People have suggested that Man of Steel and Justice League star Henry Cavill would make for a great James Bond for some time. As it just so happens, this is something that came much closer to being a reality than we may have realized, as the Superman actor was the runner up for the part back when the producers were casting for Casino Royale. So why did Cavill lose out? Apparently, he was too chubby.

Henry Cavill is currently promoting his new Netflix series The Witcher. During a recent interview, the 36-year-old actor recalled auditioning for the role in the early 2000s, long before he became a worldwide superstar. Ultimately, it was Daniel Craig who won out and has been our 007 ever since. Cavill had this to say about his experience.

"I probably could have prepared better. I remember the director, Martin Campbell, saying, 'Looking a little chubby there, Henry.' I didn't know how to train or diet. And I'm glad Martin said something, because I respond well to truth. It helps me get better."

This is genuinely surprising. For one, to find out that Henry Cavill auditioned for James Bond, and, as the article explains, he got very close. Not that anyone would likely change the way things worked out, given how popular Daniel Craig's Bond has become. That said, it's still an interesting alternate reality to consider. It's also difficult to imagine a world in which the muscle-bound star who brings Superman to life was considered too chubby. But that was then, and this is now. A lot has changed since that audition.

In the years since, Henry Cavill played Superman in 3 movies, starred in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, which was one of the biggest hits of 2018 and is now leading his own high-profile fantasy series for Netflix. Safe to say, things worked out just fine. Speaking a bit further about a lot of the rejection he faced early on in his career, Cavill revealed that was just par for the course.

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"I wasn't ecstatic about not getting these things. but I was so used to disappointment from the acting business, and also from boarding school. 'No, you're not good enough.' that wasn't anything new to me."

Daniel Craig is set to hang up the role after No Time to Die is released next year. That will leave the producers to find themselves a new Bond that can take the role into the future. Henry Cavill stated his interested in James Bond, should the opportunity come around. He's certainly not chubby anymore and the man looks good in a suit. But Cavill might be a bit busy with The Witcher and, as he tells it, the role of Superman still belongs to him. Could he fit 007 into his already busy schedule? That's a question for a later date. This news comes to us via Men's Health.

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