Henry Cavill's 'Man of Steel' Diet Involved Starving Himself to Look Better Shirtless

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henry cavill man of steel Just days after aspiring model Bria Murphy revealed that other women in the industry eat cotton balls soaked in orange juice to avoid gaining weight, the "Man of Steel" himself -- aka Henry Cavill -- told The Gossip Table at the new Superman flick's premiere that he "stopped eating" at one point during filming. Why?!

Specifically, he said, "I ate a lot and worked out like a fiend. But then, only for the shirtless scenes, I really stopped eating." Oh, okay, so it was just for the shirtless scenes. Ugh!

Sounds like disordered behavior to me ...

Cavill has admitted in the past that he struggled with his weight as a boy. Although he lost 21 pounds to star in The Count of Monte Cristo at 17 back in 2002, he told Details:

I’ve always been worried about my weight ... but I also don’t want to invite that debate: Henry weighs this, so he’s the perfect Superman. Or, Henry doesn’t weigh this, and therefore he’s not believable in the role.

Fair enough. But then don't tell us you gave up FOOD so you could fit the part when your shirt was off! What are stars like Cavill and Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey thinking when they reveal in interviews the extreme measures they've taken to slim down for roles? Don't they realize how completely sick and twisted it sounds? How about the movie studios endorsing that? How is that okay?

Even if stars don't mean for it to come off this way, I feel like admitting that they've starved themselves for a role is almost like endorsing it. Yes, we all have to make sacrifices sometimes for our careers, but no one should ever have to put their health at risk for flatter abs!

I guess there is a bit of a silver lining here ... This shows Cavill must be open to going the distance for his roles, so he could definitely handle playing Christian Grey!

What's your reaction to Henry Cavill's weight loss revelation?

Image via Warner Bros.

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youth... youthfulsoul

I don't think it's that big of a deal to diet for acting roles. Forget Christian Grey. He's better as Gideon Cross ;)

nonmember avatar FitnessExpert

The author is an idiot. Read a book every once in a while and try reading an article on the subject you quarrel without knowledge. There in nothing wrong with not eating and reducing calories for a defined physique. Ever heard of bodybuilding competitions of fitness physique shows? How do you think these competitors define such competent human art with precisely defined anatomy? A well executed diet and reduction of calories and pre-competition science. Arguing for the sake of arguing is pitiful.

TheLa... TheLadyAmalthea

These are actors, they do it for the part. If I were an actress I would skinny it up for parts. Personal trainers, chefs, nannies. These people have unlimited resources. I wouldn't call it an eating disorder for an actor/actress to lose or gain weight for parts in movies. When it becomes a problem is when they are done filming and don't get back to a healthy weight. This is their job, it is their craft. They get paid by how well they portray a character. Superman isn't supposed to have a beer gut, just like someone who is dying of cancer or AIDS or whatever isn't going to look healthy.

Danica Lynne Abeln

Trust me... you looked damn good in Man of Steel.

nonmember avatar presage

The writer here is RiDicUloUS!! When average citizens, mainly WoMen, start dieting to fit into that bikini or that dress for that special occasion, then you can pick on actors that have to satisfy producers and directors, and let's not forget YOU, you just teeter on stupidity....guess you really are livin' a dream world...they really are human after all-not SupeR HumaN. Ick!!

Meg Moore

hes commited.

nonmember avatar Richy Rich

So what, the guy didnt eat for awhile. Most americans could do with a little less food. Besides, Cavill looked GREAT & fit the role very well. I hope he goes far in his career & doesn't get caught up in the Hollywood or Media Hype.....

Keya25 Keya25

i want to do very naughty adult things with him. 100% no question. My goodness.

Mark Michaels

Actors often gain or lose weight for roles.

DiNero gained 40 pounds for "Raging Bull." Cavill didn't eat for Superman.

This isn't about diet it's about realism for movies. Calling it a diet is a disservice o your readers.

nonmember avatar Krista

I highly doubt he was literally starving himself and going for days without a scrap of food considering his dedication to the role and how badly that would impair his ability to think and act to his best ability. People take things way too literally. He probably meant he just cut way back for a while, which he admitted in another interview and said it was a terrible 8 weeks. No wonder he doesn't want to talk about his weight, look what results from it.

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