Henry Cavill, who now collects iconic roles both in Hollywood and on television, recently spoke about a catastrophic audition in the presence of Patrick Stewart, one of the biggest names in cinema.
In conversation with Variety, the Superman and The Witcher actor recalled a moment from the beginning of his career that gave him the strength to continue, and is still a source of inspiration for him today. That moment was spent in an audition for The Lion in the Winter, where Stewart was present.
“We met many years ago, I think it was in 2003. You were recruiting for The Lion in the Winter and have been an actor for three years,” revealed Cavill. “I was extremely nervous about auditioning in front of an actor of your caliber. I spent weeks decorating my lines. When I got there, I blocked it completely.”
“I didn’t remember my text and I forgot how to act. Then I went out with my tail between my legs and called my agent. You were very kind and said, ‘Thank you very much.'”
After calling his agent, who told him that opportunities were not missing, Cavill felt he shouldn’t give up and found a way to audition again.
“I did another audition and it went much better. It wasn’t enough to keep the job, but it was much better. You were kind again and you said to me, ‘I’m glad you came back.’ Those words have given me immense strength throughout my career and I have never forgotten them. “
From that moment, Cavill gained his space in Hollywood and participated in several important films, such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Awakening of Justice and Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
The actor recently spoke about his desire to play Clark Kent, better known as Superman, for many years and about the added responsibility of wearing this cloak.
Pedro Ferreira is a content producer at IGN Portugal. You can follow him on Twitter