The Witcher's Henry Cavill Just Wants to Do Nothing and Play Video Games Like the Rest of Us

Just like us, The Witcher's Henry Cavill explained in an interview how he just wants to spend hours playing video games instead of going out.

By Ryan Meitzler

December 21, 2019

The Witcher series is having quite the moment in pop culture this year with not only the recent Switch release of The Witcher 3, but also this week’s debut of the long-awaited TV series from Netflix starring Justice League and Mission: Impossible‘s Henry Cavill. While Cavill is most well known for taking on roles in blockbuster film franchises, a recent interview shed a bit more light on the fact that, deep down, he just wants to play countless hours of video games like most of us.

Speaking in an interview with GQThe Witcher star Henry Cavill shared a bit more on not only the preparation he underwent to play Geralt of Rivia, but also delved a bit into his own personal connection with the beloved series and gaming as a whole, and how that fed into his performance as the famed witcher on the show.

Of course, outside of his roles in blockbuster movies, Cavill has been well-known as an avid gamer and explained his love for video games in other interviews. In speaking with GQ, he shared that he has a deep fondness for games currently like Total War: Warhammer II, while also growing up playing games like Delta Force and Half-Life and having LAN parties with his brothers as a kid.

In the interview, he explained that even though he is a well-known celebrity, he would much rather prefer staying home and playing games. He shared that “at home, I get to sit playing games for ridiculous amounts of hours and escape there, because going outside has the opposite effect.” Of course, given his knowledge and appreciation of gaming as a whole, it’s only appropriate that he would have been considered to take on the role of Geralt of Rivia.

Specifically, one of the most interesting portions of the interview delved into the fact that Cavill was already a huge fan of The Witcher series before being cast in Netflix’s TV adaptation (a role which he sought himself), after first being introduced to its world through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Cavill explained that Wild Hunt was “his first involved experience” with the franchise, and that he had played through the entire game over two and a half times. The interview also detailed that, originally, Cavill had thought that The Witcher books were based on the games (and not the other way around), and had read through the series once getting involved with the show.

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In terms of his involvement with the show, Cavill explained that for the role of Geralt, it was important for him to stay as “true to the lore as possible,” and that “it was about bringing my love for the character to the show, as a fan.” He specifically had wanted the show to incorporate more of Geralt’s signs in order to highlight his abilities as a witcher and that “the audience must know he can do these things.”

Given that so much anticipation was surrounding Netflix’s The Witcher series, it’s interesting to hear a bit more about Cavill’s own connections to the franchise and how he really wanted to bring his passion and insight to inform both the character of Geralt and the show as a whole. Though the series’ first season has so far received mixed reviews, it’s hard to argue that one of the series’ best elements has been Cavill’s performance, and with a second season for the show already confirmed, it will only be a matter of time to see how Cavill continues to grow into the role of Geralt. Hopefully he’ll still get some time to play games every now and then, though.

The Witcher is now streaming its full first season on Netflix.

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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