Henry Cavill has revealed how he suffered from nerves before putting on the Superman outfit.
The Tudors actor won the highly coveted role in Superman: Man Of Steel after impressing director Zack Snyder by donning a replica of Christopher Reeve’s costume for the screen test.
“All I could think was: Oh, God – they’re going to look at me and go, ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance’. The actor inside me was going: You’re not ready! You’re not ready!” he told Entertainment Weekly.
But that wasn’t the case. “He walked out, and no one laughed,” recalled Zack.
“Other actors put that suit on, and it’s a joke, even if they’re great actors. Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go ‘Wow. Okay: This was Superman.'”
Luckily for Henry, he had just finished shooting The Cold Light Of Day with Bruce Willis, which required him to shed the abs of steel and muscle that he gained for Tarsem Singh’s fantasy adventure Immortals.