The Witcher Bathtub Was Too Large for Henry Cavill to Put His Feet Up
Cavill was well aware of how iconic the bathtub scene would be when he was shooting The Witcher.
Netflix’s The Witcher has been out for a little over a month at this point and it has been well-received by a majority of viewers. So much so, in fact, that the series is already well underway in planning its second season. Not only does the show do a great job of adapting the critically-acclaimed novels from Andrzej Sapkowski, but it also features some iconic moments that those who have only played the video games might recognize.
One such moment that those who have played the games might be familiar with comes when Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavill, finds himself in a bathtub. The image of Geralt sitting in a bath has been seen everywhere over the years, primarily because of how silly it looks. The most famous picture that you’ve probably seen shows Geralt sitting in the tub with his feet perched up on the sides.
Here’s the image in question if you’ve somehow never seen it:
It seems that Cavill himself was also well aware of just how iconic this scene was and when shooting The Witcher and realized in the moment that it was going to be something that fans would latch onto. Speaking with BBC Radio 1, Cavil stated, “It’s a very iconic moment. A lot of people attribute that to the games, and yes, the games absolutely brought that forward into an iconic moment but it is also from the books.” Cavill went on to further explain that he wasn’t sure that people associated with working on the show knew that there was already a very specific visual attached to this scene.
“When I was getting into that bath, I was sitting there thinking ‘I wonder if anyone knows how much this is going to explode, this particular scene,'” Cavill stated. He even said that he specifically tried to recreate the famous image from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in question. “I was trying to put my feet up and I couldn’t. The bath was the wrong shape,” he explained. “I thought that might be a bit much, as well.”
I think what might be the best part about Cavill playing Geralt is just how intimately familiar he is with the character. Cavill has acknowledged for quite a long time now that he’s not just a superfan of The Witcher video games, but he also loves the novels. This is a role that he specifically pursued when he knew that the show was being made because of how much he loved the character and world of The Witcher. It’s great to have someone playing the part of Geralt that doesn’t just do a solid job of portraying the character, but also knows so much about his history.
Season two of The Witcher is in the pre-production phase right now and is scheduled to begin shooting later this year. There’s no specific launch date for the second season just yet, but it is set to arrive in 2021.
You can find Cavill and the rest of the cast’s interview with BBC in the video down below, if you’re interested.