The Witcher director Marc Jobst recently shared about Henry Cavill‘s exit from the show, applauding him for his dedication to a smooth transition.
On the Netflix fantasy series, Cavill portrays Geralt of Rivia, who will now be played by Liam Hemsworth beyond Season 3.
Part II of Season 3 of The Witcher (Cavill’s final episodes) was so popular that it shot up to the number one spot on Netflix’s Top 10.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Jobst had nothing but good things to say about Cavill’s portrayal of the character. He noted that Cavill performs all of his own stunts, which is atypical for big name actors but seemingly worth it in the end.
“Well, look, Henry has done three series, these are demanding shows to make, you know, they are huge,” he said. “Henry does every single beat of his stunts, he won’t even allow a hand, if you’re doing a close up of a hand grabbing a sword, it has to be his hand.
So, normally, what you do is you bring in a double, Henry will go off and shoot some other scene in which he’s in somewhere else, and you get somebody else into the hand, so that you don’t have to bother your number one. Henry won’t do that, and as a result of that, the results are extraordinary. You’re working with an incredible athlete, first and foremost, who works out hours before, and hours after, you’ve been shooting for 12 hours, and who cares deeply about the work that he does.”
Jobst expressed his understanding of how intense an exit from such a large lead role can be and that he respected Cavill’s decision to leave the series.
“That’s draining on your number one, so after three series, I feel, ‘Okay, he’s brought the show into being, and if he feels like he’s done what he can, I trust him,” he said. “That focus that he has, that desire to get it right, is a gift to work with, because it elevates everybody to say, ‘Good enough isn’t good enough. It’s got to be fantastic.’ We all want to work like that, we all don’t wanna make something that’s good, we want to make something incredible.”
Season 3 of The Witcher is currently available to stream on Netflix.