Henry Cavill comments on missing out on Robert Pattinson’s role in Twilight films


Henry Cavill on missing out on Robert Pattinson’s role in Twilight films: ‘I got close to a bunch of stuff and didn’t get it’

Henry Cavill has spoken about missing out of the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, as the film’s author Stephenie Meyer had hoped he would get the role.

The 39-year-old star, appearing on Happy Sad Confused podcast Wednesday, said that he was not aware Meyer had hoped he would get the role, which he was passed over for at 24 due to being too old to play the high school vampire.

The British actor said he felt there was no rivalry with Pattinson because he never knew he was wanted for the role in the first place.

The latest: Henry Cavill, 39, has spoken about missing out of the role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, as the film’s author Stephenie Meyer had hoped he would get the role

‘I didn’t know about the movie,’ Cavill said. ‘I didn’t know about them wanting to cast me and the internet wasn’t quite the tool that it is now and so I only found out afterwards. I was like, “Oh okay, that would have been cool.”‘

Cavill, who has gone on to play Superman and appear in the Mission: Impossible franchise, said that he has been in the running for a number of prominent roles in his career, but didn’t mind missing out.

‘Essentially, I got close to a bunch of stuff and didn’t get it, but it’s funny that people think that’s a bad thing,’ Cavill said. ‘In Hollywood – or in the acting industry – everyone’s trying to get a role and they’re not necessarily getting them.

‘And so, to get an opportunity to be in the limelight by missing out on the big roles is actually a good thing as opposed to a bad thing. And I count my lucky stars for each one of those.’

Meyer said on her blog in 2007 that she had hoped that Cavill could have played the role, which launched Pattinson's career to the A-list

Meyer said on her blog in 2007 that she had hoped that Cavill could have played the role, which launched Pattinson’s career to the A-list

Cavill, appearing on Happy Sad Confused podcast Wednesday, said that he was not aware Meyer had hoped he would get the role

Cavill, appearing on Happy Sad Confused podcast Wednesday, said that he was not aware Meyer had hoped he would get the role

Cavill said of missed role, 'Essentially, I got close to a bunch of stuff and didn’t get it, but it’s funny that people think that’s a bad thing'

Cavill said of missed role, ‘Essentially, I got close to a bunch of stuff and didn’t get it, but it’s funny that people think that’s a bad thing’

Meyer said on her blog in 2007 that she had hoped that Cavill could have played the role (which launched Pattinson’s career to the A-list) but he had aged out of the tole by the time the project had reached production.

‘Years have passed, my actors have aged, and I think the time has come to recast the Twilight Movie. (For fun, of course! I still have no say in who gets hired.),’ Meyer wrote. ‘The most disappointing thing for me is losing my perfect Edward. 

‘Henry Cavill is now twenty-four-years-old. Let us have a moment of quiet in which to mourn…’

Cavill said that he has been in the running for a number of prominent roles in his career, but didn't mind missing out

Cavill said that he has been in the running for a number of prominent roles in his career, but didn’t mind missing out 

The A-list actor spoke with host Josh Horowitz about his career on the podcast

The A-list actor spoke with host Josh Horowitz about his career on the podcast 

Pattinson went on to headline the popular Twilight series opposite ex Kristen Stewart

Pattinson went on to headline the popular Twilight series opposite ex Kristen Stewart 

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