Henry Cavill could have been Edward Cullen in ‘Twilight’. For real.

Here are some nice photos of Henry Cavill at the Australian premiere of Man of Steel. Thankfully, he seems to be wearing less bronzer/foundation in Sydney. Yay. As a latecomer to the Henry Cavill Fanbase, I’ve had to learn a lot of things about Henry very quickly (like, in a matter of just two months or so). I learned that bullies used to call him Fat Cavill when he was in school. I learned that he’s a hardcore geek/gamer. I learned that he loves to eat and he obsesses about diets and his weight like a woman. And I learned that he auditioned for and lost out on roles in the 2006 Superman Returns movie AND the James Bond reboot role that eventually went to Daniel Craig. Henry’s career before Man of Steel was sort of as the “also-ran” or “the second choice”. But here’s something I didn’t know – Henry auditioned for Edward Cullen in Twilight!! And Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire! Henry could have been Sparkles!!

Henry Cavill is at at the top of his game right now, playing Superman in the blockbuster film, “Man of Steel.” But in a new interview with Peter Travers, the actor, 30, reveals that landing huge movie roles hasn’t always been so easy.

In fact, he tried out for the James Bond role that Daniel Craig landed, and also the role of Edward Cullen in “Twilight” and Cedric Diggory in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” – both of which went to the same man, Robert Pattinson. But Cavill harbors no sore feelings. In the case of Craig playing Bond, he said: “Daniel Craig was absolutely nailed that role and best man for the job. I don’t care if I don’t get the job if the best guy for the job gets it.”

Had he practiced shaking and stirring martinis?

“No, but I practiced asking, ‘shaken, not stirred,’ though,” he said.

[From ABC News]

God, imagine a world where Henry got the role of Edward Cullen. I feel like he would have had little patience for She Who Lip-Bites. I feel like Henry would have had to be replaced no matter what. Plus, he just looks too old to play Edward Cullen. I can see why they didn’t go with him.

I’m including the video of the entire interview below – if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy it simply because Henry has a beautiful voice and he seems like a thoughtful, nice guy. In a celebrity ecosystem where every dude is trying to be the next James Dean or Marlon Brando, it’s nice to see a guy who seems to be aiming to be the next Christopher Reeve.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Aud says:

    I don’t think he would have had any chemistry with the ‘Sullen One’.

  2. GoldenState says:

    His body and his sensitive soul are fully welcome in my boudoir, thank you. And I love that he is dating a former MMA star. Such a hot couple!

  3. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    Yeah, he tried out for a whole host of big roles that went to other people. I’m glad he didn’t attach himself to the (commercially successful) mess that was Twilight though. I heard from a friend in Australia that he was super sweet at the premiere, the more I know about this guy, the more I love him.

  4. mk says:

    Stephanie Mayer wrote Edward based on Henry when she saw him in Count of Monte Cristo. She wanted him to play Edward but Henry looked way too mature and I don’t think he ever auditioned. Thank Lord.
    He lost the Bond role because he was too young, only 22 when the role was cast.

  5. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Actually he was Stephanie Meyers first choice to play Edward Cullen mostly due to his role in Monte Christo as Edmond Dantes/Jim Caviezels son.

    If the role had been offered to him he´d have definitely said yes. Henry is not that picky when it comes projects, he didn´t say no to 50 shade of grey yet, which is funny considering this is actually a Twilight fan fic.

  6. Emily says:

    His face is ridiculously chiselled… like a ken doll or something!

  7. Vee says:

    Love Henry! I don’t think he auditioned for Edward though. SMeyer pictured him as Edward while writing and by the time the movie came around, he was too old.
    After two or three Superman movies, I’d love to see him land the James Bond role. And a huge no to him as Christian Grey, just no.
    Finally, he was perfection as Kal/Clark/Superman. I’m so happy for his success.

  8. Anname says:

    So good looking, but I just can’t rouse any interest in him? Seems like a very lovely man though.
    I highly doubt he would consider 50 shades with his current career trajectory!

