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Cavill, 30, has spent some time in the limelight with roles on TV’s The Tudors and in Tarsem Singh‘s 2011 fantasy film Immortals, but becoming the new Clark Kent will introduce the British actor to a different level of fame — and make him the face of a possible franchise.
“I don’t know if you can be ready for that, to be honest,” Cavill tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There’s no knowing what it’s going to feel like and how it’s going to affect my life.”
But the actor does admit, “Going to Starbucks is now a thing of the past.”
In Zack Snyder‘s film, Cavill’s Clark Kent has been living a life of isolation in order to avoid bringing attention to his other-worldly powers. But the arrival of fellow Kryptonian General Zod (Michael Shannon) forces him to embrace his abilities and become the superhero he was meant to be.
“I think what I’m going to do is just enjoy the journey, ride the wave, and if the punches come, roll with them,” he says.
Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, is a four-time Oscar nominee who has had her fair share of time in the sun. She says that Cavill will deal with his new fame “really well.”
“It’ll be curious to see as he goes from being somewhat able to walk through the world to being completely recognizable,” she tells THR.
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, who plays Kal-El’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El, has also spent years dealing with fame, and admits that he thinks Cavill “will have his days or have his moments” when it’s a struggle.
“It can be quite overwhelming, or more than overwhelming — it can be downright annoying,” adds Crowe of dealing with the pressures of fame.
Cavill, who auditioned for the role of Superman in a previous film that was to be helmed by McG but never came to fruition, has had plenty of time to reflect on the journey, from being cast as the lead in Snyder’s film more than two years ago until now.
So, what would he tell himself back in 2011?
“Keep on following your instincts because so far it seems to have worked out,” Cavill says.
Man of Steel opens in theaters on Friday, June 14, via Warner Bros.
Watch THR’s interview with the Man of Steel cast and director above.
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