Superman Star Henry Cavill Was Told He Wasn’t Lean Enough to Play James Bond

Henry Cavill, the actor who plays “Superman,” told Insider that he was a “chubby kid” who was too insecure about taking his shirt off. When he was about 21, he received a comment conveyed from a perspective of “mentorship and guidance” rather than body-shaming.

“It was his tough love way of saying, ‘Look, mate; you’re in a Bond screen test. Next time you come to a screen test, really focus hard on making sure you lean up if it’s for something like Bond.’ And I wasn’t by any means chubby, but I was probably overweight for taking my shirt off on camera,” Cavill, 38, said.

The remark was made “good-naturedly,” he explained, as advice to a young man at the start of his career.

Cavill attributes his fitness inspiration to his childhood experience as a “chubby” child.

“I’ve always been fairly insecure about taking my shirt off,” he said. “Being in really good shape and thinking it’s OK to take my shirt off because I’m actually looking pretty decent right now, that makes it 100% worth it,” he added.

Keeping fit and exercising hard instills confidence in him. He admits that there is pressure in the profession to stay fit, but a lot of that push comes from within.

“I do want to do well, I want to be fit, and I want to also play these roles correctly,” he said. “If I’m going to play roles like Superman and Geralt of Rivia, I need to be in pretty good nick. It takes hours in the gym.”

According to Insider, the “Witcher” actor follows a high-protein diet and works out often to stay in shape.

While Cavill stated that he has always enjoyed “being physical,” he admits that he is not always eager to wake up at the crack of dawn to work out or to head to the gym following a hard day.

“Having said that, the reality is it does feel good when you’re doing it, and it’s working, and yes, it’s necessary for work,” he said.

Cavill stated that he wishes he had more time to exercise and that he is occasionally so “knackered” that before hitting the gym, he takes two scoops of MuscleTech Shatter pre-workout supplement.

“It’s a bit rough, but the rewards do feel good,” he said.