“Looking a little chubby there”: Henry Cavill Reveals Being Fat-Shamed by Director, Took it Like a Champ to Become a Muscle God Superman of This Generation

“Looking a little chubby there”: Henry Cavill Reveals Being Fat-Shamed by Director, Took it Like a Champ to Become a Muscle God Superman of This Generation
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Henry Cavill will exit Netflix’s The Witcher after he gets a heroic send-off in season 3, he is also being dropped by DC as Superman. Currently, it does not look good for Cavill but he remains loved and adored by fans. His exit from two big franchises has led to an uproar on the internet as fans have criticized both Netflix and James Gunn for letting Cavill go. It was Henry Cavill and his Superman that put DC movies on the map, he became famous and so did the superhero he played. However, this journey to the top was filled with rejections and rough terrain.


Henry Cavill was called chubby by a director

Henry Cavill in The Witcher

Henry Cavill is one of the fittest and most handsome actors out there, his charm and good looks are never up for debate. Even though Cavill looks like a cool guy he was not one in his early years. Yes, when the actor had just started he did not look this toned, he was rather chubby. In an interview, the actor said he was going to leave acting gigs,

“There were plenty of times I thought it wouldn’t happen. At one stage I was like, ‘If this next movie doesn’t do well then I’m out, I’m going to join the Armed Forces.”

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Auditions came before Cavill could call it quits. He was soon called to audition for James Bond even though the role went to Daniel Craig, the Superman actor learned a lot from the auditions and it completely changed his hunger and ambitions. He told that one of the criticisms from Martin Campbell was,

“I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’ I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.”

Everything changed for him after the release of Superman. The James Bond audition was not the only one where he faced rejection, Cavill recalled another audition where he shared a room with a legendary actor.

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Henry Cavill blames this legendary actor for his nervous performance

Henry Cavill as Superman

In the early 2000s, Cavill lost out on The Lion in Winter. Even though later on the film did not turn out to be a hit, it was a remake of an iconic play,1966. The film was released in 2003, but Cavill auditioned for it in 2000 when he had just started out. The actor recalls entering the room and Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart was sitting inside, he freaked out immediately,

“I’d been acting for three years, I was incredibly nervous to audition in front of an actor of your caliber. I had spent weeks learning my lines, and by the time I got in there, I’d whipped myself into such a frenzy that I completely flubbed the audition.”

Patrick Stewart from Star Trek

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Cavill continues,


“I forgot how to act, and then I left with my tail in between my legs. I did another audition. It wasn’t good enough to get the job, but it was far better. You said, ‘I’m so glad that you came back,’ and that gave me such strength throughout my career, and I’ve never forgotten it.”

Life came a full circle when in the summer of 2020 Henry Cavill get the opportunity to interview Patrick Stewart alongside Variety. Cavill had nothing but glorious things to say about the actor.

Source: MensHealth


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