Henry Cavill went to Sesame Street to teach Elmo about ‘respect’: adorkable?

Henry Cavill is one of the many celebrities making appearances on Sesame Street this new season. PBS released the official photo of Henry and Super-Grover together a few days ago, and we’ve also got a low-quality video of Henry and Elmo talking about “respect”. Apparently, this episode aired yesterday and the first episode of the season also had appearances by Charlize Theron and Dave Matthews.

Henry’s bit was “Word on the Street” and in addition to Elmo, he got to spend time with the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. According to Entertainment Weekly, Cavill laughed a lot while filming his segment and he was joking around with the puppeteers. He also told the puppeteers: “Can I just say, you guys are incredible. It’s really remarkable to watch you guys work. I have enormous respect for what you guys do.” Here’s the segment:

His voice, right? At this point, I’m willing to forgive him those shenanigans with Kaley Cuoco (whatever that was, I’m still not sure). I’m willing to forgive him mostly because I still kind of want him to succeed. He’s handsome and he has that amazing voice and yes, he’s a dork too. He didn’t HAVE to make an appearance on Sesame Street, but you can tell that he just wanted to because he thinks it’s cool. And it is cool. Sesame Street is WAY cooler than most of what Hollywood produces.

Photos courtesy of PBS’s Instagram, EW, Fame/Flynet.

 

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  1. Anna says:

    I REALLY like his voice with the Brit accent. So much better than Superman. Although there he was shirtless…

  2. Sixer says:

    Oh, it’s not a patch on TommyAnne and cookies. But aww, nevertheless. Square-jawed chaps don’t press my buttons but Henry does come over as a cutie and a nice guy.

    • j.eyre says:

      I don’t know, I kind of liked the scolding. I might need him to scold me on the matter of respect… over and over, until I really get his point.

      • Sixer says:

        That’s a long term commitment, right there. You’ll be along to share the crumbs after I’ve finished with TommyAnne, right?

      • T.Fanty says:

        This is close, but nothing beats biscuit-munching Tom. Maybe if we think REALLY hard, we can come up with a scenario that fruitfully combines the scolding with the delayed gratification.

        Let’s leave respect out of that conversation. Respect (possibly along with dignity and shame) has no place at Thornfield.

      • Sixer says:

        Well, obviously we have to SHARE the cookies FAIRLY. And I suppose we can’t eat them until AFTER we have been gratified by the various guests?

        I don’t mind grelaying dratification of comestibles.

      • Lucrezia says:

        *ungracious giggle-snort*

        I wanted to re-watch, and was having issues, so I went to google it. I got a bit trigger happy, and hit enter after I’d only typed “respect” (I meant to google respect Cavill).

        As normal, wiki was the first thing on the list. But some twit has edited the first line … I can’t repeat what it says (definitely not G-rated!), but let’s just say it kind of alters Miss Eyre’s scenario. How does your grandma feel about Henry?

      • Sixer says:

        @ Lucrezia

        Ha! Well, the cookie crumbs might be a (scratchy) problem.

      • j.eyre says:

        Yes, based on Lucki’s Wiki reference, we are DEFINITELY leaving respect out of it. First date – pfft; that’s more of anniversary thing, really. I’ll leave you to decide anniversary of what.

        I am not sure this is such a stretch. Tommyanna comes in with a plate of cookies and tries his delayed gratification lesson on me. As he waves it in front of my face, bringing it in close enough for me to almost reach then taking it just out of grasp. Hankie (who will lose his St. John if he stays this path) is to the left of Tommyanna scolding him about not respecting me by teasing me so mercilessly. He shall mimic Tommyanna’s actions by way of example. Tommyanna will admit the errors of his ways and submit to discipline and then we shall all feel cared for and important… and tired and sore.

      • T.Fanty says:

        @ Miss J,

        Taking delayed gratification to heart, I see. That’s WAY more talking than I employ in my scenario.

      • Lucrezia says:

        Can we add in a big bad wolf character? And the cake. This scenario needs more cake.

        Or wait, maybe we don’t need a wolf to get cake. Tom’s punishment should be to bake you a cake. (With “Miss Eyre rocks” written on it.)

        Question is, can Tom bake something other than potatoes?

      • j.eyre says:

        To the talking: usually I am with you, Fanty, but with those boys’ voices, the talking is part of it, honestly. And with no talking means no scolding and currently I am very big on the scolding. Plus I need Tommyanna to wag one of those glorious long fingers while saying “ah-ah-ah – not yet, Miss Jane. You will need to wait until I decide to give it to you.”

