“I trust him”: ‘The Witcher’ Director Does Not Want to Force Henry Cavill to Stay in the Netflix Show After His Decision to Quit

'The Witcher' Director Does Not Want to Force Henry Cavill to Stay in the Netflix Show After His Decision to Quit
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Netflix’s The Witcher is one of the most renowned series, the show which featured Henry Cavill in the lead role of Geralt of Rivia, was immensely loved by the fans of the actor and the series. The actor featured in the lead role for three seasons, and in this period, the show acquired a global fandom. As fans of the Enola Holmes actor rushed to watch the third season of the show, taking over the #1 spot in the platform’s Top 10. 

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Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher
Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher

Despite the immense success and love from the fans, Henry Cavill decided to part ways with The Witcher because he had disagreements over the creative decisions of the show. Although the show has found Cavill’s replacement in Liam Hemsworth, who will play the role of Geralt of Rivia from the 4th season of the show. Marc Jobst shares his opinion of the actor’s exit from the show.

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Marc Jobst Refrains To Persuade Henry Cavill To Continue

During an exclusive interview with ScreenRant, Marc Jobst addressed Henry Cavill‘s exit from The Witcher. Jobst, who had directed the two episodes of the series acknowledged how difficult it was for them to shoot the fantasy series. However, the actor took no shortcuts while making the series, and he respects him for the immense dedication, that he showcased for even the smallest scenes.

A still from The Witcher
A still from The Witcher

“Well, look, Henry has done three series, these are demanding shows to make, you know, they are huge. Henry does every single beat of his stunts, he won’t even allow a hand, if you’re doing a close-up of a hand grabbing a sword, it has to be his hand. So, normally, what you do is you bring in a double, Henry will go off and shoot some other scene in which he’s in somewhere else, and you get somebody else into the hand, so that you don’t have to bother your number one.”

“Henry won’t do that, and as a result of that, the results are extraordinary. You’re working with an incredible athlete, first and foremost, who works out hours before, and hours after, you’ve been shooting for 12 hours, and who cares deeply about the work that he does.”

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

Marc Jobst added that the actor’s decision to make an exit from the series after three seasons is respected by him, as it can be draining after working on the series for so long.

“That’s draining on your number one, so after three series, I feel, ‘Okay, he’s brought the show into being, and if he feels like he’s done what he can, I trust him.’ That focus that he has, that desire to get it right, is a gift to work with because it elevates everybody to say, ‘Good enough isn’t good enough. It’s got to be fantastic.’ We all want to work like that, we all don’t wanna make something that’s good, we want to make something incredible.”

Though the director was all praises for Cavill’s hard work, he confessed that working on the series was immensely difficult.

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Marc Jobst Acknowledged The Witcher Was Difficult To Shoot

In the same interview, the Sleep with Me director how difficult it was to shoot certain scenes in the series that it took a lot of time and effort to get the scenes right, and even the smallest mistake would get gravely hurt, and he shared an example of the fight scene from The Witcher.

A still from The Witcher
A still from The Witcher

“I came in on the first season, and we were shooting in four different countries. That’s taking the whole entourage into different places, learning the stunts, rehearsing the stunts. When we were shooting the swordfight, for example, in the pilot, that’s a big one-shot sequence, and they’re heavy swords. They’re not sharp, but they’re heavy, so if you get them wrong, you can seriously damage somebody. We had a camera operator come in to the show, and I think he was rehearsing that fight sequence for four weeks.”

“Just the camera operator working, learning the dance of the fight, so that he can make sure the camera’s in the right place in order to land the hit without having to make a cut. And then, of course, moving into the second part of that sword fight, which is Renfri, where we stopped the fight from time to time to get the eye contact between the two of them, to get the sense of whether they’re going to kiss or they’re going to kill.”

When it was confirmed that the Man of Steel actor would leave The Witcher, it lead to several fan theories that Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia would die or get horribly injured which would lead to Liam Hemsworth becoming Geralt of Rivia.

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However, at the end of season 3 part 2, Cavill’s character successfully wiped out the guards and heads out into the sunset with his companions. Though it was a fitting send-off to the actor, it remains unclear how season 4 would showcase Hemsworth portraying the role and if it would convince the fans.

The release date for The Witcher Season 4 is not announced.

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Source: ScreenRant

 

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Tushar Auddy, Junior Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.