It’s a known fact that the Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is one of the most passionate fans of Andrzej Sapkowski’s The Witcher and has been pretty vocal about his love for the fantasy genre. Cavill also expressed that he developed a lifelong love for the genre during his childhood, and since then, the actor has been keen on reading different fantasy novels and playing RPG games.
And it appears that the reason behind his decision to quit the iconic show was his overwhelming love for the source material, as Cavill always wanted to keep Geralt of Rivia true to his roots.
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Henry Cavill considers himself lucky for getting paid for his role in The Witcher
After Henry Cavill played The Witcher 3, the actor was mesmerized by the game and soon went on to read all of Sapkowski’s novels on the subject. And when he was offered to star in its live-action adaptation, the Man of Steel actor didn’t think twice before accepting the offer and jokingly stated that he considered himself lucky for getting paid for something he loved. The actor stated,
“I’m a big PC gamer as well and so I spent a lot of my time playing role-playing games in that genre and played The Witcher games, I played Witcher 3 through twice and then I just, this is, this is the kind of thing that I do, this is the kind of thing I do in my free time, so the opportunity to work on this for real and make it my job, as well I’ll get paid for doing my hobby stuff, was ideal”
But despite his immense love for the source material, the actor eventually dropped the mantle of Geralt of Rivia after playing it for the entire two seasons and will mark his final appearance as the character in The Witcher season 3.
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Henry Cavill’s love for The Witcher IP might be the reason behind his exit from the show
Even though in the beginning it appeared that the reason behind Henry Cavill’s axing from The Witcher series was a scheduling conflict considering the actor was back as Superman at the time. But soon after his removal from the role of Superman, fans were assured that it just wasn’t a scheduling conflict between Netflix and Cavill.
And many fans have speculated that the prime reason behind Henry Cavill’s removal from the show was the creative difference between the actor and the writers. Considering that Cavill is one of the biggest fans of Sapkowski’s work, it’s understandable why the actor wasn’t quite happy with the direction of the show and the writers’ disrespect towards the source material was the last straw for Cavill.
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Even though the actor has been axed from the roles that pushed him into stardom, fans have commended the actor for respecting the source material. And despite the loss of the iconic roles, Cavill is set to feature in his other passion project called Warhammer 40k, the live-action adaptation of the miniature wargame.