Henry Cavill has been associated with numerous larger-than-life projects. From being Stephenie Meyer’s ideal Edward Cullen in Twilight to almost being cast as James Bond in Casino Royale, there have been many. While these were projects that got away, Cavill later got his fair share of big projects, the most iconic of them being Superman in the DCEU and the Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. And with any big project comes a large fandom with its extended universe of toxic fans.
Given that he starred in projects that already had a huge fanbase with each individual having a unique perception of the characters, he had to deal with a lot of negativity. DC fans had their swords up when he stepped out wearing his red cloak and so did The Witcher fans. Both the fandoms soon sat down after being blown away by his performances.
Despite being at the receiving end of negativity, Cavill maintained dignity and class, which is very rare to come across. And his 2020 interview with Jake’s Takes during The Witcher is proof of this fact.
Henry Cavill does not believe in “toxic fandoms”
In 2020, when The Witcher was just about premiere fans, despite not being aware of the nitty-gritty, were already dissatisfied with the project. It is only normal to be frustrated at people discrediting your hard work without even watching it. But Cavill was a saint when he was asked in an interview if the harsh way in which the Geralt is treated despite meaning to do good is also relevant to how there is a “toxic fandom” unnecessarily hating whenever there is a remake.
Instead of brushing it away and calling it a ‘side effect of fame’ in trademark movie star fashion, Cavill said “it’s a fan’s right to have whatever opinion they want to have.” The Man of Steel further said, “I don’t consider that toxic, I consider it passionate.”
Cavill’s understanding of what fans wanted actually led to the “toxic fandom” quieting down and giving him a chance. Additionally, a part of the reason behind the actor actually understanding the sentiments is because he is a huge gamer himself.
So the project is as important to him as it is to many fans. Cavill plays his characters with compassion and beauty. There is a reason why fans begged to have Cavill back as Superman despite the hurdles and there is a reason why The Witcher will never be the same after he left it.
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