Henry Cavill once admitted, "truly, I don't consider myself famous... but if anyone does ask for an autograph, it's a wonderful feeling." The actor better get used to that feeling, which hopefully he still thinks is wonderful, as his fame is on the rise this year. Being touted as the "Breakout Star" of 2013 was just the beginning, now Cavill is being called the perfect Christian Grey by International Business Times. The January 15 report listed the top 5 reasons why he is made for the role but fans have taken to social media platforms to insist there are many more to add to that list.
IB Times notes his powerful role as Theseus in "The Immortals," his gentlemanly nature, mesmerizing stare, young age, and availability. Simple, yet important, these reasons all make him a great fit for the sought after lead role in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Yet fans have come up with some even more compelling reasons, most of them circling the fact that he is gorgeous. An Examiner commenter gushed, "He looks AMAZING, and so in control. He really is the perfect Christian Grey, no one else can compare! He has it all, I don't believe anyone could light up the screen in this role like he would!" Superficial as this may seem, having a Christian Grey that melts the hearts of women will be crucial in garnering large box office numbers. Women fell in love with the "Fifty Shades" trilogy because they fell in love with Christian. The actor who fills his shoes will have to be nearly perfect. Fans feel they have found this embodiment in Henry Cavill.
The Henry Cavill Facebook Fanpage has over 23K followers and is growing daily. Although the site is not dedicated to the actor being cast as Christian Grey, the founders believe he would be a good choice. When asked about Henry being considered for the role they gave the following statement.
"Henry Cavill, above all other fan casted actors for this role, has the classic, timeless handsomeness to truly embody and manifest the enormity of impact that happens for women when in Christian's presence in E.L. James's "Fifty Shades of Grey". As Charles Brandon in Showtime's "The Tudors", Henry stole the screen as the Casanova Playboy. As Theseus in "Immortals (2011)" and as Will Shaw in "The Cold Light of Day (2012)" Henry proved he can play the tortured soul. Having seen Henry in person on three occasions, I can attest that the charisma Henry emanates is truly palpable. Everyone here at HCF believes that Henry would nail this role hands down if he is offered the opportunity and accepts it. Our fingers are crossed!"
Fans of the "Fifty Shades" trilogy are now picturing Cavill in the infamous playroom jeans, his popularity even surpassing Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer. Those who have long supported the above mentioned actors can see the appeal of Henry Cavill, especially after viewing online videos, his Dunhill Fragrance ad being the most popular. One "on the fence" fan tweeted about the ad, "trying to stay neutral who should play #Christian, many A+ actors, however this video screams Christian!"
Casting the "Fifty Shades" film is going to take time and as of yet there is not even a completed script or Director attached to the project. Fans are keeping up hope that Henry Cavill is being considered, especially amidst rumors of author E L James using him as inspiration for the character. There has also been some speculation that Producer Dana Brunetti's meeting with CAA last week was regarding Henry Cavill. The actor himself has spoke about the role saying, "whether that happens, that decision will be made at the time it has to be made, it would be a very different kind of thing than Man of Steel." He also sparked casting rumors when he showed up to the Critic's Choice Awards with newly highlighted copper locks, reminiscent of Christian Grey's description in the novel.
Cavill, 29, won't be promoting "Man of Steel" for a few months and an official casting announcement is far off. So in the meantime, look to social media sites for a good dose of all things Henry Cavill. One Tumblr page shows their love for the actor and wants to see him fill the sexy role of Christian Grey. Another fan uses Pinterest to expose the world to why Cavill should play the billionaire CEO.
A special thank you to the Henry Cavill Fanpage for their contribution to this article.