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People think Henry Cavill interview explains why he won’t be playing The Witcher or Superman anymore
Featured Image Credit: Collider

People think Henry Cavill interview explains why he won’t be playing The Witcher or Superman anymore

Henry is something of a perfectionist.

A resurfaced interview with Henry Cavill has fans convinced that they know why the actor left The Witcher.

Cavill played Geralt of Rivia for three seasons of the hit Netflix series before announcing in October that he would be saying goodbye to the dream role.

Although the actor hasn't explicitly gone into detail about why he's leaving the show, fans are convinced they've figured it out thanks to this interview.

For those who weren't already in the know, Henry is a HUGE fan of The Witcher and has been for years.

He's so obsessed with it that, as soon as he heard rumours that a series might be getting made, he plagued showrunners until they agreed to consider him for the part.

But this sort of dedication has its downfalls, too, and Henry will be the first to admit that he was a little bit over-protective of the material.

In an interview with Collider, Henry explained how it was a lot easier to relax while playing the role of Sherlock Holmes in Enola Holmes than it was the play roles like Superman and Geralt of Rivia, because he was extremely picky about how his favourite characters from childhood were portrayed.

"Whether it be Superman, whether it be The Witcher, whether it be Sherlock Holmes, I'm not feeling the external pressure," he said.

"It's more about me - certainly when it comes to Superman and The Witcher, those are characters I grew up with and I love.

"And I really want to represent in the most source-accurate way possible.

"That, for me, was a massive thing, and still is a massive thing."

Henry Cavill has played Geralt of Rivia for three seasons.

He continued: "I wasn't reading the books of Sherlock Holmes, necessarily, and so, I managed to absolve myself of this duty which I put on myself, which is being a law loyalist and it's always about the details.

"I'm the most annoying guy on set because I'm saying, 'Erm, excuse me, you do realise that this should be happening' and 'they wouldn't do that' and 'you haven't read this, then that means this would be impossible.'

"And everyone's just going, 'Henry, just shut up and do the thing'. And I'm like, 'I don't want to do the thing! Because he wouldn't do it this way!'"

Now, when you take into account that other hardcore fans of The Witcher have noticed that the TV adaption is not totally faithful to the books, you might see where Henry would run into a problem.

Henry has spoken in multiple interviews about how dedicated he was to the original books by Andrzej Sapkowski, while writers on the series reportedly weren't as keen.

Former series writer Beau DeMayo claimed in an Instagram Q&A session, as reported by The Direct, that some of the writers on the series did not even like the source material.

Henry Cavill is set to be replaced by Liam Hemsworth in The Witcher, much to the disappointment of fans.

"I've been on shows - namely Witcher - where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material)," he revealed.

It was announced shortly after Henry's departure from the show that Liam Hemsworth would take over the role.

"As a Witcher fan I’m over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia," wrote Hemsworth in an Instagram post.

"Henry Cavill has been an incredible Geralt, and I’m honoured that he’s handing me the reins and allowing me to take up the White Wolf’s blades for the next chapter of his adventure.

“Henry, I’ve been a fan of yours for years and was inspired by what you brought to this beloved character. I may have some big boots to fill, but I’m truly excited to be stepping into The Witcher world.”

Topics: Henry Cavill, The Witcher, Celebrity, Film and TV