And I’m lying on the bottom of this boat and Armie is like, “Okay, Wave! Hammer: When else would you be able to take some World War II boats and race them around in a harbor in London?
Well, unless they were all huge Yellow Pages fan; Superman did like phone booths.) Ahead, Cavill and Hammer discuss the sleek The Man from U. Cavill: It’s kind of everyone’s favorite, isn’t it? I have to say, it was really uncomfortable for me because, when we’re driving around in the boat, we had to do this bit where I had to hide after the fact, because I’m not supposed to be there. But, eventually, I got out and got to sit in the car in the middle of winter, soaking wet, which was also uncomfortable. I was talking to a critic, I won’t mention his name… And Vinnie Chase is dating her and I say to him, “I’m going to choke the life out of you, don’t fucking turn your back.” That kind of thing.
When you meet Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer together, you’re overcome by two thoughts: The first one is, “These are both very handsome human beings.” The second is almost a strange sense of intimidation because Cavill and Hammer are both very tall, imposing people (I’m 6-feet tall, and it’s not often I’m the “short one” when interviewing actors), to the point that if there were some sort of altercation near us, I’m glad they were both here to diffuse this hypothetical, non-existent situation. It was an odd setup, because there were publicists, members of the commercial’s crew, and really who knows who else who just happened to be sitting in the theater as the three of us spoke. E., Hammer explains just how he wound up playing himself in this summer’s Entourage movie (this story alone might be worth the price of admission), Hammer looks back on why The Lone Ranger was such a tough sell (and we debate if critics really had ganged up on the film), and Cavill discusses if the plot of next year’s highly anticipated Batman v Superman really is a direct response to the critical reaction to Man of Steel. Armie Hammer: Honestly, the first thing is someone calls and says, “Guy Ritchie is doing it.” And you go, “I want to be in a Guy Ritchie movie. I’ll do this.” So, Steven Soderbergh was already off the movie. The only way I’ve been involved with the movie is with Guy and with Henry. So, when we see the “Clark Gable inspires Henry Cavill” headline, we shouldn’t believe them. Then Guy said, “Don’t copy the accent, make it your own and play around with it a bit.” Then, Guy eventually said to me, “Look, it kind of just sounds like you’re an English actor who can’t do an American accent.” So then we made it more American and we worked on it to make it sound like it is now. It’s the Transatlantic, affected, anglophile accent. It sets the tone for the whole movie, if that makes sense. Guy has a good ear for it, that’s why he wasn’t happy; he wasn’t going to let it sit and be like, “Eh, I guess we’ll fix it,” or, “It will do,” he just kept on saying, “It doesn’t work.” My favorite scene involves a very stylized boat chase.
(In other words: There’s a reason these two men were chosen to play Superman and The Lone Ranger.) Cavill and Hammer star in The Man From U. More than once, when one of us couldn’t think of someone’s name, a member of “the audience” would kindly let us know. (Not to mention, outside the theater, about 15 fans waited with Superman paraphernalia, that I can only assume was brought in the chance of meeting Cavill. (Cavill also talks about next year’s Warcraft film because Cavill used to be a huge Warcraft player.) Also: Don’t use the word “chemistry” in front of Henry Cavill. But that was like a third of the way through the movie when we finally settled on it. At one point, Napoleon is having a meal in a truck while this crazy action sequence plays out almost as an afterthought in the background.