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'The Witcher' Star Henry Cavill Addresses Criticisms Of His Performance As Geralt

'The Witcher' Star Henry Cavill Addresses Criticisms Of His Performance As Geralt

Netflix's live-action adaptation of The Witcher was a major hit when it landed on the streaming service late last year. But while its star Henry Cavill impressed the vast majority as monster hunter-for-hire Geralt of Rivia, it's impossible to please everyone.

Cavill has now revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that he's aware of some of the criticisms that were leveled against him during the first season, and is aiming to address those criticisms going into season two.

Most actors tend to swear off reading reviews or seeing what the fans say about them on message boards, but much like the brave and grizzled hero he plays, Cavill has descended into the belly of the beast more than a few times in search of self-improvement. In fact, the actor seems to "thrive" off the things people write about his performance.

The Witcher TV show / Credit: Netflix
The Witcher TV show / Credit: Netflix
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"For me, it's vital to go about and read," he explained. "I'm on all the Reddit forums. I'm reading all the reviews. I'm literally trying to get everyone's information. Some of it is not useful, and other criticisms are incredibly useful. I take it all in, and I look forward to bringing it even closer and closer to [The Witcher creator Andrzej] Sapkowski's writing."

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Cavill also touched on the difficulty of bringing Geralt from the novels to the screen. In the first few books especially, a lot of emotions and motivations are explained via an inner monologue - something that the TV show couldn't really do without going a bit Scrubs. That's a crossover I'd watch, to be fair.

"I think any of those criticisms, they often lie in things like I was saying," Cavill said. "We don't have the advantage of a long involved conversation or dialogue with Geralt, so they are criticisms which I think I was prepared for.

"So for me, it's about seeing that, understanding it, and working out how I can do my job better within the framework provided, [how to] appease and make those people feel comfortable that I do actually understand this character - and love this character just as much as they do."

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Season two of The Witcher is set to resume filming next month, and the cast and crew are once again starting to share key details with us. Last week, showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich explained the show will be making key changes to the early stages of Geralt and Ciri's relationship, and also teased that we can expect more references to the CD Projekt RED video games.

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Topics: henry cavill, The Witcher, Netflix

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.