Before the face of Henry Cavill became the face of The Witcher franchise, it was Doug Cockle. The voice actor had been portraying Geralt of Rivia since the first Witcher game The Witcher was released in the October of 2007.
Upon hearing the dismissal of Henry Cavill from The Witcher franchise, Doug Cockle was incredibly shocked as the duo had bonded over portraying Geralt of Rivia since Netflix’s The Witcher came out in 2019.
Doug Cockle Saddened to See Henry Cavill Leave The Witcher
If you have been an avid fan of The Witcher game franchise, then you may recall Doug Cockle’s iconic voice. Geralt of Rivia’s quotes became a meme fest when he talked about the weather such as “Wind’s howling” and “Looks like rain”. Doug Cockle recently came on Eurogamer’s One-to-One podcast wherein he talked about Henry Cavill.
Sharing a common bonding over the carrier of the silver sword, the duo of Henry Cavill and Cockle had chatted about the character multiple times. Doug Cockle has voiced Geralt of Rivia since 2007 and was in the DLC expansion of The Witcher, The Witcher: Blood and Wine in 2016. Speaking on the podcast, here’s what the London Voodoo actor had to say about Cavill.
“Well I think it’s really sad, and there’s a lot of people speculating on the reasons why he’s decided to leave. But for whatever the reason is, I think it’s sad because I think Henry… I think he did a fabulous job as Geralt of Rivia.”
Cockle also revealed that Henry Cavill had invited the OG voice actor to the season premiere of The Witcher back in 2019 which was really sweet of him. The duo had chatted for about an hour or two about Geralt of Rivia and how they both saw Geralt as more than just an emotionless being.
“I do remember we talked about Superman, we talked about Geralt and the Witcher. We had some similar thoughts about Geralt. If I remember correctly he felt the same way I do about him not being an emotionless being, and I think we can see that in his performance.”
Although saddened, Doug Cockle does have some promising words of comfort for the upcoming Geralt of Rivia i.e., Liam Hemsworth.
Doug Cockle Warns Liam Hemsworth on Geralt of Rivia
While saddened by Cavill’s departure, Doug Cockle congratulated the upcoming actor and wished Liam Hemsworth “the very best of fortunes”.
“I’m sad to see him go. I wish Liam Hemsworth the very best of fortunes with it. I am excited to see what he does with it. But I am sad to see Henry go, because Henry, I felt he did a fabulous job.”
Doug Cockle also jokingly warned that Liam Hemsworth will have a big role to fill as he will be stepping into,
“Geralt of Rivia-sized shoes. Henry Cavill-sized shoes,” adding: “Henry really, really embodied the role of Geralt in a wonderful way. So yeah, I don’t envy Liam.”
Henry Cavill will pick up the silver sword for the last time when The Witcher season 3 airs on Netflix in the summer of 2023. Although there is reportedly a The Witcher (game) remake in work, Doug Cockle has had no contact for voicing the role of Geralt of Rivia in the upcoming remaster.
Source: PC Gamer