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Just because Henry Cavill makes a dashing Clark Kent doesn’t mean he’s always Superman outside of Hollywood. In fact, he can have a downright Lex Luthor-like side to him at times when it comes to his love life. Let’s take a look at the darker side of the Man of Steel’s relationship history.
Superman shouldn’t brag
When ShortList asked Cavill whether he wears swimming shorts or “budgie smugglers” (Speedos, for the uncultured), he replied, “Definitely, definitely swimming shorts. More like a parrot smugglers. A Macaw or something. Perhaps a large bird of prey. Bald eagle. There you go.” Remember the old adage about protesting too much? That applies to Cavill’s comments. At least Batman’s actors are a bit more subtle with the innuendos.
He likes younger women a little too much
In 2016, Cavill’s girlfriend, Tara King, was 13 years younger than him—and she couldn’t even drink legally stateside! When asked about his barely legal love, he explained to Elle, “People say age is just a number. It’s actually real and true sign of someone’s maturity. But in this case, she’s fantastic. When I met my girlfriend, I was super intimidated. I wanted to impress her.”
He was even nervous about the whole ordeal, saying “I was thinking, ‘Don’t mess this up, man.'” Oh, calm down, Kal-El. You’re a movie star. She’s a college student. The only risk of immaturity may be Cavill’s own: you know those weird 20-somethings who hang out in high school parking lots? Think along those lines, but even older.
His last girlfriend was pretty sketchy
Cavill’s last girlfriend before King, Marisa Gonzalo, didn’t seem like a match for the actor at all. Why? Cavill is a self-proclaimed and well-documented animal lover, and Gonzalo, well, likes to post pictures of herself posing with animals she killed hunting. Celebrity Dirty Laundry reports that Gonzalo frequently leaked photos of her excursions with Cavill, and that the pair met at a Michigan gym while he was filming in the area. Once Cavill got wind of Gonzalo spilling on their affair to press, he called it quits on the relationship.
He can’t decide what he wants
While Cavill’s tastes lean towards younger ladies now, he admits that he dated a 32-year-old woman when he was 19—and he still isn’t quite sure what to do with his heart (or, uh, his bald eagle). He told Playboy, “It’s tough for anyone to be in a relationship with someone like me. It’s a tough lifestyle. If I want someone who’s a professional, they’ve got their own s*** going on.
So unless I meet someone who’s very, very young who hasn’t yet started trying a career like that, you can then go, ‘Okay, I’m going to travel with you and do some stuff, maybe I’ll write or whatever; I’ll entertain myself or build my own kind of travelling career.’ I’m looking for someone who’s my own age and will have a career. If they haven’t, then maybe I should be worried. It’s easier said than done.” We hope he finally finds her.
He won’t stop talking about sex
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in August 2015, Cavill was asked about his workout regimen. Cavill responded, “For cardio… run? That’s the savory answer.” We all know what he actually meant, especially when he looked around suspiciously and said, “It burns a lot of calories.” That same month, he told The Guardian that playing Superman is “like shagging someone for the first time. Sometimes it turns out to be amazing. Mostly you’re trying to get each other’s rhythm going. It’s on the next go that you start to expand.” Cool it, Kent. Jimmy Olsen might be listening!
Gina Carano is widely considered to be the face of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts. Her athletic achievements include her participation in the first-ever sanctioned MMA bout in Nevada. Carano defeated opponent Leiticia Pestova in an impressive 39 seconds.
Carano was influential in the introduction of women in competitive fightingher December 2006 fight against Elaina Maxwell was the first time StrikeForce, the well-known MMA promoter, had women on their card. Carano was the victor, defeating Maxwell by unanimous decision. Three years later, Carano fought Christine Cyborg-Santos in the first StrikeForce Women’s Lightweight Championship. This fight was also the first Women’s Main Card Event and was televised nationally on Showtime.
Born in Dallas, Texas, and the daughter of Glenn Carano, a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Carano was brought up in an athletic environment. Carano’s career as a Muay Thai specialist began in the famed Master Toddy Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. Under Master Toddy, Carano competed multiple times internationally, garnishing a 12-1-1 professional Muay Thai record.
Carano was simultaneously pursuing a degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but as her fighting career grew and Carano realized her passion for the sport, she chose to focus solely on Muay Thai, traveling the world for fighting events.
Carano hopes to continue to balance acting with her ongoing fight career. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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With a unique heroine like Mallory Kane, Steven Soderbergh knew he needed a singularly talented actress to fill the role. Gina Carano, sometimes referred to as the “Face of Women’s Mixed Martial Arts,” is beautiful, determined and tough as nails. She arrived at her first meeting with Soderbergh sporting a black eye she had earned in battle the previous week. Though she’s fearless in a fight, Carano, who counts Soderbergh’s previous films Traffic and Erin Brockovich as two of her favorites films, says she was a bit overwhelmed to be meeting with the director.
Starring in a film was not something that Carano ever anticipated doing. “Every kid thinks, if people only knew what I was capable of,” she says, “but I’ve always known that I’m not your typical celebrity. I don’t think I look or act like anybody else. I’m slightly awkward. So I always knew that if it was going to happen, somebody was going to have to come find me. And that’s exactly what happened.”
