To be a fly on the wall when a 16-year-old Henry Cavill opens a parcel from Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. The pair had met briefly on the set of Proof of Life (2000) which was filmed at Cavills’ school and actually featured him as an extra in a rugby match.
While on set The youngster plucked up the courage to speak to his hero and ask him about acting, Crowe delivered a fair, if blunt assessment of the profession by stating:
‘The pay is pretty good but they treat you like shit’.
The parcel, contained various gifts including: movies, a CD of Crowes’ band and also a signed picture of the actor, reading:
‘Dear Henry, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Russell.’
In the years that were to follow young Henry Cavill began his journey in earnest, rising to acting prominence with roles in British television and commonly, (for emerging actors at least) bigger roles in smaller projects and smaller roles in larger projects; as his filmography outlines.
The Unluckiest Man in Hollywood
In 2004/05 the young actor looked all set to land a breakthrough role with a series of mouth-watering castings in the pipeline, however a series of agonising near misses prompted Empire magazine to label Cavill as the unluckiest man in Hollywood:
The Luckiest Man in Hollywood
Fast forward 8 years and Cavill finally lands a dream role playing the Man of Steel himself also being reunited with Crowe who plays the role of Jor-El (Superman’s father) with the irony of the castings not being lost on either actor.
“We talked about how it’s hilarious and great and wonderful; how he’s playing that part, and this being the biggest moment of my career. And he’s here It’s one of those moments where you think to yourself – just what are the chances?”
– Henry Cavill
His past near misses also look to have borne fruit with the actor now in pole position to inherit the keys to the Aston Martin from Daniel Craig, once he finishes in the role of Bond.
However you look at it the future looks extremely bright for Henry Cavill, and as a bit of advice to any youngsters out there on the set of one of his films; why not go up to him and ask for some advice…………………..you never know where it could lead!