Henry Cavill is finally breaking his silence over the CGI removal of his mustache in Justice League. As fans know, the DC Extended Universe superhero extravaganza had a rough road to the big screen this past November, beginning with the personal tragedy that led to director Zack Snyder stepping down and former Marvel helmer Joss Whedon taking his place. Adding insult to injury, the film was a costly miss for Warner Bros. and DC Films at the box office, as it ended its theatrical run with $229 million domestically – a paltry number by superhero movie standards.
While not nearly as serious, another problem for Justice League came during reshoots when it was revealed that Cavill – under a contractual obligation with Paramount Pictures for the upcoming spy thriller Mission: Impossible - Fallout – couldn't shave off the mustache he grew for the Tom Cruise film. Naturally, jokes about the quandary ensued, with even Cavill joining in the on the fun. It became no laughing matter to the studio, however, when criticism began to fly over how bad the CGI removal of the actor's mustache was.
Now, in a new interview with Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie), Cavill is weighing on the debacle, saying he was "slightly surprised" over the whole hubbub. To begin with, the actor said he never anticipated such of a weird set of circumstances falling into place. He says:
When we decided to go for the moustache, I certainly wasn't expecting all the events to unfold as they were going to unfold. I wasn't expecting Justice League reshoots to be as extensive as they were. When it came to that, it was one of those things where I'm in the middle of another movie, and to change my look for a movie that should have finished already becomes a real problem. And as you will see when the movie comes out, to have a fake moustache on would not have been a possibility. You'll think, 'Okay, yeah, a fake moustache would perhaps have been blown off in this situation.' Unfortunately, it led to much dismay when Justice League came out, but that's the nature of these things. You can't win every time."
Adding to what Cavill said about a fake mustache blowing off, M:I Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie recently responded to a Twitter question with the following:
Of course, Justice League wasn't a big winner for Warner Bros., but it can hardly be blamed on the bad CGI removal of Cavill's mustache. True, it provided more ammunition for the movie's detractors to throw at the beleaguered film, but in terms of the actual cost of doing so, Warner Bros. speculated when the problem arose that it wouldn't be that costly. Even so, a YouTube user tried to embarrass the production with a video saying the removal of Cavill's mustache looked better when it was done on a desktop PC than it did in the movie.
Despite the fact that the CGI removal of his mustache was heavily ridiculed, Cavill appears to be taking the whole flap in great stride. Again, considering some of the far more serious things that happened during the Justice League shoot, there's no doubt that Cavill is keeping things in perspective. One thing's for certain: Because Cavill's M:I Fallout director McQuarrie says he's available to direct Man of Steel 2 if Cavill asks him, they'll certainly include in the actor's contract that his mustache is coming off for reshoots no matter what other production he is locked into at that point.
Source: Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie)
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