Henry Cavill has opened up on the way he prepared for his role as Geralt in The Witcher's Netflix show.
The actor claims to have "lived and breathed" the pertinent universe as he sought to become a real-life Witcher, so to speak. And he found it much easier to adapt through immersing in the video games plus the books.
Geralt of Rivia seems a complicated character to play, given what we've seen from the franchise. His love life is as convoluted as his work as a monsterslayer, yet Cavill claims to have had little difficulty in his preparation for the iconic role.
Thanks to all of that Witcher content already out there, Cavill was able to grasp exactly what's expected pretty easily and didn't have to actually prep as he says he "lives this universe every day."
The actor recently sat down for a chinwag with French magazine Premiere and discussed his methods for becoming Geralt. What we have below is a translation from Reddit user Valimbomba but it's pretty clear the 36-year-old was pretty invested.
“I discovered the games, then I discovered the books, and the universe of The Witcher instantly meant something to me," he explained. “I didn’t even have the need to prepare myself for the role. Because I breathe, I live this universe every day.
“I already got numerous opportunities to think about this character while I was playing the games. My preparation was already made before the casting started!”
Cavill previously revealed being "a big gamer," making the claim during San Diego Comic-Con as part of The Witcher's panel.
"What attracted me to Geralt ... I'm a big gamer," he said. "I played the games a lot. There was something about Geralt that really struck a chord with me, he's not your average hero... he won't treat everyone perfectly, and at the same time, deep down, he's a real hero."
In the most recent interview, he also noted that his costume also helped him get into character, adding that he loves wearing it along with the grey wig (which did take a bit of getting used to as it was uncomfortable at first).
He explained that putting it on every day takes him "one step further into the embodiment of the character." So we can expect a pretty realistic Geralt from a man who has already played another iconic character in DC superhero Superman.