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“That’s four weeks of me hanging outside the helicopter”: Even Man of Steel Henry Cavill Could Not Handle the Torture of Shooting Action Sequence with Tom Cruise

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Rising to fame with his role in the British drama series Tudors, Henry Cavill has since turned his attention to action and spy-thrillers. He has continued to maintain his presence in spy movies, and with now rumored to be the next James Bond.

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Henry Cavill in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as Napoleon Solo

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In 2015, he starred as CIA agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., directed by Guy Ritchie. A role originally meant for Tom Cruise, but after he opted to reprise his role in the Mission Impossible series, Henry Cavill swooped in on the opportunity.

Henry Cavill’s role in Mission Impossible

Starring in Tom Cruise‘s Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Henry Cavill exerted himself to the fullest, calling the experience to be very challenging. After being offered the role on Instagram by Christopher McQuarrie, the actor wasted no time joining the daredevil crew.

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Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

The Enola Holmes actor noted how he didn’t prepare for Superman as much as he did to play August Walker. While Superman was more about sculpting and looking good shirtless, Mission Impossible needed him fit for stunts. He noted:

“It is about prepping for the stunts, rehearsing the stunts, making sure everything is finessed and going right and I love that. It was a very different approach, and I enjoyed it enormously.”

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On release, many fans were pleasantly surprised by his performance, noting how they were able to forget he was a big blue boy scout. Furthermore, he felt convincing as a badass spy who went toe to toe with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt.

The stunts were impossible even for Superman!

Despite having performed stunts in many films, Henry Cavill noted his experience in Mission Impossible – Fallout to be the most excruciating and terrifying one yet. In an interview with GQ, the actor described his experience in a particular action sequence, he noted:

“…hanging outside a helicopter, with my head in the wind.. and I’m firing real blanks. So I’m having blank residue flying everywhere. I can’t hear anything, I’m just going to stick my head out the window, and start acting. That was probably the most difficult bit, but at the same time, the most thrilling.”

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Henry Cavill is one of the top contenders to become the next James Bond.

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Henry Cavill went on to appreciate the dedication of Tom Cruise to all his stunts practically, including the helicopter sequence, for which the Top Gun actor stunt flying lessons.

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Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.