Henry Cavill recently opened up about his reaction to finding out that ‘Twilight’ author Stephanie Meyer thought he would have made the ‘perfect Edward’ in the live-action film.
Speaking on a recent episode of the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast, the ‘Superman’ actor admitted he didn’t initially know he was Meyer’s first choice to play the high school vampire role until the first ‘Twilight’ movie was made in 2008.
“I didn’t know about the movie,” the 39-year-old said in the interview that aired Oct. 26. “I didn’t know they wanted to cast me, and the internet wasn’t quite the tool it is now, and so I didn’t find out until after.
In a blog post in 2007, Stephenie shared that she was saddened to learn that Cavill, 24, was the wrong age for the sparkly-skinned lead vampire. She wrote: “The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. Henry Cavill is now 24.
Meyer revealed that she also had her eye on Tom Sturridge and Logan Lerman to play Edward, who she noted in her blog was “hands down the hardest character to cast”.
Finally, then 21 years old, Robert pattinson went on to score the iconic role in the romantic fantasy film alongside Kristen Stewart like Bella Swan.
When asked if he was jealous of Pattinson, who ended up beating him for the role in the franchise, Cavill replied, “Not at all because I didn’t know the movie. I didn’t know they wanted to cast me…”
He added, upon hearing the news, “I was like, ‘Oh okay, that would have been cool.'”
Based on Meyer’s bestselling book series, the film “Twilight” follows Swan, who moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest. She falls into a tumultuous romance with Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who turns out to be a 108-year-old vampire.
Cavill revealed portraying Edward wasn’t the only opportunity he lost to Pattinson due to his age.
The British actor noted during the podcast that while he didn’t officially fight Pattinson for the ‘Twilight’ role, he did end up fighting him for the role of Cedric Diggory in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Doom. ‘Azkaban’.
“Yeah, I remember that,” Cavill recalled. “I definitely auditioned for that one and didn’t get it.”
He admitted the role “didn’t suit him” due to his age at the time. “I think I was probably 19 or 20, and that makes a big difference when you’re playing a kid in high school,” Cavill said jokingly, “Well, it was, anyway.”
Although he lost previous roles as he grew older, Cavill went on to star in franchises such as “Mission: Impossible” and the DC Universe as Superman.
You can catch Cavill in Netflix’s upcoming “Enola Holmes 2” alongside Millie Bobby Brown, which premieres November 4.
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