Henry Cavill reveals how his Mission Impossible co-star immensely inspired him and his character Geralt in Netflix’s The Witcher.
We all know Netflix’s new sensational show The Witcher, which stars Henry Cavill, is based on the novel by Andrzej Sapkowski, but do you know that the character of Geralt drew some inspiration from Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible as well? It does sound unbelievable, but it is in fact very realistic.
Henry Cavill recently revealed in a virtual chat that his Mission Impossible: Fallout co-star Tom Cruise has contributed immensely to the basics of him playing Geralt in The Witcher. As per him, it has made the character of Geralt more realistic and impactful.
- Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible helped me in The Witcher – Reveals Henry Cavill.
- “Working with Tom Cruise really helped” – said Henry Cavill.
- Fight Scenes were the highlights of The Witcher in Season 1.
Tom Cruise and Mission Impossible helped me in The Witcher – Reveals Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill starred alongside Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Fallout, and he even threw some punches on that pretty face of Cruise.
We all know how much Tom Cruise loves doing his own stunts. One of the main reasons behind the success of the Mission Impossible franchise is the mind-blowing stunts, and Tom Cruise performing all of them by himself as Ethan Hunt. In MI7, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise flew a Helicopter through the Himalayan ranges of India (filmed in New Zealand), and crashed it in the snowy rocks, all by himself – ‘in real’.
How can someone not be inspired by him? The same happened with Henry Cavill, as he took inspiration from Tom Cruise and MI to do his own stunts in Netflix’s The Witcher.
“Working with Tom Cruise really helped” – said Henry Cavill.
Henry Cavill revealed that he himself did all of his stunts in The Witcher as Geralt of Rivia and that working with Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible helped him a lot in doing so.
When asked on virtual chat by Patrick Steward for Variety’s Actors on Actors, Henry Cavill said:
“For me, when it comes to stunts, I’ve always enjoyed doing the physical stuff. Working with Tom Cruise really helped — or maybe, in the eyes of the producers, made worse my enjoyment for stunts. I really want to do them now, and I think it’s an essential piece to the character.
“If an audience is watching Geralt on-screen, they must believe that it is me. If it’s not me, I feel like I’ve betrayed the character in some way, and so I try and do as much as a production will let me.”
Fight Scenes were the highlights of The Witcher in Season 1.
Henry Cavill’s efforts to bring the stunts in The Witcher as true to life as possible has really worked in the favor of the show. What Henry Cavill absorbed while working with Tom Cruise in MI 7 has helped him in bringing his own version of Geralt in The Witcher.
Even after the first season of Netflix’s The Witcher received mixed reviews, the fight scenes in the season were considered to be some of the best. Physicality and fighting skills are one of the main traits of the character of Geralt and seem like Cavill really understood the character very well and brought to it what was immensely needed.
Netflix recently announced that the filming for The Witcher season 2 will resume from August after a long halt due to the Pandemic. Season 2 will see many new characters and stars joining the show, while Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, and many more stars from Season 1 will continue their journey.