  9. Anna says:

    Yeah, he does not pass of a 117-year old… but he is definitely handsome enough, and I’d much rather have seen his shirtless and sparkly. But I still would have been team TayLaut, the teenage beefcake werewolf :)

  10. LadyMTL says:

    Mmmmm Henry. I am fast becoming a Cavilloonie (I loved him in the Tudors) and hearing that he’s a gamer makes him even more adorable. I wouldn’t call myself a hard-core gamer but if I could find him online I’d for sure become one! LOL.

  11. Mia 4S says:

    Now that actually would have made sense in the whole “super beautiful creature” sense. Sparkles just looked like a creeper.

  12. marie says:

    I found him attractive in Blood Creek, since then.. nothin. He should thank his lucky stars he wasn’t picked for Twilight.

    Does he have a two-toned eye or is that a reflection?

  13. Faye says:

    Man, I was so hot for him in The Tudors. But I don’t know about him as Edward Cullen. Plus, we would have been deprived of the epic shennanigans of the Robsten couple (and their fans). All’s well that ends well!

  14. Tig says:

    Man, you are late to this news! That’s been out there for awhile. Truth to told, more looking forward to seeing him in “Man from UNCLE”- give him a chance to polish up for Bond. He does seem like a nice guy, and always nice to see good things happen to good people!

  15. Talie says:

    I could see him as Bond if Craig tires of the role.

  16. mom2two says:

    Henry is a million more times hotter then Pattinson. But I bet, even though he won’t admit it, he’s glad he was passed over for Edward.
    I did not know he tried out for Bond. I think he is definitely too young, especially with the vibe they were going for with Daniel Craig. I think it would be interesting to see Henry play a Bond baddie, though.

  17. serena says:

    He’s gorgeous, I think he would be a fine James Bond. But too old for Sparkles and Harry Potter.

  18. Adrien says:

    I think he was already too chiseled and manly when he was offered the role of Cedric and Edward. He could never pass for a 17 year old or a teenage Hogwart student at that time. He was already stocky and buffed when he was in the Tudors.

  19. grabbyhands says:

    I think he’d make a good Bond, but my favorite pick for that role is firmly in the Idris Elba camp even though I don’t think that is ever going to come together, sadly.

  20. Gwen says:

    Thank God he didn’t do Twillight!

  21. Mel says:

    I wanna eat him up. He’s ridiculously handsome.

  22. momma says:

    PLEASE let him be Christian Gray….please

    • Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

      I fervently hope that doesn’t happen, Henry doesn’t deserve such a bad role.

      I would’nt even wish that role on James Franco, much as I dislike him.

    • Poppy says:

      No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no

      I will immediately think less of anyone who signs up for that project, and I love Henry a lot, so no!

    • Vee says:

      While Henry does sex scenes very well, just watch The Tudors, I do not see him being cast as Christian Grey. Won’t he be too busy with Man from U.N.C.L.E. and MOS 2?

  23. Tania says:

    Love him! More of him please!

  24. KLO says:

    I wish him all the best…he`s gonna get the big roles (well he already has) , I`m not worried.

  25. Lemony says:

    Wow, so hot & yet so down-to-earth. I would’ve expected a bigger ego (coughFrancocough) but I’ve watched some interviews since I saw MoS & he seems to be a genuinely nice guy who works very hard. I’m happy for his success!
    PS-thanks Celebitches for suggesting I check out the Tudors-I hadn’t watched before-HOT DAMN….I will just play those scenes on loop in my mind all day……WOW

  26. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    His face does nothing for me, but my panties caught fire after I saw him with his shirt off in Man of Steel.

  27. Reece says:

    He was almost the new Bond too so *shrug*…I think he is where he should be. “Hope” Man! ;)

  28. Jess says:

    Celebitchy you are WAY late to the party on this one. Henry is absolutely the hottest man out there, and to boot, he is a super gentlemanly, nice, thoughtful and classy guy. Please please boost your coverage or I’ll be forced to resort to his fansites mrcavill.com and Henrycavillnews.com.

    There is no WAY he would ever take on 50 Shades of garbage. He has higher aspirations.

