Back When Henry Cavill Flaunted His Spanish Speaking Side in Front Of the Whole World

Published 01/17/2024, 12:42 AM EST

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Henry Cavill, the 40-year-old British heartthrob, boasts a massive online fanbase for his roles in blockbusters like Man of Steel and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Beyond his cinematic success, it is Cavill’s passion for the geekier side of life that has endeared him to fans. His love for languages, especially ancient history and Egyptology enabled him to learn nine languages, including Spanish. Originally, he entertained the idea of pursuing a degree in ancient history or Egyptology, but he eventually chose the path of acting. 

Thank goodness for that choice, otherwise, the world might have missed out on witnessing his spectacular Spanish flair!

Times when Henry Cavill flaunted his Spanish proficiency

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Back in 2012, Henry Cavill made an impact in the American action thriller The Cold Light of Day, directed by Mabrouk El Mechri. He assumed the character of Will Shaw, who was a consultant with financial turmoil in San Francisco that led him to reluctantly embark on a holiday with his family in Spain. The stroke of brilliance was Cavill’s Spanish proficiency, acting as a beacon of authenticity that shielded the film from the shadows of dubbing or the pitfalls of poorly executed Spanish accents. 

The star also occasionally flaunts his Spanish through Instagram posts. The British actor once shared a picture of his Italian meal with a caption saying, “Isolamento Italiano”. And not to forget his countless Spanish promotional interviews. To top it off, there were also some rumors in 2022 about Henry Cavill being in early talks to play Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in his biopic. Despite his fluency in several languages, Cavill has had occasional difficulties switching accents. 

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In a decade-old interview, Henry Cavill disclosed the challenges he faced in transitioning to an American accent and then reverting back to his British accent.

Henry Cavill’s challenges with code-switching

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Two years after the superhero film’s release, the British actor took on the role of CIA agent Napoleon Solo in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. In 2013, while filming Man of Steel, Henry Cavill shared his process of adopting the American dialect for Superman with Collider. Despite initial difficulties aligning with his unique natural tone, he progressively became more adept with the accent through coaching and prior experiences.

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Having spent the majority of his days communicating in the American style, the actor found that it became so ingrained in him that he struggled to revert back to his British tongue. Henry Cavill further shared that it took an effort when talking to his fiancée to bring his English accent back. He even opened up about his experience working in The Man from U.N.C.L.E to FlavourMag and shared that accent was the hardest task for him in the film, despiting having a tight grip on multiple languages. 

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What do you think about Henry Cavill’s language proficiency? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Hriddhi Maitra

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Hriddhi Maitra is a Hollywood News reporter at Netflix Junkie. An enthusiastic movie buff, Hriddhi found her true calling when she worked as a Cinema Content Writer at My Cinema Story while analyzing movies objectively, and offering constructive feedback. Coming from a background where she worked in different niches like finance, food, travel, medicines, automobile, and entertainment, we can safely say she is a jack of all trades.

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