No, me neither. But to quell anyone’s doubts about his commitment to the roles he plays, The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has confirmed that our Henry went full method whilst filming the first season of the Netflix hit, with particular emphasis on Geralt’s trademark costume.
Talking to NME, Hissrich paid tribute to Cavill’s dedication to getting his incarnation of the White Wolf just right, revealing:
‘It’s not just a role to him. He wanted, for instance, for the armour to look like it had been worn for years and years. So he made breakfast in it and he would sleep in it.
‘We were like, “You don’t have to do that by the way,” but he’s that invested in embodying his character.’
Cavill may have taken note of the methods used by other actors when portraying similar roles. For example, whilst filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Viggo Mortensen famously walked around set wearing Aragorn’s sword at his waist when not filming so his handling of the blade looked more natural during takes.
Similarly, Johnny Depp created the character of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean by forcing himself to sit in a roasting sauna until the heat affected his mental state, mirroring the unstable nature of his swashbuckling antihero.
Now that the first season of The Witcher is out there for all to see, Cavill feels so comfortable with his interpretation of Geralt that he doesn’t feel the need to wear the costume at home anymore. But he does insist on keeping possession of the thing until the next season begins filming.
As careers go, Cavill has been incredibly fortunate to be able to play roles he has always dreamed of, even if he was bested by Daniel Craig to play James Bond in 2005 and lost out on the role of Superman until Zack Snyder found a way to cast him.
Due to his love of the video games, playing Geralt is something that Cavill has wanted to do for a while. By his own admission, he had his agents pester Netflix until the streaming service relented and offered him the role.
In an interview with Rich Eisen on his titular radio show in the States, Cavill said:
‘The [Witcher] games are super immersive and when I was playing it, I always thought it would make a good movie or TV show.
‘Then I heard that Netflix were making it and I had my agents on the phone every day – literally every day – and I would call them and say “Anything yet? Call them again.”
‘We got through eventually and they said “Look, we haven’t got a script yet and we’ve barely got a showrunner, so we can’t give you an answer”.
‘But they knew that I wanted it.’
When the producers finally got themselves together and offered him the role, Cavill took to Instagram immediately to spread his delight to adoring fans who had been fantasy-casting him for years.
Talking to Polygon about his affection for the character of Geralt, Cavill revealed his characterisation took a lot of inspiration from Andrzej Sapkowski’s award-winning books as well as the games, explaining:
‘I just feel an affiliation with the character. And that actually could be from just having lived in the fantasy genre for so long; a lot of these characters have similar links to one another, and that can often be through one’s own psyche or through writers borrowing off each other.
‘Geralt felt very familiar to me from the very beginning.’
Cavill’s performance has even won the approval of Sapkowski himself, calling him ‘a real professional’.
Need anyone say more?
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