Henry Cavill is taking on the role of Napoleon Solo, but this is not the first iconic hero he’s decided to play. Right now Cavill is most famous for playing Superman in Man of Steel, as well as in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League movies. This is merely the climax to a career that it includes epics such as Tristant + Isolde, Immortals, and The Count of Monte Cristo.
It wasn’t just the heroic characters and epic set pieces that appealed to Cavill however. He cites his main reason for joining the cast of The Man from U.N.C.L.E as being a chance to work with director, Guy Richie.
“His movies are fantastic and his filmmaking style is unique,” Cavill says. “There’s no over-rehearsing, so you can get in there and do it, and it feels very fresh and new when you shoot.”
He also enjoyed the opportunity to get down and dirty with the action set pieces.
“Not to take anything away from our excellent stunt crew, who took some nasty tumbles and accomplished some incredible things,” Cavill says. “But Armie and I are both very physical actors and love to get involved. There are some major action sequences that, when I first heard about them, I assumed would be CG, which we ended up doing largely in camera.”
Yet, as much as Cavill enjoys crashing cars and playing out fight scenes, for him the film is all about his character’s relationship with his partner, Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer).
“The differences in their personalities and methods are vast, but they’re on the same spectrum,” Cavill explains. “And even though they’re in this because Solo and Kuryakin have no choice, they are always mindful that they have a mission and there are lives at stake, not to mention the destruction of the world, so they have to try to make their skills work together. It could end up that the team is greater than the sum of its parts.”