Henry Cavill was allegedly “really annoying” when it came to auditioning for the role of Geralt in Netflix’s hit show The Witcher.
This comes after he announced his departure from the show last year.
Whether it’s renewing its much-loved shows or treating us to all-new original spectacles, Netflix is knocking it out of the park when it comes to its slate of content.
The streaming giant’s series, The Witcher, has been attracting a lot of attention from fantasy fans since it first hit the screens.
Many initially compared the show to the likes of Game of Thrones, but The Witcher proved to be a huge frontrunner in the genre, and it’s not hard to see why.
Complete with humans, elves, witches, gnomes, and monsters, Netflix’s fantasy offering truly is a visual spectacle.
The show primarily centers on the protagonist Geralt of Rivia, which up until recently, was played by Henry Cavill.
He’s a monster hunter known as — you guessed it — a Witcher who travels the countryside slaying various spine-chilling beasts, and just like Game of Thrones, The Witcher is also based on a bestselling novella, although there are some differences in Netflix’s adaption that slightly stray from the books.
Unbelievably, the show has already enjoyed 3 seasons. The medieval extravaganza has already been lavished with praise by critics who had the chance to view the show early before its global debut.
The captivating performance from the series’ leading star, Henry Cavill, also caught the eye of fans, after all, executing those massive fight scenes in that huge amour costume was physically challenging.
“Hair and makeup stuff has become an essential component of becoming the character in the morning,” Cavill previously confessed to Polygon. “One, because it takes so damn long, and two, it’s such a particular look. I wanted to make sure Geralt looked like a witcher who was a bada** and still remained raw.”
The star also went to extreme lengths during filming. Lauren Schmidt, The Witcher‘s producer, explained: “He wanted, for instance, for the armor to look like it had been worn for years and years. So, he made breakfast in it and he would sleep in it.”
“We were like ‘you don’t have to do that by the way’, but he’s that invested in embodying his character.
“It was important to him. It’s one of the reasons why Henry is such an important member of our team.”
However, not everyone has the same feelings when it comes to working with the star.
The Witcher showrunner admitted that the star was actually “really annoying.”
Cavill allegedly contacted his agency as soon as he learned that The Witcher series was in the pipeline to meet up with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.
He was so eager, that he continuously bombarded her with messages about auditioning for Geralt, even before the script had been written.
“He was really annoying,” she shared, adding that she told him: “I will meet with you. The show is not green-lit. There is nothing. Thank you. Now I have to go write the show.”
Cavill also confessed he was quite pushy: “It was something I wasn’t going to let pass me by without giving it my best shot,” Cavill told Vulture. “I annoyed my agents all the time. They said, ‘They’re not ready.’”
But after auditioning 206 potential actors, Hissrich realized Cavill was the perfect guy for the role.