MAN OF STEEL: Superman Henry Cavill Discusses The Trend Of Foreigners Playing Superheroes

MAN OF STEEL: Superman Henry Cavill Discusses The Trend Of Foreigners Playing Superheroes

Henry Cavill discusses the controversy behind the trend in Hollywood to cast foreigners in Superhero roles. The British actor will be playing the American icon, Superman, in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel, and compares his situation with Chris Hemsworth's role as Thor.


Why aren't more American actors being cast as superheroes? Over the past decade Hollywood has cast a surprising amount of British, Australian and Canadian actors into these roles, which is something that would seem foreign just a few decades ago. Heck, David Prowse, the actor that played Darth Vader in Star Wars wasn't even allowed to audition for Richard Donner's Superman just because he wasn't American.

But in today's world many high-profile superhero roles like Batman (Christian Bale), Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), and Superman (Henry Cavill) have been portrayed by English actors. X-Men's Wolverine and Marvel's Thor are being portrayed by two Australian actors, Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth. These roles are even being outsourced to our neighbors from the north, Canadian actor, Ryan Reynolds, just recently played Green Lantern. No Way, Eh!

Henry Cavill discusses that controversy with Details Magazine. "I suppose it's a fluke," says Cavill. "It's about who looks right for the character and for the generation it's being cast for. If you only look at the American market, you're narrowing down your options an awful lot. The point of acting is to pretend you're someone else and sell a story. Chris Hemsworth is an Australian man, not a god from Asgard. It would be even more fluke-y if every person who was playing a superhero was American."

Cavill sounds extremely proud of Man Of Steel is the best incarnation of Superman to date. "I don't mean anything against the movies and TV shows that have come before, because they were of their time, but this is epically cool," Cavill explained. "People in the past have criticized the character for being a bit chocolate-box, a bit vanilla, and this is not that—at all. The lore is there that we're drawing from, but to create something from that which is reflective of life today—that's the trick."

Synopsis: Next summer, "Man Of Steel" is coming to the big screen. The film is from director Zack Snyder and producers Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and and published by DC Comics.

Man Of Steel, starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Antje Traue, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix. The reboot flies into theaters June 14th, 2013!

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