How ‘Immortals’ Prepped Henry Cavill For His Role as Superman

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:47 pm,

Henry Cavill has gone through intense physical training for his role as the man-in-blue in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel.

This Superman, by all accounts, not only carries the extraordinary gifts of his predecessors but is also one of raw, physical, brute strength and power. At the Los Angeles press event for director Tarsem Singh’s upcoming fantasy-adventure, Immortals, Cavill about how his experience with what the cast jokingly referred to as the “Immortals diet” and workout regime mentally prepared him for the rigorous work he would endure for Superman.

“Any experience on an acting job is good experience because you can take it to the next [job]. The physical experience (on “Immortals”) was obviously wonderful because it’s prepped me for this (“Superman”) physical experience. I’ve learned that when you go to this kind of level, it’s no longer about the physical, it’s more about the mental. It’s about the will power to push yourself into that very dark place. You’re standing next to the precipice, and you’ve got that weight on your shoulders, and you’re only halfway through the workout and you need to push yourself off and just go into that big f**k-off black hole and keep on pushing. “Immortals” prepped me for that emotionally and mentally…in the physical sense, if that makes sense. So, I’m very grateful for that.”

When he and his Immortals co-star, Luke Evans, were asked how they wrap their minds around the scale of archetypal characters such as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit (Evans) and Superman, they indicated that to think of the largeness of the characters in either the mythological sense – or as it relates to the level of public interest surrounding the projects – would be crippling to their work.

Luke Evans: “It’s just a role at the end of the day. It’s what we do for a living. When you see it on the screen you’re like, ‘Wow.’ You’re overwhelmed by the role that you’ve played. But at the end of the day it’s a role and you approach it as a new challenge, as a new role.”

Henry Cavill: “You can’t look at it from the external viewpoint because it can be crushing.”

Luke Evans: “Daunting as well.”

Henry Cavill: “You’ve got to go, ‘Okay, I’m playing a role.’ And if you approach it any differently from playing any other role — and I’m talking from the place of we approach any role with the same kind of dedication no matter what — if you approach it any differently than any other role then you’re not going to do a good enough job. Because you’ll be worried about what everyone is thinking as opposed to just acting. Which is what it is.”

When Cavil was asked to elaborate on his experience with Snyder’s Superman, he would only say:

It’s been wonderful. Very hard work, exciting and fun, all of those things. I can’t really say any more.”

Man of Steel is due out in theaters June 14th, 2013.

Immortals opens on November 11th.

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  1. I have high hopes for the superman movie. I can only imagine how intensely his chops will be scrutinized in the Immortals. Sometimes even good actors aren’t so good in some roles, so I hope people remember that IF he doesn’t do well in the Immortals. I hope he does. It’s very difficult to judge as if you’re in a vacuum.

  2. I’m excited to see all three films…”The Hobbit” will, I’m confident, be a fantastic prequel to the LOTR trilogy, judging by the acting talent and the fact that Peter Jackson is once again directing. “Immortals” looks to be a “cool” alternate universe take on the ancient mythology I so love. “Man of Steel” has met my expectations–and exceeded them, in some instances–with every new tidbit of news released so far; I feel confident that the finished product will satisfy me greatly, both in my desire for a great Superman film AND my hope for an fun, entertaining superhero flick.

    :D

  3. Why must we wait till 2013??? I get so antsy when my buddies and I talk superman.

    • yeah man 2013 is soo far away

    • Ok I think we need to stop reminding ourselves that it’s so far away lol.

  4. Luke has had some big roles offered to him since “Clash of the Titans…well that’s the first thing I’ve seen him in…good actor..very good….
    I guess that’s why He’s getting the offers/roles. I’m hoping that Henry knocks “Superman outta the park. Immortals will be my first review of his work and I guess a judgement of His talent. I have a personal issue with Zack, taking a shot at THOR before the film came out …or wether THOR had the right to be made…Theses 2 Guys are going to be playing some major roles in these upcoming films…

    I’m happy for both of them to get the oppurtunity to make their *Personal stamp on the roles and films.
    All of us know *oppurtunity didn’t come often, or at all.

    “Bully for them.

  5. I’m very excited about the movie but I wish it could’ve been Tom Welling playing the role of superman. :(

    • Really? Thats like wishing Jessica Alba would be returning to her role in the reboot of FF… Or Jar Jar Binks should get his own spin-off…

  6. I really like Luke Evans and am very excited about seeing him as the iconic Bard the bowman in The Hobbit. H will surely do the character justice !!

  7. So one cheesy role for another…?

  8. bbaaaaaaaaarrrrrffffff. immortals will be wack…superman will be way worse.

  9. Horrible uniforme…and this actor, Hugh! Nothing in common with the superhero. I will never spend my time in the theater to watch it, NEVER!

  10. If Superman had a mask like Darth Vader, this cavill would be perfect. Give me a break please!

  11. Christopher Nolan’s “Superman:MOS” directed by the best action director Zack Snyder, scripted by Christopher Nolan & David Goyer, the guys who brought Batman back with a bang, and such a great cast….wow! wow! it’s a DREAM COME TRUE. Superman is one of the biggest superhero and he is the most popular in world. This movie will kick major butts.

  12. But the main character, Superman, should be performed by Brandon Routh. He looks like superman from the comic book