Even though Henry Cavill’s bagged the role of Clark Kent which demanded physical features like a chiselled jaw, brunette hair, and wide, muscular shoulders as depicted in the original DC comics book but Cavill hasn’t always been this fit. In the movie “Man of Steel” he plays the superhero who resurrects the American dream, fights for justice, has a conviction for truth.
No matter how much of an American icon is Superman but it is not the same in case of Man of Steel. Cavill is the first non-American actor (British) to have secured this coveted role in what is considered to be the DC Comics’ most famous superhero. As movie premieres in theaters today the 30-year-old Cavill remains a somewhat unknown actor to the mainstream movie audience. His journey in becoming Hollywood’s superhero is going to turn the tide in his favour transforming him into a household name.
Cavill is the second youngest sibling out of five boys and attended school in England as a child, where he also got an opportunity to find his interest in plays like Grease and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. However his adolescent days were far from idyllic as he wasn’t the same Cavill with his six-pack of steel as he’s got today and instead was nicknamed “Fat Cavill” by his classmates, and bullied to the point of breaking down tears. “I was fat,” he told Details magazine and “became an easy target.”
However it was during this same age that Cavill had run-in with his would be co-star and idol, Russel Crowe by chance. “He was filming Proof of Life and it was in between setups and Russell was standing there with this big semi-circle of people just staring at him,” Cavill told Details in an interview last month. He further told that he approached Crowe and asked him some questions related to acting. Later on, Cavill received a package from Crowe that comprised of a rugby jersey, a CD from Crowe’s band at the time, some Australian snacks, and a special signed note that said, “Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” When both the actors reunited as co-stars in the Man of Steel, Cavill told Crowe of their bumping into each other earlier saying “I was the fat one who didn’t ask for your autograph.”