In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Henry Cavill reflected on a heartbreaking conversation with The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, who told him he just wasn’t a good fit for the role of Geralt of Rivia. “I was devastated,” Cavill said. “I came to terms with it.”
Hissrich went on to audition for a whopping 207 actors for the role, as reported by Men’s Health from San Diego Comic-Con 2019. But as soon as casting began, Cavill — who got his agents to contact Hissrich’s team before the project was even complete — was asked if he’d like to audition. Despite the previous cancellation, he didn’t hesitate to agree and secured the role the same day. Cavill described this victory as “bittersweet”.
“Once they exhausted all their options, they said, ‘Ah, I think we’re going to go back to this guy,'” he told BBC Radio 1.
Addressing the story, Hissrich told NME that she couldn’t get Cavill out of her mind. So she decided to invite him to an audition. “Those of us who were in the room that day knew we’d found our guy,” Hissrich said.
For Cavill, securing the role of Geralt wasn’t about fame or money. According to Hissrich, he goes to great lengths to make Geralt as authentic as possible. For example, he went a bit overboard by making his armor look like it had been worn for many years.
“He had breakfast in it. He slept in it,” said Hissrich, laughing. “We said, ‘You don’t have to do that, by the way.’ But he’s so invested in embodying that character.”