By Annie Comments Off on Interview June/July Scans
I’ve added scans from the June/July issue of Interview Magazine, thanks to fashionscansremastered.net, plus the text-less versions of the pics thanks to Lily
By Annie Comments Off on How Henry Cavill overcame obesity and bullying to become the first ever British Superman
When Henry Cavill was 17, Russell Crowe visited his school to film scenes for the 2000 film Proof Of Life.
‘One of the guys at school was playing Russell’s son,’ says Cavill.
‘The scene involved Russell coming to visit him. I was one of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) kids chosen to be in the background.
‘Between takes everyone was standing around and I thought, “We all look like clunkers standing here staring at him.” So I went over and said, “Hello. My name is Henry and I’m thinking of becoming an actor.”
‘He was very encouraging. He told me, “Sometimes they treat you well and sometimes they don’t and sometimes the pay is great and sometimes it’s not. But it’s great fun.”
‘And then everyone else who had seen me chatting came over and started asking for his autograph. I waved at him and said, “Quick, run!” I remember he laughed.
‘A couple of days later I got a note from Russell that said, “Dear Henry, the journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. Best, Russell.”
‘He also sent me a signed photo from Gladiator, an Aussie rugby jersey, some Aussie sweets and a jar of Vegemite. It was incredibly kind of him. It actually made me think, “Yes, this is what I want to do.”’
Thrilling though a chance encounter with a bona fide star must have been for a teenage boy, Cavill never dreamed his tale would have a Hollywood ending, but it has.
This week, the callow schoolboy becomes the first British actor to play Superman, in Man of Steel… and his mentor, Crowe, plays his father.
‘It’s amazing,’ he laughs. ‘It felt like he was there to greet me at the end of this long journey.’
Today, Cavill is standing on the set of Hollywood blockbuster Man Of Steel in Vancouver, telling me about the day he first donned the Superman cape.
‘I was infused with this childlike excitement. I had been to numerous fittings, through all the prototype phases, with hundreds of bits of the costume. I promised myself I wouldn’t look in the mirror until the whole shebang was ready.
When I turned around, it took my breath away. The “S” emblazoned on my chest, the boots, the red cape… Superman seeps into every boy’s consciousness.
‘I remember running around the garden with a makeshift cape, then later a hand-me-down from one of my older brothers.
‘The “S” is the third most recognisable symbol on the planet, after the Christian Cross and Coca-Cola. It isn’t a Hallowe’en costume. I was Superman.’
There was a certain poetic justice in that moment, which was not lost on ‘Fat Cavill’ – his phrase.
Staring back from the mirror was the once-obese teenager who had been bullied at that same boarding school where he met Crowe; the struggling British actor who had lost out on both an earlier role of Superman, then James Bond – to Daniel Craig.
‘I don’t know if I believe in fate,’ Cavill, 30, had said when we first met. But vindication is surely his.
As a teenager Cavill was overweight and unhappy. Aged 13, he arrived midway through the first term at Stowe, one of Britain’s most prestigious public schools, where fees are more than £9,000 a term.
‘I got there late and the other kids had all formed their groups and cliques,’ he recalls as we sit to the side of a gigantic green screen during a break in filming a scene where Superman flies.
Six foot tall and nearly 16st, with an impressively chiselled jawline, Cavill looks every inch the superhero.
‘I had been head boy at my prep school. I had ambition. I wanted to be head boy at my boarding school. I think, immediately, that put some noses out of joint.
By Annie Comments Off on Spike TV’s “Guys Choice 2013″ Pictures
Pictures from Spike TV’s “Guys Choice 2013″ are up in the gallery!
By Annie Comments Off on Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Videos + Screen Captures
Here’s the full interview from last night’s episode of Tonight Show with Jay Leno. And tons of screen captures:
By Annie Comments Off on Time Magazine & Photoshoot
New Magazine for Henry, plus the photoshoot. (Looking for scans from the magazine, if you can scan it, please send it in)
By Annie Comments Off on Supersize me: How Henry Transformed Into the new Man of Steel
Talk about motivation. Henry Cavill knew when he took on the role of Superman he would be immortalized on movie screens in a form-fitting suit as honest as the superhero.
He had to achieve physical perfection. Fans wouldn’t accept less.
“It was a big responsibility,” the 30-year-old admits. “It was very important to represent the character’s physicality in the right way. I was living and breathing Superman. I just wanted to do this right.”
Consider it a job well done. Man of Steel (opening June 14) shows the British actor has more than the demeanor, killer chin and cheekbones to take on Superman. He also buffed his 6-foot-1 bod in a rigorous four-month workout and diet program.
Even Cavill is impressed.
“I have shrunk down to a more normal size now. You should have seen me then,” he says after filling the doorway of a seafood joint in Manhattan Beach, Calif. “I was considerably bigger. There are a couple of shots of me that I think, ‘My goodness. I was definitely a large chap.’”
Cavill first showed he could rock the buff hero look as Theseus in 2011’s Immortals. But his next movie gig, The Cold Light of Day, came with orders from his director to flab out on pizza and beer to appear normal.
The party stopped with a call from director Zack Snyder to try out for Man of Steel. Cavill shudders to recall his screen test in a Christopher Reeve replica Lycra suit.
“You’re looking at yourself going: ‘This is not going to work. I’m not going to get this job.’I wasn’t in terrible shape, but I didn’t look good in Lycra. Thankfully Zack had an idea of what I could look like.”
Cavill immediately began work with 300 trainer Mark Twight. He recalls the first meeting, when Twight peppered him with workout questions.
“Then he asked, ‘Would you like to use steroids or HGH (human growth hormone) to get to where you want to go?’ I immediately said no. And he said, ‘Good. Because if you did, I wouldn’t train you.’”
Playing Superman without steroid cheating was vital to Cavill. He wanted to be as clean as the character. “To take a shortcut to get to that place is not what Superman represents. That was important to me,” Cavill says. “That’s when I learned what work was.”