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Creator / Henry Cavill

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"People have this belief that actors are able to go out there and say, 'Oh, I choose this job', but most of the time we're just taking the job we can get. We don't just get offered thousands of jobs; we might earn one job a year and that's the one we'll take because we've got to pay the rent."

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill (born 5 May 1983 in Saint Helier, Jersey) is a British actor.

He is known mainly for his roles in The Tudors and Immortals, and for being the latest movie incarnation of Superman as part of the DC Extended Universe, as well as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix adaptation of The Witcher.

He's also well-known for his bad luck early in his career, consisting of a long string of near-misses in landing important roles before his rise to prominence.


His roles include:


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His works provide examples of:

  • Badass Baritone: Many of the badass characters he play take advantage of his deep voice.
  • The Charmer: His characters are usually pretty laid-back and debonair.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Inverted for The Cold Light Of Day where he was asked to slim down his muscle quite a bit, which he admits he would never do again.
    • Played straight with Immortals, his DCEU films as Superman and The Witcher as he had to get a Heroic Build.
    • He also extensively trained in swordplay with Vladimír Furdík for The Witcher. He also went so far as using the infamous bodybuilders’ trick of dehydrating himself for days so his skin would thin out and make his muscles more prominent.
  • Fake American: Has been cast in an increasing number of American roles.
  • Fan Community Nickname: His fans have gotten the name "The Cavillry".
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. While he plays an intense Superman, Cavill is easygoing and even playful.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Whom do you think his incarnation of Superman gets it from?
  • Mellow Fellow: Henry's known for being very chilled out and gentlemanly. So far, the closest he's come to expressing anger is in this Instagram post where he calls out the more radical members of his fanbase for harassing his girlfriend and other connections, and even then he maintains a diplomatic tone.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Cavill's had a lot of fun with the trouble his mustache brought to Justice League.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets quite a few Shirtless Scenes in his works, from Immortals all the way to The Witcher.
    • While it's downplayed in Enola Holmes (since it's set in Victorian England), he does fill out his suits quite well.
  • One of Us:
    • Let's put this in perspective here. One of the most famous stories about Cavill is that he let the call informing him that he'd been chosen to play Superman go to voicemail because he was in the middle of a WoW raid.
      • He's stated that he was looking forward to the release of the expansion Shadowlands as the level cap was changing from 120, which was realistically nigh-impossible for him, to 60. It was one of the reasons he got into the World of Warcraft: Classic version, which simulates the original game and its level 60 cap.
    • An interview when stumping for The Witcher made him this for the PC gamer crowd: when asked "PlayStation or Xbox?" He responds, with mild indignation, "...PC." There's also the other fact that he claimed that he played all three games to completion. Even your diehard Witcher fans cannot make that claim lightly...
    • A video he uploaded in July 2020 showing him lovingly assembling his new PC with Barry White music for the soundtrack caused a frenzy.
    • During the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown, he posted an Instagram video of himself instensely painting a Warhammer 40,000 miniature. And not just some nondescript Space Marine either, but an Adeptus Custodes Warden! You can just picture him solemnly and quietly grunting in admiration of his work upon completion.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • He's been a big fan of Superman for years before landing the role. He was so excited that he actually called up his family to tell them the news and showed how much of a fanboy he was in interviews by listing various Superman comic storylines he'd like to be adapted.
    • He's a big fan of video games, those based on The Witcher included. He landed the role of Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's Witcher series in September 2018. The games introduced him to the novels they were adapted from. He initially assumed the games came first because the cover art was so familiar.
    • In Total War: Warhammer II's expansion "The Warden and the Paunch", Cavill was slipped in as "Cavill, Loremaster of Hoeth" and on top of this, one of his abilities is White Wolf. He had previously declared the games one of his favorite (with the Total War series being one of his favorite franchise in general), and has admitted to being a huge High Elf fan.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: One of the ultimate examples in Hollywood today, considering that he's 6'1 with dark hair and is strikingly good-looking, and it shows in his roles.
  • What Could Have Been:


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Kimmel figures out Kent/Wayne

Jimmy Kimmel figures out that Clark Kent is Superman and Bruce Wayne is Batman within seconds of meeting them.

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