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Henry Cavill nearly went blind after filming Netflix series 'The Witcher'

Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series 'The Witcher' is a sight to behold but did you know the actor almost went blind while filming?

By Ingrid Mateos


Henry Cavill (Instagram)

It is said that most actors are so invested in their roles that they do what it takes to give an outstanding performance like gaining or losing weight, physical changes and even going as far as injuring themselves. This was the case of British actor Henry Cavill, but it was not for his most notorious role in history, Superman, but for the supernatural monster hunter Geralt of Rivia in the Netflix series 'The Witcher.'

Actually, he revealed he dehydrated himself for days to get his “skin really thin, so it sits on the muscles” in scenes requiring him to be shirtless. And yes, it sounds awful, but it was not the worst he did in order to portray the main character. Geralt of Rivia's look is quite specific. Apart from a strong body, one Cavill already has, Geralt has white hair and yellowish eyes and for this, the actor had to wear a wig and contact lenses.


Wearing the wig implied no problem to the actor, but it can not be said the same about the contact lenses. Actually, an ophthalmologist was hired solely for the purpose of taking care of Henry Cavill's eyes. At first, it was not a problem but then, the lenses started damaging his eyes. The actor revealed that the problem was aggravated when they traveled to the Canary Islands and there was a lot of volcanic dust flying in the air noting that drying out his eyes was not the problem, but that it's the only part of your body that receives oxygen from the air rather than blood, so if you are covering up for a long time you will damage your eyes.

“My eyes were getting more and more sore. I just thought it was because it was so bright. I would literally have to go hide in the shade before each take, and then force my eyes to stay open for scenes because they were burning.” His eye technician wanted him to take his contacts out. Yet Henry Cavill refused, since he wanted to get his fellow actors accustomed to his look, and let's face it, the actor is quite stubborn when doing his job.

“When we went back to Budapest, she took me in to have my eyes checked. It turned out that whatever the dust was, volcanic, it ended up scratching my eye because it got behind the contacts and was just rubbing there for however long. It took about, I want to say three weeks to heal, and then the contacts were back in. The Witcher season 2 has finished filming and Henry Cavill has not revealed how he dealt with this problem since he had to wear the contact lenses again. The sequel is expected to be released at the end of 2021.

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