In an interview with BBC Radio 1Henry Cavill reflected on a heartbreaking conversation with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner for The Witcher, who told him that he just wasn’t right for the role of Geralt of Rivia. “I was crushed,” Cavill said. “I’ve come to terms with it.”
Hissrich auditioned 207 actors for the part. Men’s health from San Diego Comic-Con 2019. But as soon as casting began, Cavill, whose agents contacted Hissrich’s team before the project was completed, was asked if he would like to audition. Despite a previous rejection, he accepted without hesitation and was cast in the role later that day. Cavill called this victory “bittersweet”.
“Once they exhausted all their options, they said, ‘Ah, I think we’ll go back to that guy,'” he told BBC Radio 1.
Developing the story, Hissrich said NME that she couldn’t get Cavill out of her mind. So she decided to invite him to audition. “Those of us who were in the room that day knew they had found our guy,” Hissrich said.
For Cavill, getting the role of Geralt wasn’t about fame or money. According to Hissrich, he does his best to make Geralt as authentic as possible. For example, he went a little over the top, making his armor look like it’s been worn for years.
“He cooked breakfast in it. He slept in it,” Hissrich said with a laugh. “We thought, ‘By the way, you don’t have to do that.’ But it was he who invested in the embodiment of this character.