Henry Cavill: From King of Mustache Memes to Monster Hunter
The story of Henry Cavill on the big screen began at an early age despite what many people think, but we started to hear his name because of the latest iconic movies he has played. Through this article, we will review a bit of his story and how he got to his role in "The Witcher."
The history of Cavill
He was born on May 5, 1983, on the largest of the Channel Islands of Great Britain called Jersey, a dependency of the British crown. He developed his love for acting during his time at the Stowe School, where he participated in several theatrical productions.
Although he initially wanted to leave the archipelago where he was born, later in his career he reported that he missed his home very much and that he would have liked to spend more time in it, as well as he regularly talked about the fact that the other children made fun of him for his weight.
He was born as Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill. His mother, Marianne Dalgliesh, who was born on the same island and has Irish, Scottish and English ancestry, dedicated herself to being a housewife and taking care of Henry. While his father, Colin Richard Cavill, is a stockbroker of English origin.
Henry is the second youngest son of the whole family, with four brothers. He received a private education at St. Michael's High School in Saint Savior, Jersey, before attending Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England.
His first steps
Henry started acting at an early age thanks to a series of performances in school plays in which he participated, like "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Shakespeare, and Sonny LaTierri in "Grease." In the same way, he starred and directed Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in a BBC documentary.
At age 17 he was discovered by a series of casting directors who attended school in search of a young man who would play the role of Albert Mondego in The Revenge of the Count of Monte Cristo. This was his first performance on the big screen.
Beginnings in the cinema
After that interpretation, he stared the 2001 film, Laguna. He participated in "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries" of the BBC in 2001, the television movie "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" in 2002 and the television series "The Murders of Midsomer" that started in 1997.
When he was 20 years old, he won a series of leading roles in the films "The Dreaming Castle" of 2003, "Hellraiser: Hellworld" of 2005, "Little Red Riding Hood," made in 2006, and "Tristan and Isolde," a period film that was made in 2006.
He also had a minor role in the renowned fantasy and adventure film, "Stardust," which was made in 2008. During this film experience, he had the opportunity to share with two figures that influenced his acting growth: Sienna Miller and Ben Barnes.
Over a period of three years, between 2007 and 2010, Henry had the opportunity to play one of the leading roles of the television series, "The Tudors," by obtaining the part of Charles Brandon, first Duke of Suffolk, which became a big boost for his career.
The series was a resounding success among millions of people around the world, was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2007 and won an Emmy at the 2008 awards ceremony. Entertainment Weekly named Cavill as "Most Dashing Duke" among the rest of the characters of the series.
Approaching the DC universe
During those years he stared in the 2006 film, "Blood Creek," and Woody Allen's comedy, "If the Thing Works," in 2009. At the beginning of 2011, it was publicly announced that Henry Cavill had been chosen as the next Superman in the film. 2013, "The Man of Steel."
This made Cavill the first non-American actor to play the iconic Superman character. The film was directed by Zach Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and written by David S. Goyer.
Cavill's entry into the DC universe opened the door for many other films and interpretation with the character of Superman, among which were his appearances in "Batman vs Superman," "Justice League" and the movies of the rest of the members of this group.
His growth in acting
Cavill starred in the epic film of fantasy and adventure, "Immortals," in 2011. This film was written by Tarsem Singh, and in it, he had the opportunity to perform with Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, and Luke Evans, which allowed him to continue making his way in the American cinema.
Similarly, Henry starred in the action thriller, "Cold Light of Day," on September 7, 2012, with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. In it, he plays a young Wall Street merchant who faces those responsible for the kidnapping of his family.
The premiere of "The Man of Steel"
The world premiere of this film was on June 10, 2013, in New York City, then it was released in London, Bailiwick of Jersey, Sicily, Madrid, Shanghai, Sydney, and Tokyo, to be later projected in the rest of the world according to its distribution date.
This installment of the Superman saga quickly became the highest-grossing movie of this character to date, and the second re-start of a hit-and-run history of all time behind the 2012 "Amazing Spider-Man" movie series.
His unstoppable fame
He earned the number 1 spot as the "Sexiest Man" according to the magazine Glamour, and millions of his followers supported this nomination, as can be seen in the comments on his social networks and in the publication of the magazine, which made a digital section about it.
Among his other projects, Henry announced on November 3, 2014, that he would form his own British audiovisual production company, Promethean Productions, along with his brother Charlie, with the help and direct support of London producer Rex Glensy.
The mustache controversy
As many people currently know, Cavill grew his mustache for his role in "Mission Impossible: Fallout," but the production of this action sequel happened at the same time as the "Justice League" recording, which led Warner Bros to take the curious decision to eliminate it digitally.
This decision derailed the DC universe film a bit, leading to a series of very harsh criticism from the audience. This formed an extreme controversy by the fans of the DC universe, especially after seeing the results.
Was it worth it?
After the world premiere of the sequel to the "Mission Impossible" saga, Cavill and his infamous mustache were once again news, but differently. Justice League caused the fans of the comics to feel disappointed, but Fallout caused another response.
The film is being hailed as one of the best action movies in many years, which has made many people understand Calvill's decision to let his mustache grow because they got a great movie of all that mess.
Among the latest news about this actor and his career, it was confirmed the participation of Henry Cavill as the protagonist of the next series of Netflix based on the game adventure and action "The Witcher," which opens a new spectrum of fans to Cavill.
This film will be based on one of the best-selling fantasy series to date, where we will follow Geralt de Rivia, played by Cavill, a lone monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world of perverse people and beasts.
The story unfolds as he acquires more skills to survive this world, but when fate directly affects a powerful sorceress and a young princess with a dangerous secret, they must find a way to learn to survive together with reality.
The production of the series
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich will serve as the executive producer and showrunner of the series. In addition, he will have the direction of Alik Sakharov, Alex Garcia Lopez, and Charlotte Brändström during the first season of 8 episodes in which Sakharov will work as executive producer.
Sakharov will direct 4 of the episodes of the series, including the first one; Garcia Lopez and Brändström will lead two episodes each one and will culminate the season of the series that, according to the initial critics, promises to bring to the screen a masterpiece.
Cavill on television
This will be the first television role of Cavill since his performance in the historical drama of "The Tudors," made in 2010. Due to his well-known characters in the latest installment of "Mission Impossible" and his role as Superman in the DC universe, Cavill moved away from the small screen.
"The Witcher" began as a series of short stories by the author Andrzej Sapkowski that was published in Poland in the 1980s. This series was recently adapted to a popular franchise of video games, comics and board games with a huge fandom.
The cinematographic history of Henry Cavill has led him from playing small roles in the theater, to get leading and iconic characters such as Superman, and the recent Geral de Rivia that, although not known by all people, represents a very big step for lovers of video games who expect a perfect interpretation on his part to avoid tarnishing the reputation that history has forged for more than 30 years.