Henry Cavill probably has the most famous moustache since Tom Selleck played Magnum PI. Not that having a moustache is anything special in itself, but Cavill famously had to have his facial hair digitally removed for Justice League reshoots, most of which revolved around his character of Superman. Cavill had grown the moustache for filming Mission: Impossible – Fallout and then was asked to come back for reshoots for Justice League. The result was a weird looking CGI version of Cavill’s face, which, well it was just horrible wasn’t it?
We have heard conflicting reports about what caused this situation, some saying Paramount offered to have Cavill shave and WB decided to go with CGI and others that Paramount would not allow Cavill to shave. So what exactly did happen in moustache gate? Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie recently spoke to Empire Online and cleared it up for us, here is what he said.
“When the question came – the reshoots for Justice League came out – Charles Roven called me, and he said, ‘We need your help and we need to shave Henry Cavill’s moustache. We need him to come back and we need to do these reshoots.’ And I said, ‘Look, Chuck, naturally I want to do everything I can to help you, but I also have to think about our production. Let me talk to everybody and figure out what the scheduling would be.’ And I went and spoke to Jake Myers, and the suggestion was made through channels that we shave the moustache and Henry could begin to grow the moustache back and that then there would be – they would give us the resources to digitally fill in Henry’s moustache. Because like it or not, a fake moustache in close-up on a 75mm lens is never going to look like anything but a fake moustache. So, we offered the following compromise: Jake Myers calculated the amount of money that it would take to replace the number of shots, and essentially what Jake was able to project was about a $3 million visual effects budget. So, I don’t know how much Henry was in Justice League, I’ve never seen the movie, but I can tell you how much it would’ve cost for Mission: Impossible to digitally add Henry Cavill’s moustache, and we said yes. We said, here’s what we’ll do: give us the $3 million and we’ll shut down, and that will give Henry Cavill the time to grow his moustache back, and we’ll just shut our movie down. …We said we’ll do this, at which point, somebody from Paramount Pictures said, ‘What is going on? What are you people even talking about?’ They’re like, ‘There’s no way we’re going to do that.’ We were just like, ‘Okay.’ That was the best plan that we could come up with.”
So there you have it, whilst the artists themselves were willing to help out their colleagues at a rival studio, the studio itself was not having it at all. Who can blame them really, Justice League was not their responsibility and Cavill never expected to have to be filming so many reshoots. The fault lies clearly with WB and their decision making skills regarding Justice League. Though I still think a fake moustache would have looked better than the weird CGI Superman did.
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SOURCE: Empire Online