There is little doubt that Henry Cavill went through a lot just to play Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher. However, the Justice League star has just revealed that once he got handy with the sword, it was even more difficult to maintain safety while filming.
Cavill is currently promoting his new Netflix series and during an APAC press conference at the Conrad Hotel, he admitted that learning Geralt's moves wasn't easy (via Comicbook.com).
"It was very different because of the athleticism of Geralt's fighting style," Cavill said. "[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."
While fighting on uneven terrain was difficult enough, Cavill also confirmed that he had to be extra careful when swinging his sword around on the set.
"The trickiest thing about fighting on set with a heavy weighted sword is that you're not actually swinging it to kill someone," he said. "So it's really stopping the sword is the trickiest bit. 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."
We're hoping that Cavill managed to avoid chopping off fingers, toes, and entire limbs while working on The Witcher. Needless to say, all of his efforts have truly been worth it.
The Witcher is currently streaming on Netflix.