Spotlight On… Henry Cavill

Welcome back to Spotlight On. This is the one and only feature where I ramble about a randomly picked celebrity on the first Monday of every month. Last month’s pick was Kate Beckinsale — in case you’ve missed it, you can find it over here. For the month of July, I have chosen Henry Cavill. You all recognize him from Man of Steel (2013) as the newest Superman, but what more do you know about this talented and handsome actor? Did you know that his dream role is to play Alexander the Great for instance? And were you aware of him being Stephenie Meyer’s first choice for portraying Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga movies? I guess it’s a good thing he was a bit too old for that role. Anyway, Cavill is an interesting actor to highlight in this month’s edition of Spotlight On for sure.

Henry Cavill, or as Entertainment Weekly calls him Most Dashing Duke, was born in 1983 just off the coast of Normandy (France) on the Channel Islands. He started acting at an early age in school plays such as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. At the age of seventeen, he was discovered by British casting directors who were looking for a boy to play Albert Mondego in The Count of Monte Christo (2002). From there onwards, he has gained starring roles in movies like Red Riding Hood (2007), Tristan & Isolde (2006) and Theseus (2011). In 2007 he also starred as Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, in the popular TV show The Tudors which I’m sure many of you have heard of.

Henry Cavill is “the unluckiest man in Hollywood” — Empire Magazine, December 2005.

In 2005, Cavill auditioned for the role of James Bond in the movie Casino Royale (2006) and even performed for a final screen test. However, the producers believed he was too young to take on the role and as you know they gave the role to Daniel Craig. Henry Cavill was also a contender for the role of Superman in Superman Returns (2006), but eventually lost that one to Brandon Routh — hence Empire Magazine’s reaction in 2005. Another fun fact is that he actually lost two roles to Robert Pattinson. The first one being Edward Cullen as Meyer described him “the perfect fit” and the second one being the character of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

On the other hand, Henry Cavill (actually pronounced like ‘travel’) has been the most successful of them all as he got to be the first non-American actor to play Superman. In the end it’s him who gets to be Superman for another round next year as Man of Steel 2 has already been announced.

The latest gossip news is that Cavill and Kaley Cuoco, the sitcom starling, are getting it on, but let’s leave the speculation over to the tweeters, right? How about the top 3 roles of Cavill? Well, number one would most certainly be in The Tudors. Next, I liked him a lot in Man of Steel as the new Superman (review will be coming up soon). And of course, his role in Theseus safely deserves the third spot. What do you think are his top three performances?

It’s very stressful waking up Monday morning and saying, ‘Can I still see that vein in my abs?’ — Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill in The Tudors


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