Henry Cavill On Playing Heroes Theseus & Superman: 'You Get To Win'
British actor Henry Cavill is already at work on the new Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” but he took a quick break on Saturday at Comic-Con in San Diego, showing off a new look as he promoted his upcoming Greek gods and heroes drama, “Immortals.”
“Your hair’s a little darker,” Access Hollywood pointed out, noticing his Clark Kent-looking black-haired sheen, when Henry hit the “Immortals” press line.
“It is, yeah. Can’t imagine why,” the actor said with a sly smile.
While he was under orders to keep “Superman” related news to a minimum, Henry said working on the 2013-due project, directed by Zack Snyder, has been a dream come true.
“It’s fantastic. That’s all I can…” Henry trailed off. “It’s one of the best scripts I’ve ever read.”
Henry confirmed filming has begun in Chicago.
“It’s going really well,” he noted.
“Are they putting you through the paces?” Access asked.
“Yeah,” he said, pausing for a moment. “No more than we can imagine anyone’s been put through their paces on any job.”
In fact, Henry may have had a harder time on the set of Relativity’s “Immortals,” where director Tarsem Singh cast him as a brawny and utterly ripped Theseus, battling the evil King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), with a little help from a younger Zeus (Luke Evans), priestess (and love interest) Phaedra (Freida Pinto), and slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff).
“Tarsem said after the first meeting, ‘I don’t want a six pack, I want an eight pack,’” Henry explained of his extremely muscular movie figure, photos of which recently surfaced. “That was the brief, so, I went for it.”
Henry admitted getting the Theseus body left him hungry on set, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take on this fictional story, created by Tarsem, who changed around some of the characters in Greek mythology.
“The idea of playing a sword-wielding hero has always attracted [me],” Henry said. “It’s a great idea.”
In “Immortals,” which opens November 11, Henry’s Theseus is a hero and, of course, Superman is a hero too, so what draws him to those types of characters?
“It’s just everything you dream of as a little boy to be that hero,” Henry explained. “I mean, I’m sure there’s some little boys that dream of being villains, but it’s fun to be the hero because you get to win! Yeah, just that! It’s escapism, it’s fun, it’s fantasy, it’s story telling.”
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