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‘It wasn’t easy AT ALL’: Henry Cavill Absolutely Obliterated His Muscles To Nail The Witcher Physique, Proves Why Liam Hemsworth Can Never Be Him

'It wasn't easy AT ALL': Henry Cavill Absolutely Obliterated His Muscles To Nail The Witcher Physique, Proves Why Liam Hemsworth Can Never Be Him

Henry Cavill returned to the DCU with a small cameo in Black Adam. Ever since then, fans are ecstatic to see what more he has to deliver as Superman and cannot wait for further official updates. However, the reprisal of his role came off as a little bittersweet for his fans. Where on one hand he has now returned to the DCU, on the other hand, he let go of his role as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. Fans speculated that his exit was a result of him going back to don the red cape.

Henry Cavill.
Actor Henry Cavill.

After Henry Cavill bid adieu to The Witcher, Liam Hemsworth is now all set to fill in his shoes. While fans of the extremely popular series had mixed reactions to Liam Hemsworth being the new face of Geralt of Rivia, one view was common – Henry Cavill’s physique and dedication to the character trumps all.

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Can Liam Hemsworth Go Extreme Like Henry Cavill?

Liam Hemsworth
Actor Liam Hemsworth

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While Henry Cavill has passed on his sword to Liam Hemsworth, it is still quite a mystery how the latter is going to take on the role. Fans had quite a few extreme reactions to the recasting, and rightly so. Since time and again Cavill has proved just how dedicated he is to adhere to the expectations revolving around the physical appearance of his characters, it’s intriguing to think whether Hemsworth will be down for the same or not.

The Hunger Games actor is also quite big on workouts and diets. In an interview with Men’s Health, he revealed that he goes through hour-long intense workouts which include calisthenics, sled pulls, and so on. He also mentioned that sometimes he had a few of his celebrity friends over as workout partners, including Jake Gyllenhaal and Jared Leto.

“We do 60-minute workouts or more sometimes. “It’s just high intensity. A mixture of calisthenics, sled pulls, sled pushes, and lots of free-weight stuff. But we don’t stop for the entire 60 minutes. You’re sweating and breathing hard, but also moving a lot of weight as well.”

Hemsworth also finds it interesting to keep tabs on the ever-growing research in the world of fitness. From books on wellness and health to cold water therapy for recovery, the actor certainly knows his stuff.

Even though the new face of Geralt of Rivia takes his fitness seriously, comparing it to Cavill’s dedication speaks volumes about why fans weren’t too happy with the recasting.

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Henry Cavill’s Intensive Training for The Witcher

The studio does not deserve the perfect Superman
Henry Cavill as the Geralt of Rivia

The Man of Steel actor is known for his ability to go to unimaginable lengths to look the part. The Witcher was no different either. In order to play his character in the series, he had to go through an intensive workout regime. Fueled by his trainer Dave Rienzi, Cavill managed to build his physique for the role of Geralt of Rivia.

Rienzi had a particularly complicated task on hand. He had to help Cavill gain muscle mass while making sure he doesn’t overdo himself due to lack of sleep and an overwhelming shoot schedule.

“He had to find a way of leaning me up while putting on muscle mass without completely crushing me every day. But, of course, it does crush you. After eight months of shooting, I was in quite a dire state. But we did it. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy at all. But Dave Rienzi knows his stuff. He’s an excellent trainer.”

While Cavill was more used to CrossFit-style training, Rienzi prescribed him a mix of bodybuilding and athletic training which focused on core training, muscle activation, mobility, and so on. Even though one might think Cavill worked out with heavy weights to achieve the Greek god-like physique, it wasn’t quite the case. On the contrary, he used moderate weights and combined them with techniques that would prove to be much more beneficial.

His training was so extreme that the injuries he obtained on the set weren’t given any time to heal. This especially made the whole process much more difficult for him as he stated that he would be “super-dehydrated” and would always be sporting a muscle pull or two.

Since fans love the dedication Cavill has towards his characters, especially in The Witcher, it’s quite apparent that they will have a mountain of expectations from Hemsworth. Only time will tell if he lives up to those!

Source: Esquire

Written by Mishkaat Khan

A medical student who found solace in writing.