The Witcher: Working With Tom Cruise Helped Henry Cavill Decide To Do His Own Stunts

Cavill tosses coin to a Witcher

Why did Henry Cavill decide to do his own stunts?

I never actually expected Henry Cavill to do his own stunts. Yes, the dude was big and buff, but in the world of Hollywood, there are few people willing to go that extra mile. Not only is a strain on their own bodies and longevity, but getting hurt could put an undue strain on production. As a lead on so many big-budget projects, Cavill seemed like quite the risky prospect to do his own stunts — especially on a series like The Witcher. 

And yet, at last year’s Comic-Con, that’s exactly what Henry Cavill revealed. He would be doing virtually all of his stunts in the project, and that includes the sword-fighting scenes, which obviously play a big role. So, what was it that made Cavill think that was a good idea. Well, it was no coincidence that Cavill had worked with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

“For me, when it comes to stunts, I’ve always enjoyed doing the physical stuff,” Cavill said. “Working with Tom Cruise [on Mission: Impossible – Fallout] really helped — or maybe, in the eyes of the producers, made worse my enjoyment for stunts. I really want to do them now, and I think it’s an essential piece to the character. If an audience is watching Geralt on-screen, they must believe that it is me. If it’s not me, I feel like I’ve betrayed the character in some way, and so I try and do as much as a production will let me.”

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So, on one hand, this is kind of awesome. It’s always great to see an actor with great dedication to the role. He wants to make sure that every time we see Geralt on the big screen that it’s actually him. On the other hand, does that put an undue stress on those up top? There’s always the potential for an actor to get hurt, but studios aren’t exactly lining up to set themselves up for failure. And if Cavill were to hurt himself, there’s no doubt a lot of workers would pay the price.

But, sometimes that’s just the cost of doing things. It’s both admirable and selfish at the same time, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was kind of cool. How do you feel about the whole thing? Do you think Cavill learned a great skill from Cruise? Sound off in the comments down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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