Henry Cavill loves dual superman role

November 22nd, 2011

Henry Cavill loves playing "two characters in one role".

The actor can't choose whether he prefers playing Clark Kent or his alter ego Superman in forthcoming blockbuster 'Superman: Man of Steel' but is enjoying portraying both sides of the character.

He told the Los Angeles Times newspaper: "Both are difficult and easy to play in their respective ways. Essentially, yes, one is a disguise but the one that's not a disguise is so unreal that brings difficulties of its own with it.

"Overall, there's no one that's easier or less easy than the other. It is a lot of fun having two characters in one role which are so intertwined with each other.

"It's the same person, definitely, but it's the presentation. And that is fun."

Henry has sought inspiration from the old 'Superman' characters, in particular the controversial 'Red Son', which recast the character as a Soviet Union hero rather than one fighting for the US.

He explained: "With 'Red Son', I thought it was interesting as a different perspective. It was out there and I like that. It was essential to my character research, too. When you've got two polar opposite viewpoints of the same character, you will see what the authors consider the important baseline trend. I got to see that and see the different ways he would have developed and that was very useful to me.

"And because we are retelling the story and we are doing our own reinvention and a modernisation for the screen, I get the opportunity to add my own interpretation of how he developed. So that was cool to look at 'Red Son' and see what changed, what didn't change and what that reveals about the baseline of Superman. You can find what is essential to Superman and what is nature vs. nurture by locating that baseline."