The road to becoming a superstar is hard. Even the so-called nepotism kids sometimes have a hard time making it big in the oversaturated world of Hollywood. In fact, some actors admit they almost quit just before they became household names.
For example, Robert Pattinson almost gave up his acting career after a particularly poor audition for his breakthrough role. Yes, he almost quit after auditioning for the role of Edward Cullen on Twilight. In an interview with the Golden Globes Around the World podcast in 2019, he said, “The audition was one of the worst auditions I’ve done in my entire life. I remember calling my parents and saying, ‘I’m done, I can’t agonize anymore.’” But it turned out he was wrong when he finally found worldwide fame. Gal Gadot’s experience was very different, with too much rejection affecting her mood. “There’s so much ‘no,'” she told Today (via E! News) before bagging her Wonder Woman project. “There’s so much rejection in this world that I thought, ‘Maybe it’s not for me. … Maybe I should go back to law school instead of lugging my family with me.’”
Like Gadot, another hero in the DCEU almost considered quitting. It’s none other than Henry Cavill, aka Superman.
Henry Cavill almost enlisted in the armed forces
In another life, Henry Cavill would probably have been a soldier. Cavill said when he was young he envisioned joining Britain’s Royal Marines when he got older – but acting got in the way of his original plans.
“I am very fortunate to know people who have done extraordinary things in the armed forces. And the warrior brotherhood that I see represented in these people, you see how soulful these people are and how connected they are to one another. Cavill told Polygon in January 2022. “I was very interested in joining the armed forces when I was younger and didn’t get into acting[ten] me first and I would have joined the army.”
He wanted to be tough enough that it would serve as a backup plan in case acting didn’t turn in his favor. “There were many times I thought that [acting] wouldn’t happen,” he told Mirror UK in 2015. “At one point I was like, ‘If this next movie doesn’t do well, I’m out. I’m going to join the armed forces.’” But as we all know, he eventually became Superman, so he had to give up that dream. The good news is that he found the “brotherhood” he was looking for in his character on Witcher, anyway additional element of intense grief,” he said.
Another incident nearly ended Henry Cavill’s career
While Henry Cavill decided to pursue acting, another unfortunate incident almost made him give up action-packed roles. In 2020, he suffered a physical injury that affected his ability to perform his job.
“It was a very, very bad tear and I was very fortunate that it wasn’t a full achilles detachment,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. But Cavill persevered, trying his best to find the balance between limiting his actions and what the role demanded. “I wanted to do more for the production — I know how important it was for them to get things done,” he added. “So I had to find that balance between, ‘Yeah, let’s push, push, push’ and ‘Whoa wait, if I keep tearing this up, it’s the end of my action career.’ That was my worst moment professionally in the past year.”
Now it looks like Cavill is back in top form and may even reprise his role as Superman — at least that’s what insiders believe. “Several scoopers 100% believe Henry is back, the DM I received said ‘[Cavill’s] the back[.]’ I trust that friend who told me this very much and was ALWAYS skeptical about Cavill and Affleck returning. They now believe in the idea of [Cavill’s] return,” insider @AjepArts tweeted. “Previously it was considered impossible. But the tides are changing. Something has to happen.”