Henry Cavill Gets Real About the Financial Perks of Being an Actor: 'I'm Not Just Doing This for the Art'
By Meredith B. Kile
Henry Cavill might play Superman, but in real life, the actor’s giving off some billionaire Bruce Wayne vibes in his latest interview with Man of the World.
“I’m slightly wary of saying this, because it can be frowned upon, certainly by members of my community and people outside my community…but I’m not just doing this for the art,” the 32-year-old actor admitted. “The money’s fantastic and that’s something which I deem—and again, it is frowned upon—very important.”
And the actor’s not shy about how he spends his money either, telling the magazine, “You’ve got to enjoy life!”
“When I’m making money I’m spending it on nice stuff, whether that be lavish holidays for me and my friends or just seeing something and going in a shop and saying, ‘Yeah, I want that for the house,’ and buying it,” Cavill said. “Spending money on my friends, buying dinner for everyone, drinks for everyone, it’s a nice place to be, and I like people to feel cared for.”
“People will be calling me a cock as they’re reading this, but travel’s great as long as you’re going first class,” he continued. “I mean, traveling to New Zealand in economy, it sucks. Especially if you’re over six feet. But first class? I’m not going to ever pretend to be coy about that. I love it.”
The actor is set to play Clark Kent/Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and DC’s upcoming Justice League projects, but there’s a special spot in his heart for 2015’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the classic ‘60s spy series that Cavill feels didn’t get the love it deserved.
“It didn’t do badly, but it should have done better, because everyone I’ve spoken to loved it,” he explained. “Maybe it should have been marketed slightly differently so people went in feeling that it was something else. I snuck into the Odeon to see it on High Street Kensington, and all the trailers beforehand were for these explosive action movies. They were being set up and prepped for a sort of Mission Impossible-type film, and it’s not—it’s a tongue-in-cheek spy thriller with some genuine comedy to it.”