During his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno earlier this week, “Immortals” and “Man of Steel” star Henry Cavill teased that his entry into professional acting began when he encountered Russell Crowe as an extra on the set of “Proof of Life.” It was a brief meeting that inspired Cavill to continue with his craft, eventually leading the man down the road that would take him to Smallville.
“I took his hand and said, ‘Hi, Mr. Crowe. My name is Henry, and I’m thinking of becoming an actor. What’s it like?’ And we talked just a bit,” Cavill elaborated in a new interview with Hero Complex. “A few days later I got a signed picture of him in ‘Gladiator’ that said, ‘Dear Henry, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ You can imagine how I felt when I got to the end of that first journey of a thousand miles and I’m working with Russell Crowe.”
Indeed — today, Cavill is the world’s brand new Superman, and Crowe plays his father, Kryptonian hero Jor-El. It must be surreal for Cavill to be at this fantastically advanced stage of his career only a handful of years following his meeting with Crowe, especially considering that the man even has his own action figures coming down the line in the not so distant future.
“I met the guy who is making the action figures the other day, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience, but I was absolutely stunned by the whole experience, too,” said the actor. “I was shaking hands with a guy who is making a toy out of me. I don’t think there’s any shame in being really excited about it. It’s mega-weird, but as long as you don’t get too wrapped up in it, it’s great. And you know, I don’t want it to end.”
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