Henry Cavill, star of Netflix’s The Witcher, has responded to those who were underwhelmed with his performance as the one and only Geralt of Rivia in the show’s first season.
Despite the show being an overwhelming hit, you can’t please everyone. However, we can all learn a thing or two from Cavill when it comes to dealing with criticism, as he uses it to fuel his performance.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Cavill admitted criticism is something he looks for so that he can continue to better himself.
“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.”
For those who’ve read the books, there’s a lot of internal monologues which offer an insight into the characters and world. Naturally, that’s something that’s hard to bring to the screen, and it’s something which Cavill is definitely aware of.
“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.”
As a fan of the games, the books and the Netflix show, I think Cavill’s performance of Geralt is flawless!
The second season of the show is heading back to filming next month.
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