The Witcher: Those Grunts Came From Henry Cavill Not From The Script

Henry Cavill is The Highlander

The Witcher is surely a big hit right? I know we have no box office numbers to compare, but we can see the influence this show has had on pop culture immediately. Witcher chat rooms I used to frequent are now bursting with new users. Reddit is filled with Witcher memes till the cows come home. The one that seems to catch the most is Henry Cavill’s grunting. If we exclude the earworm that is ‘Toss a Coin’ anyway.

If you didn’t know by now, The Witcher is based on the books by author Andrzej Sapkowski, not the popular video games by CDPR. However, Henry Cavill was a fan of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, long before he was ever linked with playing Geralt. It seems Cavill understood how iconic the portrayal of Geralt was in that game. Thus Cavill took to adding those game mannerisms into his own character. Cavill recently spoke with BBC Radio, confirming that those now-classic taciturn grunts were something he added that were not in the script.

“Actually, I think, none of the grunts were in there. All the grunts, I either added or didn’t say anything and just grunted instead. And it was often up to the other actors to go, ‘I think he’s not going to say anything now.’ And so, I think the grunts were often a surprise for anyone who was watching.”

Cavill also revealed that he was well aware of how important that bathtub scene (pictured above) was going to be for fans. This resembles an iconic opening scene from the same video game Cavill played and mentioned above.

“I don’t know how many people realized how iconic it was, that there was already a visual attached. And so, when I was getting into that bath, I was sitting there thinking, ‘I wonder if anyone knows how much this is going to explode, this particular scene.’ I was trying to put my feet up, and I couldn’t; the bath was the wrong shape. But I thought that might have been a bit much as well.”

I was really worried when they cast Cavill as Geralt, I said so on here many times. For me Cavill who I associated with Superman was just too buff and clean cut for Geralt. However, by the time the first season ended I was sold on him. Cavill just gets the character, and the video game influence on his version makes it work as both unique, and excellent fan service. Season 2 cannot come quick enough for this fan.

RELATED: Looks Like The Witcher Animated Film WON’T Star Geralt

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Campbell Clark

Cam is Senior Editor at LRM Online, and has a passion for all things geeky, including sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book movies.

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