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Henry Cavill admits he flopped James Bond screentest

22-Nov-2019 • Actor News

British actor Henry Cavill, who has gone on to play roles in the DC and Mission: Impossible franchises, admitted in a recent interview that he messed up his James Bond screentest back in 2005. The role would be won by Daniel Craig.

To screen-test, he had to walk out of a bathroom wrapped in a towel and reenact a scene from [From Russia With Love], reports Men's Health.

“I probably could have prepared better,” Cavill says. “I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, ‘Looking a little chubby there, Henry.’ I didn’t know how to train or diet. And I’m glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better.”

It was the beginning of a long run that positioned him as runner-up: He missed out on lead roles in Tristan + Isolde, Twilight, and an early Superman film that was never realized. “I wasn’t ecstatic about not getting these things,” Cavill says, “but I was so used to disappointment from the acting business, and also from boarding school. ‘No, you’re not good enough’—that wasn’t anything new to me.”

At 36, Cavill could still be primed to take over the 007 role after Daniel Craig steps down with 'No Time To Die'. It would not be the first time that an actor landed the coveted role at the second time of asking,  just ask Pierce Brosnan...


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