At the Man of Steel premiere Monday, Henry Cavill—aka Superman—talked to People about the “brutal exercise and diet” routine he went through to get his body ready for the role.
“It’s a very, very long and involved process,” Cavill said.
“Five months before shooting there was varying stuff which ended up being mass building and then leaning down. Throughout the shoot it was just waking up and making sure I got an hour in [of exercise] before I went to work.”
An hour of exercise per day doesn’t sound that extreme, but okay. On a highly restricted diet, I can see how it could be might be grueling. Cavill called the dieting phase of his preparation “horrible” and “exhausting,” so just what exactly did they have him doing?
“They didn’t force me to give anything up,” he said. “They just cut my calories right down to 2,500 [a day]. And keep in mind, only a few months ago I’d been up to 5,000. So it was a big drop.”
Wait—what? The horrible, grueling, torturous diet Cavill went on involved eating 2,500 calories per day of whatever he wanted? That … is not a diet.
Confusingly, in another interview at the premiere, Cavill said that ”for the shirtless scenes, I really stopped eating.”
Uh, by “stopped eating,” does he mean dropped down to 2,500 calories per day? Or did he go from eating 5,000 calories a day to 2,500 to starving himself? Regardless, it seems like there had to have been a better way to go about this … Either Cavill’s got some serious body image and eating issues or Warner Bros. should spring for a better nutritionist next time.