BULGE OF STEEL

Henry Cavill Is Too Huge For His Clothes — And For Speedos

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Henry Cavill has built a career on his rather broad shoulders, as is duly noted in a recent interview the Man of Steel did with ShortList. Cavill is discussing his wardrobe and sense of style when talk turns to his celebrated physique as well as his oft-ignored peen of steel.

Have your muscles ever ripped anything you’ve owned?
[laughs] Yes. Yes they have. Who wrote that question?

This is from our online editor.
Is that a he or a she?

He.
Yes, actually, at the end of Man of Steel, I had a suit tailored for the Immortals premiere. At that stage, I was at my very leanest. It was just after shooting my shirtless scenes. At the very end of the movie, I put that suit on again for a photoshoot we were doing and I ripped the seams, the inside seams, just because my thighs were that much bigger.

Budgie smugglers or swimming shorts?
[laughs] Definitely, definitely swimming shorts. More like a parrot smugglers. A Macaw or something. Perhaps a large bird of prey. Bald eagle. There you go.

And here we are. A budgie, for those of you who are not Australian or ornithological enthusiasts, is a small, adorable, harmless little parrot. That bird may fly for Clark Kent but it should only make sense that Superman is smuggling a bald eagle in his tights.

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Cavill clearly knows who his audience is — see how he knowingly asks if said online editor is a man or a woman — so he made sure to include this warning about his next caped crusade: “I’m buying new clothes every year. I’m bigger than I was in the first Superman film, so I don’t fit the same clothes I did then.”

For kicks, let’s just remember where we started with the first Superman film.

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I think I see a bald eagle peekin’ out.

Les Fabian Brathwaite, noted bald eagle scout.