Throwback Musings: Henry Cavill Crafted ‘CGI Level Muscularity’ for Playing Geralt in ‘The Witcher’

Published 02/02/2024, 12:56 AM EST

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As Henry Cavill stepped into the shoes of Geralt of Rivia for The Witcher, he was not exactly a stranger to the fitness arena. Already a familiar face as Superman in DC films, Cavill’s god-like physique had made its mark, even turning into a meme sensation during a memorable bathroom brawl in Mission: Impossible – Fallout. However, the role of Geralt demanded more than his superhero shape; it required a whole new level of physical supremacy.

Despite Cavill’s existing top-notch form, the challenge of embodying Geralt pushed him to scale new heights. He needed to up the ante and sculpt his body, fitting for Netflix’s adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy epic.

How Henry Cavill chiseled a warrior for Geralt

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In his quest for the ultimate physique for the shirtless scenes in The Witcher, Cavill embarked on an unconventional journey, deliberately putting himself through systematic dehydration. As tales of Cavill’s fitness feats spread, the actor who was back then gearing up for the show expressed how his genetic predisposition allowed him to undergo remarkable transformations. As per Telegraph in 2018, similar to previous instances, this role demanded him to sculpt his physique to match the “CGI-defined levels of muscularity.”

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Expressing his pleasure in facing this physical challenge, he remarked, “I enjoy the physical challenge”. This dedication not only showcased his commitment to the craft but also hinted at the thrilling metamorphoses to come. This unique strategy added depth and definition to his muscles, ensuring a visually striking presence on the screen. Alongside this, Cavill embraced the discipline of fasted cardio, a secret weapon that contributed significantly to chiseling his body into the best shape it had ever seen.

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In the pursuit of achieving that jaw-dropping appearance, Cavill had to embark on a journey, ticking off a checklist of strategies to sculpt himself into peak condition for portraying Geralt of Rivia.

Crafting the perfect physique

Stepping into the shoes of Geralt, Cavill was not just about flexing his acting muscles; he embarked on a Herculean physical journey. Teaming up with coach Dave Rienzi, Cavill did not beat around the bush. He was introduced with grueling exercises like the Romanian deadlift to prepare for the demanding stunt work. His dedication was not just confined to the gym; he became a time management virtuoso during marathon shoot days. Also, his tailored shoulder workouts became the secret sauce for seamless sword-fighting sequences.

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In the culinary arena, Cavill did not shy away from turning his diet into a feast fit for a warrior. He munched through a whopping 5,000 calories daily. With a menu that included protein-packed delights and a side of core-strengthening workouts, Cavill’s transformation was not just grueling but a physical feat but a saga of strategic training, hearty meals, and unwavering commitment.

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Did Cavil’s hard work amaze you? Pour in your thoughts in the comments below.

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Riva Khan

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Riva Khan is an entertainment reporter at NetflixJunkie. Given her love for the language and writing, she has honed her narrative skills from a young age. She loves her latest tea in Hollywood and keeps an eye on the news.

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