Henry Cavill wowed audiences with his lead role as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix's hit fantasy series The Witcher. Based on the best-selling novels and video games, the show had an in-built dedicated fan base right from the start, and fans had strong opinions on what Cavill should look like as Geralt. In a recent interview, the actor reveals that the most striking feature of his costume, the silver wig, is not as uncomfortable as it looks.
"It honestly wasn't that bad. My hairdresser Jackie Rathore is absolutely fantastic. She didn't have the opportunity to actually build the wig herself, so when she received it, she started doing work on it. She worked, and worked, and worked it; it was quite a difficult process. There's three of them, so she would take them home every night and be changing individual hairs. She sent them back to get a finer lace, so it's less visible, and she just worked and worked and worked that thing. She was having nightmares about the wigs."
The role of Geralt was very dear to Cavill since the actor is a huge fan of The Witcher games and the novels they are based on. So putting together the costume for the character was a process Cavill was deeply involved with, even as initial tests for Geralt's look were not very promising.
"The whole thing shifted a lot because we had screen tests and the look of the character evolved throughout the first season. We went through a couple of iterations of trousers because they initially had me in leather trousers. I mean, I'm designed in a certain way that things are forced into a stretched position. So, once that happens, the leather just didn't go back to its natural shape. It ended up being a little bit saggy in places, which was not a great hero, attractive look."
Fortunately, the crew kept working on the design, and slowly, the final look for Geralt crystalized on set, and allowed Henry Cavill to inhabit the mindset of his character at a deeper, psychological level.
"Eventually, the costume evolved, the wig evolved, the makeup evolved. Once we had it nailed, the experience in the morning - the two hours of hair and makeup and getting into costume - was transformative. It was something which by the time I was out of hair and makeup, my body language changed. I was moving differently. I was talking differently, obviously, but not just the voice, which Geralt has, but the intonation changed. My interaction with my dog even changed. He still saw me 100% as me. He didn't freak out at all, or anything, but just the way I started interacting with the world changed a lot."
The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as Geralt alongside Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier. Season 1 is now available on Netflix, with The Witcher Season 2 resuming production sometime this August. This news originated at Variety.