    Just LOOK at him!!!!

  29. Raquel says:

    I kind of think that the casting genius of Man of Steel focused on little known actors and actors who had constantly been turned down from a big break for the major rules. Henry had been turned down from a lot of big projects, Amy was something of a big fish in smaller movies, and the girl who did Faora was about to quit acting entirely.

    I think they specifically avoided investing all the $$$ the studio put into the film on the spoilt, overexposed brats of Hollywood who would not have put in the requisite amount of discipline on the set, run their mouths off to interviewers about how mean the director was to them, dissed the fans, exc.

  30. Elodie says:

    This man is beyond planet Earth beautiful… no wonder he fits the Superman role, urgh how is this possible to be THAT beautiful, I can’t even… *heart eyes*

  31. shaboo says:

    all of his suits are such a horrible cut. He’s the epitome of bland

  32. TheWendyNerd says:

    He’s a lot hotter than Pattinson, that’s for sure. I say this as someone who likes Sparkles as a person (ever since he called out Meyer and Twilight as bing bum-fuck nuts). But I never found him the least bit hot, which is weird because of how half te text in Twilight is Bella going on about how gorgeous Edward is. I just don’t did him attractive. However, I do think Cavill would be too old to have played a guy who passed as a high schooler.

  33. Jade says:

    Wow, his face is so chiseled. Anyway, he did the Superman role well, I think it’s a good start. Christian Bale remains as my top superhero actor.

    And I agree that Daniel Craig played a great Bond. If HC’s career gets too big, I don’t think Bond producers may consider him but ya it will be interesting if he gets it.

    I am not a Twillight fan and have not watched the movies or read the books but I don’t think Edward should look like a buff male model. I think Pattinson physically suited the role. He was also suited for Cedric.

  34. Lark says:

    He is ridiculously good-looking. I love that he is blowing up now…hitting his stride at 30 is a good time for a male actor. He’s only a few years older than Pattinson, but Henry would have looked way too old in my opinion. He was in his early to mid 20s in The Tudors, and there is no way even then that he could have passed for a teenager. Henry Cavill, Garrett Hedlund, Chris Hemsworth, etc. are a throwback to the more traditional masculine stars of the past.

  35. Janet says:

    I heard about this a couple of weeks ago. He was and is too manly to play Edward imo. He dodged that bullet. It’s nice to see him finally get his big shot, I think he played the role perfectly and I’ll be looking forward to seeing his future projects.

  36. Hoi says:

    My thoughts exactly. He is not of this world. Imagine how his brothers must look like.

  37. Carolyn says:

    Emily Browning was also close to getting the Bella part.

    Imagine – Cavill & Browning instead of Robsten. Would either of these proper actors have agreed to that contractual clause?

    What could have been…Twilight with two decent actors. Sigh.

    Long-time Cavill fan. Pleased to see him get big success.

  38. MademoiselleRose says:

    I don’t lust after movie stars (except maybe Hugh Jackman a little bit), but for me Henry Cavill is probably the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. So perfect looking, but still manly. He seems like a nice guy too. I suppose for a “movie star” he might not be all complicated and “interesting” but for real life, he’s just lovely. That’s probably why I like Hugh Jackman, because he’s not all complicated, just a nice guy. Hugh probably wins a bit with me though because he has a great sense of humour and for real life you really want someone with that.

  39. Jade says:

    Makes you wonder who is his female equivalent, in terms of that chiselled face especially. He’s like a roman statue. Angelina? Rachel Weisz?

  40. sauvage says:

    Not trying to offend anyone, obviously there is a lot of love for Henry Cavill on this site, but – am I really the only one who felt that he disappeared completely on screen? To me, he had no charisma whatsoever. Good looking guy, no question about it, but he fell completely flat for me on screen.

    The only other actress I can think of who has the same problem, IMHO, is Amber Valetta. Gorgeous woman, but there’s no aura whatsoever on screen.

    So, Pattinson vs. Cavill – to me, that would be The Battle of the Non-Charismatics. Not an interesting sight, you know.