|'The Tudors' Henry Cavill is the new 'SUPERMAN'|
Henry Cavill joins Andrew Garfield playing Spiderman, the Welsh-born Christian Bale, who is about to begin filming his third Batman movie, Also add Scotsman James McAvoy to the list; he’s playing Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart’s role) in X-Men: First Class, a prequel due June 3. (Irish-raised Michael Fassbinder plays First’s young Magneto, the Ian McKellen role.)
BBC America's Anglophenia blog - aksed why are so many Brits and other non-Yanks scooping up these echt American superhero roles? Marci Liroff, a veteran Hollywood casting director whose credits include Mean Girls and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, speculated that the answer lies in Cavill and crew’s combination of talent and training. “Generally speaking, actors coming from England or Australia are better trained than American actors of the same age,” she said, explaining that they have completed programs at top-flight drama schools and had extensive stage training.
“They have the skill sets needed whereas a lot of young American actors around that age don’t have the formal training,” she said. “An American maybe decided to be an actor, came to Hollywood and took a few workshops and classes, and had a certain look and got lucky.”
Also not to be discounted is what she called the “fresh face” factor. “When you’re looking to cast a superhero, you’re looking for someone who doesn’t come with a lot a baggage,” said Liroff. “You don’t want the audience saying, ‘Oh, that’s the guy who was in that TV series’ or ‘He played a bad guy in a movie last year.’ “
It’s Hambrick, though, who offers the best argument to counter the xenophobic contention that the Man of Steel must be played only by an American-born actor. “Superman,” he points out, “was from Krypton, so who exactly do you want?”