Man on the Steely Rise – Henry Cavill

Article by James
Once dubbed, “…the most unlucky man in Hollywood”, luck seems to be changing for Henry Cavill. I have to admit that part of the reason for this blog is to gush a little more about the recent DVD release of visionary Director Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Cavill plays the lead role of Theseus, so I’ll shut up about that from here on in. (BUT, if you haven’t seen it, go see NOW!) The rise to fame for Cavill has not been an easy one when you consider he is actually more than a competent actor and has the looks to get the auditions. But his history is quite the name dropping stuff that unlucky was made of.

Cast in a significant role within 2002’s big budget remake of The Count of Monte Cristo, while not setting the box office alight, he made an impression on Stephanie Meyers. That’s right. Mother Twilight. Alas, when the first film was being cast he was considered too old to play a seventeen year old Edward at twenty-five so was passed up. Films such as 2006’s Tristan + Isolde and 2007’s Stardust managed to raise his profile but it wasn’t until he was cast as a major player in the fantastically good TV series The Tudors led by Jonathan Rhys Meyers (2007 – 2010), that he became relatively quite known. During this time on the TV he managed to play a lead in the underrated horror flick 2009’s Blood Creek, and even managed a fairly high profile role in Woody Allen’s Whatever Works in the same year. But previously, here where the “unlucky” tag comes from…

While being too old to play Edward in the hugely successful vampire franchise, Cavill auditioned for the role of Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan Directed 2005’s Batman Begins and eventually lost out to Christian Bale. In 2006 he was considered for the role of Clark Kent in Brian Singer’s reboot of Superman Returns. In the same year he lost out marginally to Daniel Craig as the new JB in Casino Royale; hence the “unlucky” tag. But seriously, after watching those films, he didn’t fit all in my humble opinion. So, onward and upward.

After the lead in 2011’s AWESOME Immortals (ok, I’ll truly stop), and next a starring role in the new Bruce Willis vehicle, The Cold Light of Day with the always cool Sigourney Weaver, released later in 2012, seems 2013 will be Cavill’s year. Running over a previous road, he leads the cast as Clark Kent in Zack Snyder’s (2009’s Watchmen) new reboot of the Superman franchise with Man of Steel. Currently in post-production both Snyder, after his dismal effort with 2011’s Sucker Punch, and Cavill have a lot riding on this mega-budget blockbuster. Co-starring the always-wonderful Amy Adams as Lois Lane, with a further big name cast including Russel Crowe, Kevin Coster (erghhhh), Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne, I bet the studio is watching carefully over Synder’s re-creation of the world’s favourite super hero. Time will tell of course, but Cavill’s wayward rise to fame may be just what makes it enduring. And his career… At twenty-nine, it is difficult to see his career as possibly in a position to be over.

 

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