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Nov. 1, 2022

Henry Cavill On Returning As Superman, The Rock, Best Advice He's Ever Received

Henry Cavill On Returning As Superman, The Rock, Best Advice He's Ever Received

Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) is an actor known for playing Superman and for his roles in films and TV series like Enola Holmes, The Witcher, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He joins Chris Van Vliet to talk about returning as Superman in Black Adam and how much Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson helped to make that happen, his American Akita dog named Kal, playing Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes 2 on Netflix, having to prove himself in Hollywood, the best advice he has ever received and more!


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On The Rock getting Henry Cavill to return as Superman:

“Look, it's always tough to say after the fact. There have been so many voices that have gone into this. Whether it’s Danny Garcia working endlessly and tirelessly to make this happen, or Hiram Garcia and indeed The Rock as well. But there are other voices too, the important thing is that I feel so fortunate that there are those people doing that, and also the opportunity to be back, look to the future and to do something exciting.”

How do you approach an iconic role like Sherlock Holmes or Superman, when fans have an idea in their head of how that character should be?

“Well this Sherlock Holmes has a very unique situation in that he exists in the Enola Holmes universe. None of the other Sherlock Holmes have that. Especially with Sherlock as a supporting character rather than a lead character, this is not a universe that revolves around him, he is a color to this universe. The decision for me was to collaborate with Harry [Bradbeer - director] and with Millie [Bobby Brown] and make sure that every decision I made, everything that I did, tied into their plans for Enola’s arc and for the story. That’s how I approached it. The important thing is recognizing that there is a difference and that Enola is that difference. That changes a lot.

There’s a big theme in Enola Holmes of Enola trying to prove herself to everybody. When was it in your career that you felt like you had to prove yourself?

“I feel like I have to prove myself every day. I don’t think there is any letting up of that, you are only as good as your last day of acting. You got to keep it up, there is no relaxing and you have to give it 100% every day. I don’t think there is any point where I am like ‘I don’t need to try anymore, I got this.’

Henry Cavill what is the best piece of advice that you have been given in your career?

“That’s a good question. I’m not too sure that I have the answer on the tip of my tongue. One of my best friends says love living, and that life is for living. I take that with me, work is enjoyable, but it can be tough and very consuming. For me it is important to have that balance. If you don’t have that balance and you can’t enjoy things, then you are doing it wrong. If after 22 years I am not enjoying it, then something is going wrong.”