Henry Cavill Discusses The "Very, Very Bad" Hamstring Injury He Suffered On The Witcher Season 2
The injury was extreme, but Cavill kept filming as he recovered.
Actor Henry Cavill has spoken more about The Witcher Season 2 and has detailed the extent of his hamstring injury that he suffered on set last year. Cavill was sprinting through the woods for a scene when the injury happened. Showrunner Lauren Hissrich went to Cavill's trailer, where she learned the actor was in a "great amount of pain," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
It was discovered that Cavill tore his hamstring, and the actor characterized it as a "very, very bad tear." He said he feels fortunate that he didn't suffer a complete detachment of the hamstring.
Due to Cavill's injury, the shooting schedule changed, with his action scenes pushed to later in production. Cameras kept rolling, however, and Cavill filmed other scenes at the same time he was doing physical therapy. This was not easy.
"The difficulty was working while I was injured," he said. "Because I wanted to do more for the production--I know how important it was for them to get stuff done. So it was having to find that balance between, 'Yes, let's push, push, push,' and, 'Whoa, hold on, if I tear this further, it's the end of my action career.' That was my worst moment of the past year--professionally."
Some other details about The Witcher are included int he piece as well, like how Cavill is reportedly earning $1 million per episode for Season 2. Cavill also talks about how he doesn't plan to film any nude scenes, unless they were "specific to the storytelling."
Additionally, Hissrich said her hope is that viewers watch Season 2 and not even realize it was filmed during a pandemic as Cavill was recovering from an injury.
"What I'm most proud of is that when you watch the show, it's not a season that screams, 'We shot in a pandemic and there's only two people in every scene and Henry will never do action again because he injured his leg,'" Hissrich said. "You see none of that."
The Witcher Season 2 premieres December 17 on Netflix. A third season will follow thereafter featuring more death and monsters.
In addition to the main show, Netflix recently released the animated movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, while a prequel live-action series, The Witcher: Blood Origin, is in the works. Additionally, a second animated Witcher film and a new "kids and family" series set in the world of The Witcher are coming as well.
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