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That Superman physique runs on loads of protein supplements and pre-workout—and 4 a.m. physical therapy.
It’s one thing to play Superman on screen, but it’s another thing entirely to walk around looking like a Kryptonian in your everyday life. And the first thing you’re likely to notice when staring at Henry Cavill on Zoom are his shoulders—not even his Clark Kent jawline can distract from the small mountain range erupting from his humerus and clavicle. None of this is exactly news, given the multiple high-profile roles in which Cavill has transformed his body for—The DC universe, The Witcher, extremely buff Sherlock in Enola Holmes—but you truly cannot prepare for how mesmerizing those deltoids are.
Which is why Cavill’s latest role, as an ambassador for the supplement company MuscleTech is perhaps the most natural line on his resume. GQ caught up with the 38-year-old actor to find out how supplements influence his diet, his thoughts on pre-workout, and just how many meals a day you need to eat if you ever want shoulders like his.
GQ: Supplements are such a huge part of the fitness world, but I think something that can often be misunderstood, especially when you’re first starting out. What was your journey with using supplements like?
Henry Cavill: It’s an interesting thing, because I’ve been very fortunate over my career to have pros guiding me. As useful as that has been when it comes to physical results and how the body looks when I’m taking my shirt off on camera or whatever the case may be, it does certainly hinder my growth in knowledge. And so over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to quiz my trainer, Dave Rienzi, more and more about the why of everything. Why is that going in? Why this rather than that? Aren’t they both carbohydrates? Why this protein versus that protein? What does it mean when you do this before or afterwards? And so my journey is still very much in process.
Once you started asking those questions, was there anything that you were surprised to learn?
So I have a protein shake before bed, and there would be times where I’d go, you know what, I want to lose a few more pounds, so I’m just going to cut the pre-bed shake out and not tell my trainer Dave. And it’ll be fine, because I’ll be losing a few pounds and then I’ll get back to showing progress photos and people will be like, “Oh wow, look at the progress you made!” But if I took three weeks off, when I would send Dave a progress photo, he would go, “Okay, cool. So are you still taking the pre-bed shake?” And I go, “No, because I wanted to lose a few pounds.”
That’s when I started asking these questions because he then informed me that the problem with that logic is that, yes, you do have fewer calories going into your body, but you also go into a catabolic state with how hard you’re training and how hard you’re working. So actually what you’re doing is you’re losing muscularity while you sleep. So your body won’t be looking as good. And almost immediately when I went back to the pre-bed shake, I was like, “Yeah, the body looks better already.” And for me, that was a massive learning point and a real shock. I thought, I need to start asking more questions and stop thinking that I can pull a fast one and pull the wool over his eyes.
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Exclusively from Deadline:
Even after signing on to a Highlander reboot and Matthew Vaughn’s next spy action pic, Henry Cavill doesn’t look like he’s done setting up his future dance card as Deadline has confirmed that he is set to star in The Rosie Project.
Steve Falk will write and direct the film, which follows an unlucky-in-love university professor who creates an elaborate questionnaire in an effort to find a wife and meets an unconventional woman who doesn’t match any of his “requirements,” but might be the perfect woman for him.
Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan will produce.
The film is a change of pace for Cavill, who has been busy lining up action-heavy projects, and gives him an opportunity show his acting range. Cavill is set to shoot the sequel to Neflix’s Enola Holmes this fall as well as Vaughn’s new spy thriller Argyle, with Rosie Project expected to shoot at the top of 2022.
The former Man of Steel star has been on roll as of late most recently also attaching to star in Lionsgate’s anticipated Highlander reboot. He recently finished filming the second season of Netflix’s The Witcher following its record-breaking first season. He is also set to return as Sherlock Holmes in the sequel to Enola Holmes with Millie Bobby Brown returning in the title role.
Cavill is repped by WME and The Garcia Companies. Giant Freakin Robot first reported the news.