Henry Cavill in no stranger to strength training, having to prepare for "The Tudors" and "Man of Steel," but the actor said the preparation for "Immortals" was beyond anything he'd experienced before.
"We were given certain briefs which changed while we were training and they wanted photographic evidence of how I was doing, so it was very difficult initially," Cavill said in an interview provided by Relativity Media. "When we finally got our groove and we got our final brief of what we were going to look like, we just trained and trained and trained and trained and trained and trained. It was eight hours a day, five days a week in the gym. It was a crazy amount of training that we did... When it came to learning all the choreography, all the stunts, it wasn't as taxing as it could have been."
The Greek Mythology-themed film "Immortals" depicts the fight of hero and mortal Theseus, played by Henry Cavill, against Rourke's character, the evil King Hyperion, who strives to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity. The movie also stars Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff and "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz.
"The fight with King Hyperion is a brutal, messy, two exhausted men who want to tear each other's throats out, non-stylized, painful experience," Cavill continued. "It is in a small space and they're just throwing themselves against the walls and hitting them with anything that may try and kill them. This is the human representation of the conflict between the Gods and the Titans. These are the chosen champions on either side and this is not Wushu martial arts, Kung Fu, or anything like that. There's some Jiu-Jitsu, there's some grappling in there, some Greco-Roman grappling, but these guys just kick the crap out of each other."
Cavill credited director Tarsem Singh for creating the "Immortals" world. Singh is best known for his work on "The Cell" and "The Fall." He is also directing the upcoming Snow White film, "Mirror, Mirror," which stars Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts.
"The artistry that Tarsem has added to this, makes something completely different, makes a different world," Cavill said of the director's work. "It is a different world, it's not something we would necessarily recognize. Yes, parts of it are, but it is straight out of Tarsem's mind and it's new, it's stunning, it's beautiful, it's breath-taking yet it is dark and brutal and scary at the same time. It will provide a feast for the eyes and really get the adrenalin going.
Cavill, a 28-year-old actor best known for his work as Charles Brandon in the R-rated Showtime series "The Tudors", announced in January that he would be putting on the legendary suit in Zach Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," slated to hit theaters in December 2012. He has also appeared in films such as "Stardust" in 2007 and "The Count of Monte Cristo" in 2002.
Cavill made news recently with his engagement to girlfriend Ellen Whitaker, 25, who is a fellow British native. Cavill also donned the Superman suit in a teaser photo that was released in August 2011.
Christopher Nolan, director of the new "Batman" films, including the upcoming "Dark Knight Rises," is also a part of the "Superman" reboot. He and his writing partner, David S. Goyer, have penned the script for "Man of Steel." Nolan is also on board as a producer.
"Immortals" opened in theaters on November 11, watch a trailer below.