        Cake and big bad wolf – okay, Lucki. No, Tommyanna is not allowed in the kitchen since he likened the oven to the tragic hole of dissidence formed by derision flung between the Loki and Thor fandoms ( I took his thesaurus away as well… and his comic books.) As for the Big Bad Wolf, I am thinking Ewan because he is kind of up for anything and his bagpipe involves as much blowing as the Tale of the 3 Pigs. He can grow his bushy red beard, bound into the room with cake, throw it at everyone, howl from atop the bed and then be forced to lick all involved clean as penance for the disrespect.

        I might need to involve Scott Eastwood at some point.

  3. UmamiMommy says:

    This is the hottest thing I’ve seen all year. He can educate my children any day.

  4. Hannah says:

    Bit of an overuse of “you guys” there, Henry. ;) But he seems cool! :)

  5. aims says:

    my future husband!! he just won a million points in doing that.Very cool.

  6. Mia 4S says:

    Very cute. Now why in the world did they make Man of Steel so dark and violent if they wanted to have some little kid appeal?!

    • Andrea says:

      Sadly I think the mistakes with Man of Steel were all WB and Snyder. They were obsessed with being “cool” when the reality is that the appeal of Superman has always been that he’s just this really kind guy who is here to help and the love story. They didn’t need all those crazy effects. I still love the cast and I still think they did well with what they had to work with.

    • Trek Girl says:

      I think they made him dark and violent (I haven’t seen it; I’m taking your word for it) because super heroes are often flat characters.

      Villains are the ones who have dimension and back stories that are sympathetic, infuriating, pitiful, unexpectedly happy, terribly sad, and just plain cool. Super heroes, not so much, and their stories tend be brief. Not so with villains, usually. Super Villains tend to have more interesting powers as well.

      I think they were trying to give Superman some of that gravitas. They were trying to give the new Superman movies what the new Dark Knight movies have: a grittiness and characters that are, for better or worse, human, and that make you feel all sorts of ways all at one time.

      It doesn’t seem they did that effectively, though. Andrea, is right. They tried to take a pretty simple, sweet character and make him something he’s not.

      • Andrea says:

        As a fan of superheroes I’m going to have to majorly disagree with your point.

        I don’t buy into the idea that only the bad guys or damaged guys gave gravitas. I think that’s a bad fallacy both about fiction and about drama.

        Superman has a great deal of gravitas if you understand him. He’s an immigrant who is one of us at heart. He’s insanely powerful but gentle in spirit. He loves a flawed, mortal career woman who is better than him at their job despite his physical gifts. He can’t be everywhere at once nor is he perfect. He can’t handle corruption. He suffers when innocents suffer. He’s torn between his humanity and his Alien heritage but tied to earth by love.

        I just think the movie wanted to be too cool when they didn’t need to be. There is plenty of gravitas built into the story already.

      • Andrea says:

        As a fan of superheroes I’m going to have to majorly disagree with your point.

        I don’t buy into the idea that only the bad guys or damaged guys have gravitas. I think that’s a bad fallacy both about fiction and about drama. It’s something that’s really popular to say but as a lover of fiction of hero narratives it’s something I really do not agree with.

        Superman has a great deal of gravitas if you understand him. He’s an immigrant who is one of us at heart. Raised in humility by humble people. He’s insanely powerful but gentle in spirit. He loves a flawed, mortal career woman who is better than him at their job despite his physical gifts. He can’t be everywhere at once nor is he perfect. He can’t handle corruption. He suffers when innocents suffer. He’s torn between his humanity and his Alien heritage but tied to earth by love for humans.

        I just think the movie wanted to be too cool when they didn’t need to be. There is plenty of gravitas built into the story already. The real focus of a Superman story should never lose sight of Clark’s humanity in their quest to blow stuff up. It’s his relationships with humans—his parents, Lois—that bring the gravitas to his story.

      • Trek Girl says:

        I see what you’re saying, and I do agree.

        Notice how I said “grittiness”, though, and mentioned at the end how the story has plenty of gravitas already. I was basically saying that they wanted him to have a different sort of gravitas then he has now. Not completely different, but grittier.

        I understand Superman’s story, especially considering who made him, but I also see that his story and character is so well known that they probably wanted to add another side to it; something that works with the character but is different. Hence the darkness and violence. Hence the slight departure from how we knew him previously.

        Using the word “simple” to describe him was incorrect, he isn’t simple. But everything else I said is right to me. I used “usually” and “tend(s) to” for a reason; I wasn’t saying that’s how super heroes always are.

