Henry Cavill Says Kryptonite Can’t Beat Superman, Only Superman Can Beat Superman

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Henry Cavill who’s doing press for his latest film The Man from U.N.C.L.E, was recently interviewed by The Guardian, where he spoke on his character of Superman when it comes to playing the character, how he see the character when it comes to his weaknesses, his storytelling and how he feels about people who approach him as the character in public.

“It’s a wonderful role. There’s a huge potential there for complex storytelling, and I’m looking forward to exploring those avenues. Come on, it’s Superman! You can’t be pissed off at the idea of playing Superman for the rest of your life.” He mimics a grumpypants actor: “‘Oh sorry, I’m just the grandaddy of all superheroes. It’s such a pain.’”

“He’s a complex dude,” he agrees. “People think Kryptonite can beat him. No. The only thing that can really beat Superman is Superman. His own noggin messing with him. His own moral choices. When you have that to start with, the storytelling can really delve into something rich.” He stops for a moment, then heads off in a surprising direction. “It’s like shagging someone for the first time. Sometimes it turns out to be amazing. Mostly you’re trying to get each other’s rhythm going. It’s on the next go that you start to expand.” Playing Superman repeatedly will make possible such an expansion. “That’s why I do it. That and the money.”

Earlier on, he had argued that there wasn’t a downside to playing the character. It didn’t affect whether or not he would be seen getting hammered in public, he said. “‘Don’t make a dick out of yourself’ is a good rule, whoever you are. Besides, it’s a character. If someone comes up and asks if I’m Superman, I say, ‘Sometimes. Not today, though, because I’ve got a pint in my hand. Also, I’m British.’” And it wouldn’t harm his career if he were photographed going to see a Marvel film. “I love the Marvel movies. I just happen to like mine more.”

To read the full interview head over to The Guardian.com.

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