Why would anyone want to throw coins at Henry Cavill? As far as we can tell, he’s a good guy, and as a star of the big and small screen he’s probably doing okay financially. Well, if you don’t know why fans might think of throwing spare change at Cavill, then you probably haven’t seen his Netflix series The Witcher. For his part, Cavill does know exactly why fans might think of tossing money his way, and he has a warning for them.
During an interview from earlier this month with BBC Radio 1, film critic Ali Plumb asked Henry Cavill to respond to some comments from Witcher fans posted across social media. One fan wrote, “I feel sorry for Henry Cavill. For the rest of his life, wherever he goes, people will toss coins at him.” The comment elicited a chuckle from Cavill and Plumb asked the actor whether or not this has actually happened. Thankfully, Cavill responded that it hadn’t. “No one yet,” Cavill said. Then, looking directly at the camera, Cavill warned, “but, I mean, watch this space. Also, don’t throw anything at me. I’ll throw it back.” In the last few seconds, he looks serious enough that you get the sense of how a few of those CGI monsters in The Witcher feel in their final moments. You can see the video below.
If you don’t know what’s going on here, well, The Witcher is based on a series of novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Henry Cavill’s character Geralt is one of the few remaining Witchers — warriors mutated by magic who hunt monsters for pay. Because the powers Witchers wield come from the same magic fueling the monsters they hunt, your average citizen in Geralt’s fictional world look at Witchers the same way people in the real world look at dentists — they often need their services, but no one likes them (apologies to any dentist readers, we joke because we love). In season 1 of the Netflix series, to help combat Geralt’s negative image, the bard Jaskier comes up with the absolute earworm of a song, “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.” As MovieWeb points out, the song became a viral hit, leading to the concern that some fans may take it too seriously.
If a fan were to try to pelt Henry Cavill with change, it would be far from the first time fans confused fiction with reality. MovieWeb points out examples like fellow students in real life treating Emma Watson as if she were Harry Potter‘s Hermione, while Lena Headey was actively avoided by fans because they feared she was just as evil as her Game of Thrones character Cersei Lannister. It may be only a matter of time before Cavill finds bus fare being hurled at him by fans.
If you’re interested in checking out Henry Cavill’s turn as Geralt of Rivia, The Witcher‘s second season recently dropped on Netflix and both fans and critics are raving. The Hollywood Reporter recently named it the most improved TV series of 2021, and they’re not alone. Between the series’ inaugural season and its second, its Rotten Tomatoes score went from a barely passing 68% to an approaching perfect 94%. Meanwhile, its popularity is helping to spawn spin-offs like the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf and the upcoming prequel miniseries The Witcher: Blood Origin.