LOOK: Henry Cavill and Lauren Hissrich Bring The Witcher to Manila

Cavill was pretty much born and raised for the role of Geralt.

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(SPOT.ph) When all is said and done, nerds will rule the world someday. They’ll have to—the movies, the music, and the creative solutions to modern problems are all inside their heads. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, known for her work on The West Wing, Private Practice, The Umbrella Academy, and now Netflix’s The Witcher, seems to have always known this secret—and the same could be said for Henry Cavill, who plays the title character. 

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Henry Cavill and showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich worked together to bring Geralt of Rivia to life.
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When host Matteo Guidicelli asked Hissrich about the choice in casting, she had this to say: “At the end of the day, what I realized [was] that as I continued writing those scripts, I always had Henry’s voice in my head.”

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“A terrifying prospect,” deflects Cavill, over the resounding "aww" of those in attendance.

Cavill left no paper unsigned at the fan meet.
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The fans brought such incredible energy to the meet, and some even showed up in cosplay!
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It’s been a long junket for the pair, for sure, doing the late-night circuit as well as the morning television rounds in North America, plus a press conference and fan meet in São Paulo, Brazil, before finally landing in Manila. When asked about their stay—as short as it’s been—Hissrich admitted to having had a walk around on her own: “It’s beautiful; nice and warm, too!”

Cavill, a self-confessed nerd, shared that the fantasy genre has always been a part of his life. “When I read just for the sake of reading, it’s usually fantasy,” he said, “and when I was a boy, my father was reading fantasy to me before I could read. [So if we’re talking] how long I was preparing for this role, I’d say my whole life.”

Cavill thanked the Filipino audience for their warm welcome and continued support.
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The two of them seem also to have a fairly synchronized idea of how Geralt of Rivia should be seen. “These are [his] adventures,” said Hissrich of her approach to battle choreography, “[but the CGI and epic fight scenes] don’t mean anything if there’s no connection between characters. Beyond the stunts, the audience has to know what this person is fighting for.”

Cavill supplemented this later with this take: “Witchers can use [basic magic, but very effectively]. Combined with their fighting prowess, they can be incredibly deadly. But, aside from all of that, Geralt’s true secret power is his capacity to love.” 

And if that doesn’t get you right in the feels, we don’t know what will. 

The Witcher premieres on Netflix on December 20.

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