Netflix’s The Witcher has officially landed on the streaming platform, and Geralt actor Henry Cavill has opened up about the tough role. Of course we know Cavill is buff as all hell, but that doesn’t mean that fighting as Geralt was a walk in the park for the actor.
During the APAC press conference earlier this week, Cavill explained the challenges behind Geralt’s fighting style, admitting that those awesome moves took a lot of work.
“It was very different because of the athleticism of Geralt’s fighting style,” said Cavill. “[Geralt] has a lot of pirouettes and explosive movements and a lot of uneven ground. You’re not fighting in a gym, but on a slope with cobbles, or it’s raining. So you need to make sure everything is protected and that you build up the right muscle group: hips, knees, elbows, shoulders.”
He went on to add: “The trickiest thing about fighting on set with a heavy weighted sword is that you’re not actually swinging it to kill someone,
“So it’s really stopping the sword is the trickiest bit,” he said. “In an ideal world, you’re not making contact with anyone’s hands when it comes to stunt fights but if you’re doing a very technical fight it is pretty much par for the course that you’re going to make contact.”
As with most Netflix productions, there’s been no expense spared in bringing Geralt and Sapkowski’s cast of down-trodden and scorned characters to the small screen. Netflix’s The Witcher definitely has some awesome fights for you to enjoy. If you haven’t yet checked the show out (or even if you have), take a peek at GameByte’s review of the first five episodes of the series. Don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free! Check it out right here.
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