Video: Henry Cavill on why he wanted his Superman to have a hairy chest

Henry Cavill cites 1992's DEATH OF SUPERMAN as a precedent for Superman sporting a hairy chest. Plus, a new behind the scenes image of Cavill beasting out a deadlift at Gym Jones.

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By KingLeonidas - 6/20/2013

"Sacrilege!" and "This is not Superman!" were the cries that greeted MAN OF STEEL set photos in late 2011 when photos of a bearded, super-shredded and extremely hirsute Henry Cavill leaked online. The primal beast-like appearance seemed aggressively alpha masculine compared to the gentler depictions of Superman in the earlier films and media and something more suited to Wolverine suggested many people.

MAN OF STEEL star Cavill had previously shaved his torso for the 2011 actioner Immortals to show off his muscle definition, but for MAN OF STEEL, he decided to give the razor a skip. Here's why.

It's something that I wanted to because in the comic book Death of Superman, there's this bit where his costume's ripped, and he's making the ultimate sacrifice and he's got this hairy chest and I was like "Okay, Why is the perception that because he's muscly, he must have no body hair?" And I thought why can't we just do that, like in the comic books. And so we did.

And well because, real men have chest hair!



Death Of Superman

Cavill set photo from late 2011

Image Courtesy Gym Jones
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ReeferInferno - 6/20/2013, 1:07 PM
What a delightful specimen.
JDUKE25 - 6/20/2013, 1:09 PM
"Real men have chest hair."

You better believe we do
TopCat89 - 6/20/2013, 1:11 PM
Finally watched the movie couple of hours ago....thought it was brilliant!

I'm neither a DC or Marvel fanboy, just a guy that appreciates CBMs from either...

Wasn't a huge fan of the previous movies, grew tired of the cahcing planes, never throwing a punch and blowing out fire....this movie for me delivered what i've always thought was lacking in a "Superman" movie...

Agree the action was slightly over the top and loooong, with a few plot holes here and there....but i disagree that it lacked emotion...and the whole "climatic ending" (won't spoil it) part not being true to Superman's nature that i read a while back...couldn't disagree more, he had no choice! Just my opinion, don't bite my head off lol

Overall 8/10 for me, your average comic book fan
TopCat89 - 6/20/2013, 1:12 PM
*catching
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/20/2013, 1:41 PM
@TopCat - My friend, you took the words outta my mouth, haha. Except for me, I found the action sequences to fit Superman, along with Faora and Zod, as well. Everything else that goes with this film really played out well (of course, there were a few MINOR, and I do mean minor, bits I had with it, [frick] it, I enjoyed it). I am more of a Marvel fan, but [frick] it, I'm all for any type of CBMs, and the Man of Steel just made it for me. LOVED it.

Overall score, imo, is 8.9/10

;)
Brainiac13 - 6/20/2013, 1:41 PM
Like my Chest!!
Brainiac13 - 6/20/2013, 1:41 PM
I'm a hairy [frick]!
Brainiac13 - 6/20/2013, 1:44 PM
But not bad as Gusto!


TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/20/2013, 1:47 PM
Oh, and this is a year of red capes, I tell ya....











;)
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 6/20/2013, 1:50 PM
@Braniac3000 - Pfft, not nearly as bad as @Nomis....





See? Even Gusto seems to agree...

;P
sameoldthing - 6/20/2013, 1:51 PM
Why would Supes shave his body hair anyways?
For you dudes out there who are metrosexual & shave your body & self tan & rub lotion all over..your a girly man.
Cavill is Superman.
JohnLamb - 6/20/2013, 2:09 PM
So big.
Brainiac13 - 6/20/2013, 2:59 PM
@TheAmazingSpidey63

The pic is not showing!! It could be my computer.

Horsemanofwar - 6/20/2013, 4:07 PM
Who would win in a fight between Superman and Thor?
TruBeliever - 6/20/2013, 4:40 PM
Henry was indeed ripped for the film. but by no means did I feel like a nancy-girl dude LOL @ Cipher that shite cracked me up. I power lift and I max bench 385lbs. ditch the costume and I'll take on Cavill for the way my wife was drooling during the movie LOL :D)
DioFoRio - 6/20/2013, 6:01 PM
Hell Yeah it is the year of red capes bro! Love the pic of you and the misses sporting yours!

DioFoRio - 6/20/2013, 6:02 PM
^@Sixtrece
huexolotl - 6/20/2013, 9:32 PM
terrible movie, but damn you just want to get buried in his chest and arms...
lucio7lopez - 6/21/2013, 12:06 AM
@Dio
LOL red capes summer for all!!

Cavill IS Superman!!! Awesome movie!! 10/10 to me!

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