SHARP AS A TACK

BOSS Eye­wear am­bas­sador Henry Cav­ill em­braces his Clark Kent side, and shares with us his fo­cus on life

AugustMan (Malaysia) - - Be­hind The Seams - WORDS BY CE­LESTE GOH IN­TER­VIEW & PHO­TOS BY BOSS EYE­WEAR

FROM HIS EARLY sci-fi/fan­tasy days ‒ Tris­tan & Isolde, Red Rid­ing Hood, Star­dust and Im­mor­tals, the world has come to know Henry Cav­ill as this gen­er­a­tion’s Su­per­man, when di­rec­tor Zack Sny­der and the DC Comics film fran­chise chose him to put on the il­lus­tri­ous red cape worn by the likes of Christo­pher Reeve (1978-1987), Dean Cain (1993-1997), Tom Welling (2001-2011) and Bran­don Routh (2006).

Su­per­man’s lat­est rein­car­na­tion has al­lowed Cav­ill to ex­plore The Worlds of DC ap­pear­ing thus far as the su­per­hero from Kryp­ton in two more film se­quels since Man of Steel in 2013: Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice in 2016, and Jus­tice League in 2017. While in the mean­time, Cav­ill has taken on other lead roles in no­table ac­tion films, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E in 2015, along­side Ar­mie Ham­mer and Ali­cia Vikan­der, and the re­cently re­leased Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble ‒ Fall­out with Tom Cruise and Si­mon Pegg.

On top of that, he has also founded Promethean Pro­duc­tions with his brother Char­lie Cav­ill and Ben Blanken­ship, in his at­tempt to ex­pand his in­volve­ment in all aspects of film, tele­vi­sion and live events with a char­i­ta­ble com­po­nent, namely phil­an­thropic ac­tiv­i­ties Cav­ill is known to be deeply in­volved in in­clud­ing Dur­rell Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust, a con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tion that seeks to save species from ex­tinc­tion, and The Royal Marines Charity (RMC) with pro­vides a bet­ter qual­ity of life to both serv­ing and re­tired Royal Marines as well as their fam­i­lies.

With so many projects un­der his sleeves, you could say that fo­cus is cru­cial in ex­e­cut­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of them with heart; a phi­los­o­phy in life that runs par­al­lel with BOSS Eye­wear’s Sharpen Your Fo­cus cam­paign for the year. The part­ner­ship which was an­nounced in May could not have come at a bet­ter time, with both par­ties shar­ing the same clear and quite lit­eral mes­sage in life: to sharpen the fo­cus on what is im­por­tant.

How did the col­lab­o­ra­tion with BOSS eye­wear come about?

The part­ner­ship was a nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment, as the BOSS cam­paign mes­sag­ing, and my own ap­proach to life align seam­lessly: fo­cus ‒ an essential part of what I do and want to achieve. Be­ing the brand am­bas­sador for this cam­paign is some­thing that I en­joy do­ing as

well, be­cause I’ve al­ways been a fan of clas­sic styles, and I feel that BOSS Eye­wear has done them re­mark­ably well. The BOSS 0968/S is my favourite style from the 2018 col­lec­tion; I own it in brown Ha­vana with grey lenses. I like that it is cool, sharp and bold, but not over­bear­ing in its style, which is what I look for when it comes to se­lect­ing my style for red car­pet events dur­ing the sum­mer film fes­ti­val pe­riod.

“FO­CUS IS ONE OF THE MORE ESSENTIAL COM­PO­NENTS TO ACHIEV­ING ONE’S GOALS IN LIFE. WITH­OUT IT, WHAT­EVER YOUR VE­HI­CLE FOR ACHIEV­ING YOUR GOALS MAY BE, IT WON’T BE THE MOST EF­FEC­TIVE”

If asked to de­sign a pair of sun­glasses for BOSS Eye­wear, what would they look like?

That’s a very good ques­tion! With the va­ri­ety avail­able in the BOSS Eye­wear range, I don’t think I could set­tle for just one look. I’d like to de­sign a va­ri­ety, suit­able for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions - I’m a be­liever in time and place when it comes to what kind of eye­wear to go with.

As men­tioned, the BOSS Eye­wear cam­paign for 2018 is “Sharpen Your Fo­cus”. How would you say be­ing fo­cused ap­plies to your act­ing ca­reer, and how has it helped you a ain your goals in your ca­reer?

Fo­cus is one of the more essential com­po­nents to achiev­ing one’s goals in life. With­out it, what­ever your ve­hi­cle for achiev­ing your goals may be, it won’t be the most ef­fec­tive; a lack of fo­cus can of­ten lead to a lack of re­sults. It ap­plies in many, many ways, I sup­pose. Whether it be on a scene, de­vel­op­ing a story to be made into a movie or TV pro­gram, or train­ing to achieve a phys­i­cal look... With­out it, the best of one’s work won’t shine through.

In to­day’s fast-paced, switched-on world, how do you avoid dis­trac­tion? What do you do and where do you go when you need to re­flect and re­fo­cus?

It can be very dif­fi­cult to avoid dis­trac­tion in this new world, but for me, the place to re­set is home ‒ wher­ever that may be at the time, wher­ever I have de­cided to lay my head and have my be­long­ings. Not for­get­ting, turn­ing off all de­vices! Once in a place of rou­tine and steadi­ness, it is vi­tal for my re­fo­cus­ing process, be­fore I get up again to fin­ish what you started be­fore mov­ing on.

Who are some of the peo­ple you ad­mire and con­sider to be al­ways fo­cused?

It has to be my man­ager, Dany Gar­cia. Her fo­cus is sec­ond to none. She is a re­mark­able per­son, whom I have enor­mous re­spect for. She never ceases to amaze me!

Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble 6, or Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble – Fall­out has been pre­dicted to be one of big­gest films of the year, hav­ing al­ready grossed over USD5.3mil­lion world­wide, as one of the top 10 high­est-gross­ing film of the year. Can you tell us how it feels to be part of it?

I con­sider my­self very for­tu­nate to have worked on Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble ‒ Fall­out.

The prepa­ra­tion for the role was tricky, be­cause the char­ac­ter, Au­gust Walker was con­stantly shift­ing and evolv­ing ‒ hence the name, I sup­pose? (laughs) How­ever, work­ing so closely with di­rec­tor/pro­ducer/ writer Christo­pher McQuar­rie and pro­ducer/ ac­tor/all-round stunt­man Tom Cruise does make the process a smooth one. They are both fan­tas­tic sto­ry­tellers and con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­als.

What will the next few years look like for you? Right now, Promethean Pro­duc­tions and I are de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of projects, which shall re­main un­named for now, and will keep us busy for a while. I’ve al­ways con­sid­ered di­rect­ing a pos­si­bil­ity that I will never close the door to, and with Promethean, I get to go through the ex­cit­ing process of build­ing a story from the ground up. The won­der­ful thing about Promethean and what we do is the va­ri­ety they pro­vide for each new project that is aligned with our core val­ues, and re­cently, I’ve been busy de­vel­op­ing projects be­hind the scenes while work­ing on the var­i­ous press ac­tiv­i­ties that are part and par­cel of an ac­tor, pre­vi­ously with Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble ‒ Fall­out, and I’d think with the up­com­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller Nomis as well when it’s time for the press jun­kets ‒ an ar­du­ous jour­ney, but a rewarding one if ap­proached with a fo­cused mind. AM

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