From his early sci-fi/fantasy days – Tristan & Isolde, Red Riding Hood, Stardust and Immortals, the world has come to know Henry Cavill as this generation’s Superman, when Director Zack Snyder and the DC Comics film franchise chose him to put on the illustrious red cape many of the likes of Christopher Reeve (1978-1987), Dean Cain (1993-1997), Tom Welling (2001-2011) and Brandon Routh (2006) have taken on in the past.
Superman’s latest reincarnation has allowed Cavill to explore The Worlds of DC appearing thus far as the superhero from Krypton in two more film sequels since Man of Steel in 2013: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, and Justice League in 2017. While in the meantime, Cavill has taken on other lead roles in notable action films, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E in 2015, alongside Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander, and the year’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout with Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg; a good thing too, as only recently he has revealed that he will no longer be starring as Superman in the upcoming DC films.
On top of that, he has also founded Promethean Productions with his brother Charlie Cavill and Ben Blankenship, in his attempt to expand his involvement in all aspects of film, television and live events with a charitable component, philanthropic activities Cavill is known to be deeply involved in with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, a conservation organisation that seeks to save species from extinction, and The Royal Marines Charity (RMC) in providing a better quality of life to both serving and retired Royal Marines as well as their families.
With so many projects under his sleeves, you could say that focus in crucial in executing every single one of them with heart; a philosophy in life that runs parallel with BOSS Eyewear’s Sharpen Your Focus campaign for the year. The partnership and ambassadorship, which was announced in May could not have come at a better time, with both parties sharing the same clear and quite literal message in life: to sharpen the focus on what is important.
How did the collaboration with BOSS eyewear come about?
The partnership was a natural development, as the BOSS campaign messaging,and my own approach to life align seamlessly: focus – an essential part of what I do and want to achieve. Being the brand ambassador for this campaign is something that I enjoy doing as well, because I’ve always been a fan of classic styles, and I feel that BOSS Eyewear has done them remarkably well. The BOSS 0968/S is my favourite style from the 2018 collection; I own it in brown Havana with grey lenses. I like that it is cool, sharp and bold, but not overbearing in its style, which is what I look for when it comes to selecting my style for the red carpet events during the summer film festival period.
If asked to design a pair of sunglasses for BOSS Eyewear, what would they look like?
That’s a very good question! With the variety available in the BOSS Eyewear range, I don’t think I could settle for just one look. I’d like to design a variety, suitable for different occasions – I’m a believer in time and place when it comes to what kind of eyewear to go with.
As mentioned, the Boss Eyewear campaign for 2018 is “Sharpen Your Focus”. How would you say being focused applies to your acting career, and how has it helped you attain your goals in your career?
Focus is one of the more essential components to achieving one’s goals in life. Without it, whatever your vehicle for achieving your goals may be, it won’t be the most effective; a lack of focus can often lead to a lack of results. It applies in many, many ways, I suppose. Whether it be on a scene, developing a story to be made into a movie or TV program, or training to achieve a physical look… Without it, the best of one’s work won’t shine through.
In today’s fast-paced, switched-on world, how to do you avoid distraction? What do you do and where do you go when you need to reflect and refocus?
It can be very difficult to avoid distraction in this new world, but for me, the place to reset is home – wherever that may be at the time, wherever I have decided to lay my head and have my belongings. Not forgetting, turning off all devices! Once in a place of routine and steadiness, it is vital for my refocusing process, before I get up again to finish what you started before moving on.
Who are some of the people you admire and consider to be always focused?
It has to be my manager, Dany Garcia. Her focus is second to none. She is a remarkable person, whom I have enormous respect for. She never ceases to amaze me!
Mission Impossible 6, or Mission: Impossible – Fallout, has been predicted to be one of biggest films of the year, having already grossed over USD5.3million worldwide, as one of the top 10 highest-grossing film of the year. Can you tell us how it feels to be part of it?
I consider myself very fortunate to have worked on Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The preparation for the role was tricky, because the character, August Walker was constantly shifting and evolving – hence the name, I suppose? (laughs) However, working so closely with Director/Producer/Writer Christopher McQuarrie and Producer/Actor/All-Round Stuntman Tom Cruise does make the process a smooth one. They are both fantastic storytellers and consummate professionals.
What will the next few years look like for you?
Right now, Promethean Productions and I are developing a number of projects, which shall remain unnamed for now, and will keep us busy for a while. I’ve always considered directing a possibility that I will never close the door to, and with Promethean, I get to go through the exciting process of building a story from the ground up. The wonderful thing about Promethean and what we do is the variety they provide for each new project that is aligned with our core values, and recently, I’ve been busy developing projects behind the scenes while working on the various press activities that are part and parcel of an actor, previously with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and I’d think with the upcoming psychological thriller Nomis as well when it’s time for the press junkets – an arduous journey, but a rewarding one if approached with a focused mind.
Interview by BOSS Eywear
Photography by Paul Wetherell
Art Direction by Ben Kelway
Styling by Beat Bolliger