There’s no question that Henry Cavill’s life was a lot easier in some ways before he was cast as Superman in 2013’s Man of Steel or August Walker in 2018’s Mission Impossible: Fallout. In those days, he was best known for a costarring role on Showtime’s The Tudors (2007-2010) as well as films like Immortals (2011) and The Cold Light of Day (2012). In some ways, he flew under the radar, but now that he’s upped his profile, he’s had to put up with media scrutiny about even something like a mustache, a controversy that plagued him for quite some time when the one he had for Fallout had to be digitally removed for reshoots of Justice League (2017) to middling — and disparaging — results. In a sense, he’s being examined for every move now more than ever.

“It is a microscope,” he explains in an exclusive interview pulled from the archives to commemorate the him turning 36 (on May 5), “and you’ve just got to remember that the people who are really important to you in your life, when they’re inspecting you under a microscope and finding flaws, that’s a really bad thing. But for everyone else, they’re fully entitled to their opinions and they can fly away, they can troll on the Internet forums and do whatever they want. And good for them.”

“Is it hard to deal with?” he adds rhetorically. “Not really. If I were to take everyone’s comments to heart, then of course I think it would be very hurtful. There’s also wonderful stuff out there, too, so I’d be somewhere between having an enormous ego and a very small, crushed one. It’s all part of the entertainment. It’s going to happen and people are going to express themselves, which is great. If they’re talking, it means they’re being entertained one way or the other, so carry on.”

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