5 Things to Know About Henry Cavill (the New 'Man of Steel')

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Henry Cavill is the newest Superman in this summer's 'Man of Steel' and here are some super fun facts about him and his crazy career. It's no secret that 30-year-old British actor Henry Cavill is the newest Superman in this summer's blockbuster Man of Steel. You may even recognize him from films like The Count of Monte Cristo and the Showtime series The Tudors, but here are a few things that you might not know about the newest super-man.

5. Henry is "The Most Unlucky Man in Hollywood"
Henry was always destined to be a leading man, but back in 2005 Empire Magazine called him "the most unlucky man in Hollywood." The British magazine gave him this label because of his many chances to almost play marquee-type leading roles. Henry was Stephenie Meyer's first choice to play heartthrob and bloodsucker Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. But by the time the series was set to film, he was dropped because he was too old to play a 17-year-old. Henry was also a strong contender for the role of James Bond in Casino Royale. He completed a final screen test for the film, but in this case producers believed he was too young for the role, which went to Daniel Craig. Although Brandon Routh won the role a few years ago as Superman in Superman Returns, Henry auditioned and was heavily considered for what would have been his breakout role.

4. Henry is Continuing the British Invasion
Henry is the first non-American actor to play Superman. He is continuing the trend of British actors playing classic American superheroes. He now is the third British actor to play the lead role in the reboot of an American comic film, following in the footsteps of Christian Bale as Batman and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

3. Henry Loves Comics
Other than loving video games, Henry is a huge comic book fan. Apparently, he did not get to enjoy comics as a boy because he attended boarding school in England. He has said in the past that his favorite Superman stories were "Death Of Superman," "Return Of Superman," "Superman: Red Son" and "Earth-One." He has also mentioned he enjoyed by Superman's "New Krypton" by Geoff Johns.

2. What Henry Did to Land the Role of the Man of Steel
This week Henry told Good Morning America that he had to undergo a "laugh test" in the audition process for Man of Steel. To pass this test, a group of people had to not laugh at him and take him seriously while he was wearing Christopher Reeve's original Superman's cape. Henry explained, "it was mortifying." Check out the video:

1. How Henry Got Ready for the Man of Steel
To chisel himself into the Man of Steel's physique, Henry followed a strict workout regimen and consumed 5000 calories a day for six months. He had a commemorative Superman coin made as a token of appreciation for his trainers at Gym Jones, who got him physically ready for the role. To complete the Superman look, he dyed his hair black.

Man of Steel opens this Friday, June 14.


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