SAN DIEGO — Plenty of fans were surprised when news broke that the release date for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” was pushed back six months to June 14, 2013 — but none more so than the would-be superhero himself, Henry Cavill.
“They broke it to me gently,” he told MTV News on Saturday (July 23) at San Diego Comic-Con. “I was just told the other day. It’s OK, it’s nothing to do with me. That’s stuff which I have no control over. I just focus on the character and do my job.”
Speaking of stepping into the shoes of the iconic superhero — or tights, rather — Cavill said he’s “prepared enough” but anxious to start production. “I’m really raring to go,” he said. “It’s exciting, humbling, and about time to get started.”
Of course, Cavill couldn’t divulge many details about the upcoming shoot or what his fellow cast members may or may not be doing in the film, but he did provide a delightful anecdote about his first meeting with co-star Russell Crowe (who is playing his father, Jor-El).
Cavill recounted one of the very early days in his acting career when he worked as an extra in a film Crowe was shooting at his school. “I walked up to Russell, shook his hand, and said ’I’m thinking of becoming an actor. What advice do you have?’ He said to me … No, I won’t say what he said,” Cavil said with a smile, indicating that his response might have included a swear word or two.
“Two days later, I received an Aussie rugby jersey, a [CD] and a signed picture from ’Gladiator’ [with a note that read] ’Dear Henry, A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, Russell.’ Cut to 11 years later, at what is the high point of my career, and here we are.”
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