Before his run as Man of Steel, Geralt of Rivia and Sherlock, Henry Cavill was once dubbed the ‘unlucky’
Actor Henry Cavill is the Witcher, Sherlock Holmes and Superman but he is also dubbed the unluckiest man in the Hollywood. It is hard to believe with so many iconic roles under his belt including a role in Tom Cruises’ Mission Impossible franchise – Henry Cavill once lost on many awe-inspiring roles.
Cavill’s Hollywood Career
Henry Cavill started his career in 2001 Laguna and Kevin Reynolds’ adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). Currently, he is shooting for Netflix’s The Witcher season 2. In the Witcher Cavill plays titular role of Geralt of Rivia. He is a fan favourite and took up the role as he is an avid player of The Witcher game.
Henry Cavill is set to appear next as Superman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max. In May when Zack Snyder did a watch party of 2013’s Man of Steel Cavill joined him in. It was after this watch party that Snyder affirmed his mythical Snyder Cut is indeed coming on WB’s streaming platform. While Cavill did not appear to do the additional photography of JL, Snyder has confirmed his original vision for Superman’s character arch will indeed translate in the four-part series. However future of his Superman stint is still in limbo and fans feel that it depends a lot on the success of the Snyder Cut.
Furthermore, Cavill was last seen in Netflix’s Enola Holmes series. He starred along Stranger Things fame Millie Bobby Brown and actor Sam Calfin. Even after quarantine induced streaming release the movie received positive reviews all over. Henry famously played Sherlock Holmes competing with the likes of marvel stars Robert Downey Jr and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Watch: Henry Cavill on Enola Holmes and Getting His Muscles Into a Three-Piece Suit
Cavill’s interpretation of Holmes is in stark contrast with his fellow actors. His is a light-hearted, unnecessarily emotional (!) iteration of Sherlock Holmes. Nonetheless, the fans loved him and let’s not even get started how internet thirsted over his Sherlock curls. The movie even opened up a vast plotline to give Henry his own standalone Sherlock Holmes movie.
But all was not shiny and bright Cavill’s career always. Henry Cavill was once dubbed the ‘Unluckiest Man in Hollywood’ by Empire magazine.
Henry Cavill’s streak of Bad Luck
Back in 2005, Cavill lost some major roles that made the magazine dub him unlucky! These roles were not small ones either. Snyder’s Man of steel proposition wasn’t the first Superman role that was offered to Cavill. He was initially cast for JJ Abrams’ Superman Returns. Henry narrowly lost out on the role in wake of Abrams leaving the project and Bryan Singer coming in. The movie was long in line to resurrect Superman franchise. In retrospect it was better that Cavill wasn’t cast in the role.
Next some diehard fans petitioned for Henry Cavill to play Cedric Diggory in WB’s Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire. However the role went to Batman star Robert Pattinson. This won’t be the last time that Cavill will miss out a role to Pattinson either.
Cavill was nearly cast as teen vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. He was author Stephanie Meyer’s first choice to play the character. In an interview to MTV, she said, The only actor I’ve ever seen who I think could come close to pulling off Edward Cullen is Henry Cavill.” However, he was dubbed too old to play a 17-year-old. And that role too went to Robert Pattinson who shot to overnight international fame as the first film hit the screens.
Then in 2005, age hindered Henry Cavill again. This time he lost out the role of the iconic British spy, James Bond 007 to Daniel Craig. Craig’s last appearance as James Bond No Time To Die is yet to debut on the big screen. However, Cavill has again shown interest in playing the iconic role whenever the studio recasts. There are plenty of rumours but no confirmations.
In retrospect Cavill’s ‘unlucky streak has proven to be his good luck. Without losing out on some these roles his body of work wouldn’t have been so impressive. How would you feel about a Superman who is also 007 as well as a blood sucking teenage vampire and a wizard?