Henry Cavill, known for his portrayal of Superman in the DCEU films, has become one of the most sought-after actors in the industry. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that Cavill had to audition for his role in the hit Netflix series, “The Witcher,” against the advice of his own agent.
“The Witcher” is a fantasy drama series based on Andrzej Sapkowski's popular books and video games. Cavill, being a fan of the video game, had a deep understanding of the character Geralt of Rivia, a mystical monster hunter with silver hair and glowing eyes. When the show was announced in 2017, he actively pursued the role.
Despite his already prominent status as an actor, Cavill was asked to audition for the role. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he shared, “I pursued, pursued, pursued.” His agent even tried to dissuade him from auditioning, but Cavill was determined. He said, “Of course. It's The Witcher.”
Cavill's persistence paid off, and he was cast as Geralt of Rivia in the series. He portrayed the character for three seasons, cementing his place in the show's success.
Not only did Cavill prove his worth through his performance, but he also earned a substantial salary for his role. In the first season, he earned approximately half a million per episode, totaling around $3.2 million. For the second season, Cavill increased his fees to around $1 million per episode, earning a staggering $11.2 million.
Despite his success on “The Witcher,” Cavill shocked fans by announcing his exit from the show after three seasons. He will be replaced by Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia starting from season 4. The reasons behind Cavill's departure have been speculated as creative differences with the production house.
As one of Netflix's highest-paid stars, Henry Cavill's audition for “The Witcher” showcased his dedication to bringing beloved characters to life, even when faced with skepticism from his own agent.
– The Hollywood Reporter