Henry Cavill flies into UK cinemas next month as Superman in Man of Steel, but the Brit actor has revealed how he missed the call confirming he'd landed the coveted role as he was too busy playing his favourite computer game!
The 29-year-old plays the superhero in the big screen reboot of the DC Comic series, but the role could have very easily gone to someone else. The actor has admitted he's a bit of a computer game fanatic and was so engrossed in his favourite game World of Warcraft when director Zack Synder phoned, that he skipped the call!
"I saw it was him (Snyder calling), but the thing is, you can't save World Of Warcraft, you can't pause it. It's live", the actor tells British GQ.
Henry does insist that he immediately ring the director back after realising the importance of the call. Phew!
Meanwhile the actor has admitted that his Man of Steel co-star and on screen dad Russell Crowe has become something of a mentor after Henry met the star when he was a teenager.
When Cavill was 16-year-old he was cast as an extra in the final scene of Crowe's 2000 film Proof of Life, which was shot at the Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, where Cavill was a pupil. And Cavill, who turns 30 on Sunday, said during hanging around on the set, he decided to go and talk to Crowe, now 49, and ask him for some advice about becoming an actor.
"I thought we kind of look ridiculous, standing there, looking over at this famous actor," he told GQ. "And I want to be an actor. So I thought I may as well go over and ask this guy about it."
So he asked him: "Hi, my name's Henry. I want to be an actor. What’s it like?" And a charming Crowe turned round to him and said: "But if you want to go for it, then really go for it. Commit."
And that wasn't the only kindness he showed Cavill, because a couple of days later, the actor revealed that Crowe sent him a package in the post which contained a jar of Vegemite, a CD of Crowe's band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts as well as some Jersey sweets after Cavill mentioned to him where he’d grown up. But also inside was a picture of Crowe in Gladiator, with a signed message that read: "Dear Henry, a journey of 1,000 miles begins in a single step. Russell."
Cavill mentioned this meeting to Crowe when they filmed Man of Steel with Crowe asking what advice he gave to the aspiring actor- to which Cavill told him: "You said the pay was pretty good, but they treat you like s**t'!" Wise words Russell.