Henry Cavill Ruined His Audition After Meeting Sir Patrick Stewart, Felt Too Nervous About Being in the Same Room as the Former X-Men Actor

The incident reportedly occurred early in the actor’s career.

Henry Cavill Ruined His Audition After Meeting Sir Patrick Stewart, Felt Too Nervous About Being in the Same Room as the Former X-Men Actor


  • Actor Henry Cavill has played iconic roles such as Superman, Sherlock Holmes, and Geralt the Witcher.
  • He has also been unlucky in quite a few instances where he lost out on breakout roles.
  • Cavill recalled an audition from his early days in which he messed up an audition in front of Sir Patrick Stewart.

Actor Henry Cavill is now a globally recognized superstar, known for his roles as Clark Kent a.k.a Superman, Geralt of Rivia or the Witcher, and Sherlock Holmes. The British actor has also starred in other action films such as Sand Castle, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and more.

Cavill has had a sprawling career now but he too was once a struggling actor. In a one-on-one interview with X-Men star Sir Patrick Stewart, Henry Cavill recollected an audition he went to which was conducted by the legendary actor.

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Henry Cavill Got Nervous While Auditioning For Sir Patrick Stewart

Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill

Before he reached such levels of stardom, Henry Cavill was a struggling actor, who started pursuing his dream of being an actor after he met Russell Crowe as a young man. Cavill was active in drama when he was studying and was also a major sports enthusiast. He began his career with small roles in TV and film.

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Cavill mentioned in an interview with Variety about his one audition which was being taken by Sir Patrick Stewart. Addressing the X-Men star himself in the interview, narrating the story of how he was auditioning for a production of the play The Lion in Winter, which was being put up by Sir Patrick Stewart’s company, and how he was nervous about it.

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Sir Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart

Henry Cavill narrated the incident, which reportedly occurred in 2003,


“I was incredibly nervous about acting in front of an actor of your caliber. I went into the audition and had spent weeks learning my lines. By the time I got in there, I whipped myself into such a frenzy that I completely flubbed the audition…I left with my tail in between my legs.”

Cavill then thanks Stewart for his grace as the actor let him audition for the role one more time after being convinced by Cavill’s agent. While Cavill did do a better job the second time, it was apparently not enough for him to be cast.

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All The Roles That Henry Cavill Lost Out On

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia

Actor Henry Cavill began his film career with supporting roles in films such as The Count of Monet Cristo and then moved to television with the series Midsomer Murders and The Tudors. The actor also had supporting and minor roles in films such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and Stardust.

The actor was reportedly in the running for Superman and was cast in what was then director McG’s Superman: Flyby. However, Cavill was replaced by Brandon Routh after McG left the project and Bryan Singer was hired, who made Superman Returns. The actor would then go on to be cast as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, reprising the role in four more films. However, he was let go from the role after James Gunn rebooted the franchise.

Cavill was reportedly also in the running for playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and was also author Stephanie Meyer’s first choice for the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight franchise, both of which he lost out to Robert Pattinson. The actor was also considered to be James Bond after the exit of Pierce Brosnan but was eventually passed for Daniel Craig.

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Written by Nishanth

Nishanth is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.