How Cavill got his Super bod
SUPERMAN fans will undoubtedly have checked out the new movie Man Of Steel, which is playing in cinemas.
And they would have noted that Henry Cavill, who is the first British actor to play the famous superhero, was looking incredibly ripped in that movie.
Cavill, 30, revealed recently that he added 9kg of muscle to his 1.9m frame, and - as Hugh Jackman did for the movie Wolverine - he adopted a 5,000-calories-per-day diet to pack on the pounds, then cut it back to 2,500 calories when body-sculpting work began.
The transformation was "a very, very long and involved process", he told People. He ended up training as long as 21/2 hours a day, pushing his body way beyond its limits.
Cavill shunned using steroids, and didn't want the use of computer-graphic tricks to make his body look larger on screen.
"I wanted it to be me," he said. "It helped me to get into character. And also because it's my name. I wanted to provide that image (of Superman) and make it a reality."
Even before he hit the set, he'd been working with trainer Mark Twight, of 300 fame.
"Five months before shooting, there was varying stuff which ended up being mass building and then leaning down," Cavill said.
Twight reportedly used a variety of functional training techniques to build Cavill's strength and confidence, and which the actor could use to perform wire work, fight scenes and stunts.
By the time Twight and his team were done, Cavill could dead-lift more than two times his body weight, the trainer said.
Cavill said in an interview: "When you feel that you can't push any harder or you can't lift any more weight, you think: 'Well, hold on a second. I've got to look like Superman. There's a whole bunch of people out there who are relying on me to be that superhero.'"
He calls his training "a genuine discovery".
"Yeah, it hurt. It was excruciating. But I liked pushing past that point to where you realise your body is actually more than capable of doing it. The moment when that happens is wonderful," he added.
Twight said in an interview: "Fitness is not just physical strength and conditioning, but it's also strength of character. It's committing all of your available resources to the achievement of an objective."
After filming the film's shirtless scenes, Cavill said he dropped the diet and pigged out.
"After that, (director) Zack Snyder bought me an amazing apple pie and a tub of ice cream," he said.
"Then I ordered a pizza as well, and didn't even go home - I just sat in a trailer afterwards and ate it. I passed into a food coma after that."
To Twight, Cavill's transformation is a parallel to the tale of Superman.
"Superman's a story of self-discovery. Henry's journey was quite similar in a way," he said.
"He discovered his capacity and the confidence that comes with being physically capable and knowing how to produce whatever result in his body that he wants."
Man Of Steel is playing in cinemas.