Henry Cavill was told he was ‘chubby’ during James Bond audition by director
Henry Cavill is well known for donning a red cape and blue suit as Superman in DC’s cinematic universe, however, it turns out that the star once attempted to play another icon: James Bond. In a recent interview with Men’s Health, The Witcher star revealed that he tried out for the super spy but was told that he was “a little chubby.”
Cavill auditioned to be Bond in the mid-00s and had to re-enact one of Sean Connery’s Bond scenes dressed in nothing but a towel. Saying that he “probably could have prepared better,” Cavill revealed that Casino Royale’s director Martin Campbell made a comment about his body during the process.
Cavill said, “I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’ I didn’t know how to train or diet.”
He continued, “And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.”
Cavill wound up losing the role to Daniel Craig, who has played Bond for over a decade now and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming film No Time to Die. He also opened up about the pressure to lose weight and slim down for the film Immortals, in which he explained he had his “shirt off for most of the damn time” and required him to go on a “strict six-month diet” and “extensive martial arts training.”
He said, “It’s very emotionally taxing. When you add the lack of food and the pressure on top of that, it’s tough.”
It was just a drop in the bucket compared to his preparation for his Superman preparation, with the film’s schedule “coordinated around his shirtless scenes.” In fact, his Batman v Superman co-star Ben Affleck revealed that he “acted as Henry’s trainer” to help him tone up for the role.
“I wouldn’t say we ‘worked out’ so much as I acted as Henry’s trainer. I really had to help him increase muscle mass—before my coaching, he looked like Gumby,” Affleck said.
Cavill, who is set to star as Geralt in the upcoming series The Witcher, said, “I know what it feels like to go from out of shape to in shape and [afterward] I’ll look at myself like, ‘Man, well done.’ It’s not like I’m a golden god – I’m just proud of what I achieved.”
Other stars have previously opened up about pressure from Hollywood to lose weight, including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner who called it “f**ked up” in a 2017 interview with Porter.
Lawrence said at a 2017 Elle’s Women in Hollywood event that she had been told to “lose 15 pounds in two weeks” and that another actress on the same project was previously fired for “not losing the weight fast enough” according to People.
Lawrence continued to describe another situation, saying, “During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much thinner than me. We are stood side-by-side with only tape on covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating line-up, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet.”
Cavill will return to the screen in The Witcher, a series based on the popular book series and video game of the same name. It will drop on Netflix on December 20.