Henry Cavill on type-casting and training: Superman (2012): The Man Of Steel
New Superman, Henry Cavill, spoke with AskMen.com on playing the Man of Steel in the new Zack Snyder directed reboot.
He was asked about meeting the physical requirements, stating he is going to train about 45 hours per week - which comes to just over 6 hours per day!
"I got cast very recently, and we’re just looking to get that started now. It’s all beginning as we speak. We’re probably looking at training about 45 hours a week initially to prepare until we start settling into prep time and scheduling for the film. Fortunately, I finished shooting Immortals [set for a November release]. That is full of intense action, so I had to train very hard for that as well. That should make the transition a little easier."
Wow! That's a ton of workout time. You gotta be a Superman just to handle two-per-day workouts at an hour each - let alone 6 hours! Probably safe to assume the training isn't all heavy lifting, but still...
In a previous interview, Cavill stated he is training to look a bit different than Immortals, which I'm guessing to be a more beefier-muscular look for Supes. I just wonder how "big" of a look they are going for? From the sound of things, most likely bigger than the previous versions. Hopefully, they don't overtrain Henry and turn him into some bloated muscular freak. If you remember Linda Hamilton from T2, it was said she overtrained for the role and looked a bit over the top. Obviously, different circumstances here, but you get the point.
Cavill also informs us that he is taking this role very seriously. We know that he is studying up by reading the comic books, as well.
"This is more than pop culture. It’s mythology. I take it very seriously and consider it an important responsibility to do this right. [Superman] is a bigger-than-life role, and I can’t imagine anything else that comes along is going to compare to it," said Cavill.
As Cavill states, the role of Superman is bigger than life; however, the actor says that he is not worried about being typecast.
"That said, professionally, there’s always a worry that you might get typecast. But that all depends on how well you choose the movies in between. You can’t live in fear of that. No matter what your profession is, you can spend your whole life worrying about what might happen or what could’ve happened," said Cavill.
Cavill also, once again, tells us that his version of Superman will be different and won't be relying on past actor's performances.
"I don’t prepare that way. You can unwittingly censor yourself or emulate someone else if you look at those past performances, as good as they are. The challenge is finding a way as a man to bring yourself to this role that’s more than a man. Superman is an icon," said Cavill.
Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on Superman develops.
Superman flies into theaters December 2012 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha "Ma" Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan "Pa" Kent and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
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Immortals is due out November 11th, 2011.