JOnathan Rhys Meyers still). Anyway, Henry is so handsome, in an “aw schucks” kinda way. I’d hit it, but it seems that he’s already lined up a showance with the new wonderwoman Gina Whatshername.

  19. Katie says:

    THank ou for talking about my boyfriend. I’ve been in love with him for years and I’m so excited to see him back on screen. Any screen.

  20. shewolf says:

    He is so beautiful. I’ve loved him since The Tudors. His hair!! I know strange but he has such a sexy head of hair. I love that thick kind of curly dark hair. And his face… not usually into blue eyes but dear God…

  21. TheOriginalKitten says:

    He’s really purty but I’ve never seen him before so I can’t comment on his acting skills (or lack thereof).

    I usually “fangirl” over unconventionally attractive, hugely talented actors though so I have a feeling this guy wouldn’t fit the bill for me.

    Seems like a solid, level-headed humble guy but I’m sure Hollywood will change that right-quick ;)

  22. Elle says:

    He’s a very handsome man and I do think he’s a solid actor but he’s going to have his work cut out for him acting against Amy Adams in the Superman film.

    She steals every movie she’s in.

    I love Lois and Clark though. So all I can say is…this movie better not suck. People will be pissed.