Henry Cavill Recounts His First Meeting With Russell Crowe: Plus Two Brief Scene Descriptions
We’re roughly two weeks away from Man of Steel hitting theaters, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. It seems that everyone, nerd or not, is ready to see director Zack Snyder and new Superman Henry Cavill bring the big blue boyscout back to the silver screen. Henry Cavill recently spoke with Details Magazine about the highly anticipated film and shared his thoughts on a variety of things. HenryCavill.org had the full transcript of the article. Read on for a few of the highlights.
Cavill has a huge weight on his shoulders. Superman transcends comics. He is more than a comic book character, he’s a cultural icon. Some have thrived under that weight (Christopher Reeve) and some have been crushed (Brandon Routh). Cavill wants to rise to the occasion, saying “This character matters so much to so many people. I want to get that right. I want to do it justice. I want people to believe in the character and have faith in the character and kids to grow up wanting to be Superman.” One person who thinks Cavill can live up to the pressure is General Zod himself. Michael Shannon had nothing but praise for his nemesis “Henry’s about to be one of the more famous people on the planet. Getting to play Superman is a blessing and a curse. It’s a hard character to capture. He’s devoid of animosity or sarcasm, but he’s not a dullard either. It’s an overwhelming movie, and Henry’s right in the middle of it, and he just carries it like a champ.“
One of the most humorous parts of the interview, besides Cavill admitting to being a huge Wheel of Time and World of Warcraft nerd, was his recollection of meeting Russell Crowe for the first time. The first meeting wasn’t on the Man of Steel set as you may have though. Cavill meet the star while he was in boarding school:
He was on campus filming Proof of Life. Everyone was standing in a semicircle, and I thought, ‘We look ridiculous, staring like he’s some kind of prize pony.’ So I walked up and said, ‘Hi, my name is Henry. I’m thinking of becoming an actor. What’s the acting world like?’ He said something like, ‘Sometimes it’s great. Sometimes it’s not so great. It’s fun acting. And they pay well.’ Then everyone ran up and asked for autographs, and I turned to Russell and said, ‘Run.’” [Several days later, Cavill received a package from Crowe containing snacks, a rugby jersey, and a CD of the actor’s band.] There was also a signed note. It said, ‘Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ [On the set of Man of Steel, Cavill reminded Crowe of their meeting.] I told him, ‘I was the fat one who didn’t ask for your autograph.’ He looked at me blankly, and then he actually remembered.
Besides some quotes about living up to all the hype and pressure and some funny anecdotes, there was two brief scene descriptions for the film. The first paragraph relates to Clark Kent, the wanderer, who we’ve seen with a beard hitchhiking across America. The second part is a brief sentence on the destruction Zod and his cronies cause during the Battle for Smallville:
IN A DARKENED EDITING BAY ON THE WARNER BROS. LOT IN BURBANK, California, Man of Steel footage rolls on a 70-inch screen. Finally, here’s the director Zack Snyder’s long-awaited, top-secret Clark Kent: swarthy and muscular, working at a bar on a lonely stretch of highway. No Brooks Brothers. No glasses. No Daily Planet. Instead, Kent, in jeans and a henley, is a drifter, bouncing from job to job, not yet ready to assume his true calling, not yet given the chance. Kent finds work far from any Metropolis. Among deckhands. And roughnecks. And wasted truckers who grope innocent women while he buses tables. He tells them to stop. They get aggressive, tossing beer, throwing punches. One connects and he takes it. Kent walks away, seething. He later lashes out, unleashing his long-pent-up wrath on inanimate aluminum and steel. This is Clark Kent struggling, grappling with the possibility of keeping his powers secret forever.
THE BATTLE FOR SMALLVILLE GOES DOWN LIKE THIS: ZOD TOSSES a truck through a house. Main Street, a U-Haul van, an IHOP, the local Sears — they’re all totaled.
You can read the full article by clicking here. There is still more from Cavill on the film and how being teased about his weight in his youth motivated him to be an actor. From all the interviews Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill have been doing, you can tell that they are very sincere and passionate about the movie. If half of that translates to the screen, we should be in for a real treat. What do you think about Cavill’s comments? Are you ready for June 14th?
Source : HenryCavill.org