      • Trek Girl says:

        I forgot to add that I’m talking about how they are portrayed in movies. I thought that was clear, but I should have said that anyway.

  7. grabbyhands says:

    Totally adorkable. Fingers crossed that the PR disaster with Kaley Cuoco was just a momentary bit of bad judgement on both their parts and that they’ll be wiser (and get better, wiser PR people)in the future.

  8. INeedANap says:

    I love burly, broad-shouldered, lantern-jawed men. Between that, his hair, and that accent —
    HENRY, RAVISH ME. MY BODY IS READY.

  9. Sal says:

    He is clearly very image conscious so I dont buy this as alturistic.

    He is just rebooting his pr. The gfs thing made him a joke, so now he is softening his approach. Expect more “adorkable” stunts.

  10. Nono says:

    This is just so adorable.

    You’re right, too, Kaiser. This IS better than most of what comes out of Hollywood!

  11. Sarah says:

    He is cute! I guess Kevin Clash is back on the show now?

  12. Andrea says:

    Henry just needs to meet a nice woman who is away from the Hollywood scene and go have tons of sweet little kids.

    He’s so much more likeable when he’s AWAY from the Hollywood gossip scene. The Hollywood scene is like Kryptonite for his natural appeal.

    • Anna says:

      Goo god people…

      Henry does one PR stunt and then you call every move he makes a PR stunt.Other actors do countless PR stunts and you never call them out.

      For what is worth,Henry made once ONE mistake(his relationship with Cuoco) and now he moved on.He never talks about it,he never mentions it…he just focused on his work and never looked back.Apparently he understood his mistake.Cut him some slack.Suddenly his face was all over the world.That alone can be overwhelming.He probably seeked help to handle it and his PR team took all the wrong choices.For what is worth,after the Kaley thing ,Henry exited viewpoint (his pr firm)and he is only working with CAA now .

      IMO,having watched countles of his interviews,he seems like the nicest,sweetest most humble and down to earth guy.He is always respectful and polite.And he can be really funny when he wants so i don’t see him as bland or stiff.He is just British.

  13. Evie says:

    Elmo is more expressive than him.

  14. Maureen says:

    Oh he’s so adorable! And Elmo too. :)

  15. Becca says:

    Nope, I just don’t get his appeal. He’s so wooden and lifeless. It’s not particularly adorkable, just meh. I don’t think he’s that good looking either. The Superman thing and the shirtlessness, just seem to make a lot of women swoon, but he’s not all that and seems to have zero personality. He’s all about the PR.

  16. GeeMoney says:

    Regardless if he’s gay or not or has a lame personality… he’s hot. Damn.

  17. Lila says:

    Ohhhh, I just love him. Nice guy + insanely hot + intelligent = awesome. I want to put him in a machine and produce Henry Cavill clones so that there is enough of him to go around.

  18. LilyT says:

    He really is an exquisite looking human being..

  19. LovesGossip says:

    If Henry were just a few years older and a tad less robotic, he would make a great James Bond replacement.

  20. Caz says:

    LOVE this. LOVE Henry. “Good choice, Big Bad”. I’m going to watch The Tudors. Again.

    From a mum who has watched a lot of Elmo over the years (with the children)….that’s definitely not Elmo’s usual voice…suggest Clash is no longer at Sesame Street. Whoever they now have is pretty darn close.

  21. arizona says:

    I think some of you amecians just go gaga because a man has a british ( posh) accent. Hiddleston, cumber batch, pattison are all fangirled like crazy here. For us brits its a little weird.

  22. tifzlan says:

    Ooooooomfg his hotness factor jumped 2000% after i heard him speak in his British accent, and i’m not even an accent girl! Also, he’s always been a hottie, i just really hated the Superman movie.

  23. Julie says:

    I am so proud of Henry! He is kind, and truly cares about kids and doing what is right. This is not a PR “stunt”! Henry wanted to do it and knew it was a cool to teach kids respect. Those wishing to tear him down can move along. Henry is a good man and he and his fans know it. The people wishing to pick at him need a refresher course in respect.

  24. Radar says:

    Henry taped this during the wrap up of Superman in the spring of this year. This is not a PR move to make up for the fiasco with Kaley Cuoco..

  25. geraldine says:

    awwwwwwwww he is so sweet, my perfect teacher!!!! ♥

  26. Paula says:

    PLEASE!!! HELP!!! someone teach him, acting classes for Henry.