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The Unluckiest Man in Hollywood: What You Don't Know About Superman Henry Cavill

Jun. 14th, 2013 | Comments 0 | Make a Comment   
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30-year-old actor Henry Cavill is going to be seeing a rise in popularity due to his role as Superman in the upcoming Zach Snyder film Man of Steel (which is being released June 14). Though the actor popped up on radars after his work in the Showtime series The Tudors, in which he played Charles Brandon (1st Duke of Suffolk), there's nothing quite like a big-budget action film that demands skin-tight clothing and intense brooding to make a man everyone's new crush.
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Cavill is fantastic in Man of Steel and will stand out among the crowd as the major redeeming factor in an otherwise befuddled film. As exciting as the flick looks, there are some serious misses — the biggest being that the film is nonstop action which instead of being exciting, works to suck out any sort of human interest. The plot-heavy film leaves little time for bonds, leaving the characters lost in a flurry of fight scenes. So basically, this is a Zach Snyder film and you get what you pay for. That said, Cavill was a great choice and had the film been orchestrated differently around him, he would have gotten to show the Superman that gave us hope as kids. Whether or not the critics lampoon the film, Cavill won't be brought down and will definitely carry on to do even bigger and better things.

To take you into the weekend, here are some interesting facts about Henry Cavill you may not have already known!
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Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on May 5,1983 on the island of Jersey, a British Crown Republic in the Channel Islands that is off the coast of Normandy, France. He is the fourth out of four boys.

He went to St. Michael's Preparatory School in Saint Saviour before attending Stowe School (a boarding school in Buckinghamshire, England). While he enjoyed comics as a kid, he wasn't allowed to read them growing up because of his time at boarding school.
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The 6"1' actor is fluent in French and knows conversational German and Italian.

He has been dating Gina Carano (actress and former mixed martial arts artist) since September 2012.
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If he hadn't become an actor, Cavill has said he would have joined the army or have gone to university to study Egyptology.

Cavill is rumored to have replaced Tom Cruise in the upcoming Guy Ritchie film The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which costars Armie Hammer and is a remake of the 1960's television show of the same name.
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He was Stephanie Meyers' first choice to play Edward Cullen in Twilight, but by the time the film was produced Cavill was considered too old to play a 17-year-old-looking vampire. Cavill was also up for the role of James Bond in 2005 and while he screen tested for it, producers deemed him too young and gave the role to Daniel Craig. In 2006 he was considered for the Clark Kent/Superman role for Superman Returns but lost the part to Brandon Routh. Oh yeah, he also lost out on playing Batman to Christian Bale.
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Due to his extreme bad luck nabbing breakout roles, in December 2005 Empire Magazine called him "the most unlucky man in Hollywood."

In auditioning for Man of Steel, he had to pass a "laugh test" where he had to be taken seriously while wearing Christopher Reeve's original 1978 Superman cape.
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He's the first non-American actor to be cast as Superman and the third British actor to nab the lead character in an American comic film — the other two being Christian Bale as Batman and Andrew Garfield as Spiderman.
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To prepare himself for the role of Superman, Cavill dyed his hair black and adhered to a strict workout plan. He also took in 5,000 calories a day for six months. He gave his trainers a commemorative Superman coin (which he had made specially) as a token of gratitude for their help.
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