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‘They gave him the nickname ‘Fat Cavill”: Henry Cavill Took Revenge on His School Bullies for Fatshaming Him, Redefined the Term ‘Careful Who You Call Ugly in High School’

'They gave him the nickname 'Fat Cavill'': Henry Cavill Took Revenge on His School Bullies for Fatshaming Him, Redefined the Term 'Careful Who You Call Ugly in High School'

From the little that can be gathered via reports and interviews scattered over the internet, it seems as though Henry Cavill didn’t have the easiest of childhoods, but he more than made up for it in the years that followed. Ever since his teenage years, the actor has been struck by a love for films and gaming but it wasn’t until he was 17 that he decided to drop out of school and journey to Hollywood for a life among the stars. With Showtime’s historical fiction, The Tudors, Cavill gained a foothold in the industry and it wasn’t too long after then that Superman would come along, marking his rise and global stardom almost overnight in 2013.

Henry Cavill at the Man of Steel premiere
Henry Cavill in 2013

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Henry Cavill’s Difficult Years Amids Brothers and Bullies

The story of every household with siblings remains the same – endless fights and bloody battles. It wasn’t any different for Henry Cavill, Hollywood’s resident superhero. Living with four brothers must have been hellish already but according to Cavill, their situation was one step beyond. On the Graham Norton show, the Justice League actor once claimed – “I mean, we were living on the edge of survival most of the time.” 

Henry Cavill in Manila for The Witcher fan event
Henry Cavill

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At school, it wasn’t any different. Joining the rugby team did not help with his image when it came to being borderline obese – a trait that landed him a cruel nickname among peers, “Fat Cavill.” Although the name didn’t stick, Cavill’s father attributes that factor to him growing up the same weight from the age of 13 to 25, the only difference being that he grew taller.

In his later years, he would go on to face a similar challenge because of his weight in his line of work as well when the 2005 auditions for Casino Royale didn’t pan out well for Cavill despite him being the final contender against Craig for the role of 007.

Henry Cavill: The Sexiest Man Alive?

For years, the debate over why Henry Cavill has still not been crowned as the Sexiest Man Alive by People has remained a subject of contention among fans. Last year, Chris Evans took home the title and there have been calls for Cavill to be the successor in 2023. However, a decade ago, The Tudors actor already secured the win through Glamour magazine’s annual poll in the category.

Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon
Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon in The Tudors

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Beating the 4-time consecutive winner of the title, Robert Pattinson, Glamour crowned Henry Cavill as the world’s sexiest man in 2013, the same year as his breakout Hollywood role as Superman in Zack Snyder’s DCEU film, Man of Steel. He was 30 years old at the time. Now that he’s turning 40, the fans have claimed it’s high time People bestows him the same honor as well when the poll is out for 2023.

Source: Recap Focus

Written by Diya Majumdar

It's 2023 and Diya Majumdar's social life is defined by a 365-day binge-marathon of films and television shows. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, she now has more than 1000 published articles on Fandomwire, and her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema. She happens to be a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh, and hardly anything fascinates her more than painting exact replicas of all their troubled works – in oil, of course.