Soderbergh did his best to put the newcomer at ease. “I can only imagine how weird it must be for a non-actor to have a director ask to meet you and then propose building a movie around you,” says Soderbergh. “But she was game for it. I explained that we would be designing the film to capitalize on her strengths, both physically and in terms of performance. I wasn’t going to ask her to do things that were out of her range.”
The filmmaking experience left Carano with a great deal of respect for the hard work that goes into creating a movie. Even after her grueling experiences as a professional fighter, she found herself exhausted by the process. “I’ve never experienced such long days,” she says. “Not only are you putting yourself out there physically, you’re putting yourself out there emotionally. You’re surrounded by people constantly and even your body is not your own. You’ve got hair and make-up, people are picking out your clothing, you’re with all the different actors. It was the most overwhelming experience, but I also felt like we were on this adventure together.”
Giving her an added boost of confidence was the top caliber cast and crew. “Steven surrounded me with the best people from beginning to end,” she says. “He walked me through every step of the way. He gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.”
According to Jacobs, selecting the remaining cast for Haywire revolved around finding A-list actors to support the young star. “Steven and I promised the studio we would surround Gina with great actors,” he says. “Both Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender signed on early in the process. Then Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum became available. Not only are they all great actors, they are extremely nice men. Each has given his character real substance. And each one welcomed Gina and gave her incredible support and confidence.”
The first scenes Carano filmed were set in Dublin, where Mallory begins to suspect she is being set up. Irish actor Michael Fassbender plays Paul, the charming but duplicitous operative paired with Mallory for what appears to be a routine assignment. “Michael Fassbender is not only a handsome, charming man and a tremendous actor,” says Jacobs “He is also able to hold his own in a fight scene with Gina.”
“That we filmed those scenes first turned out to be a lucky circumstance,” says Soderbergh. “Michael was extremely helpful to Gina, putting in a lot of time working with her away from the set, going through the scenes and lines. It made her feel very comfortable.”
Carano admits she was so inexperienced that Fassbender had to teach her to run lines with another actor. “I’d never done that before,” she says. “Michael took me under his wing. He was really giving with his time. When we got to the fight sequence, it was great because that is my comfort zone. I was able to be physical and shine. It felt like an exchange of expertise.”
Fassbender says he signed on to the film for two reasons. “What I liked about the script was the intrigue. There are many things not said. It is an old-school espionage film, like the spy thrillers that I remember from my childhood. And I was excited to be working with Steven Soderbergh. He has an air of confidence that relaxes everyone on set. The speed with which Steven works is fantastic. It lends itself to experimentation, which gave the filming a very fluid feel. We were able to discover scenes as we went. It happened very organically. I discovered bits and pieces of Paul every day.”
The actor was also fascinated with the idea of plunging a non-professional into the world of acting. “Gina was willing to jump in headfirst,” he says. “With her fight training, she wanted to get things right. But she’s also very good at just sitting and listening to notes, taking everything in and then applying it. It’s been impressive to watch her work. She has a unique energy as well, which I think shines through.”
The idea of performing a brutal, hand-to-hand fight scene with a woman left Fassbender nonplussed. “But it was just a matter of accepting it,” he says. “Going in I had no problem knowing that she was going to kick my arse all over the place.”
The scene is one of Carano’s favorites. “We were smashing each other into everything possible,” she says. “Vases were getting smashed over heads, we were tumbling over couches, I got slammed into a flat-screen and then there’s the triangle choke at the end!”
Ewan McGregor plays Mallory’s boss and erstwhile lover, Kenneth. Jacobs and Soderbergh consider snagging McGregor a casting coup. “To have an actor of his caliber play the bad guy and Mallory’s foil was exciting,” says Jacobs. “Ewan brought so much depth to the role.”
Working with Soderbergh was a long-held ambition for the actor. The quality of the script was icing on the cake. “It was a total page-turner,” McGregor says. “The action was vivid and well written, and the plot quite complex. This is a story where everyone is playing his own game, perhaps Kenneth especially. You’re allowed bits of information here and there that unlock scenes as you go along. And the characters are not movie characters; they’re very real.”
McGregor experienced Soderbergh’s legendary speed behind the camera the minute he arrived on set. “You really don’t believe it until you get there,” says the actor. “My first scene was in Spain, where Gina and I did a walk and talk down some stairs and reveal this beautiful cityscape behind us. Steven did it in one shot. There was an air traffic control strike in France at the time, so it took me 22 hours to get from Los Angeles to Spain. I shot for maybe an hour and a half, and then it took me about 22 hours to get home.
“But there are no rules about what makes a director great,” adds McGregor. “Steven is a quiet director, but he’ll absolutely guide you in the right direction when you need it. He’s meticulous and serious on the set, very concentrated, like a surgeon, ticking off shots. But when you get back to the hotel and hang out with him, he’s chatty and amiable.”
McGregor has high praise for his co-stars. “I was very lucky to have some wonderful scenes with Bill Paxton and Channing Tatum as well as with Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas. It’s always exciting, but frankly, it was quite nerve-wracking, to sit down and start shooting a scene with those two giants.”
Channing Tatum plays Aaron, who begins the film as a member of Mallory’s Barcelona team, and her casual lover, and later becomes her opponent. The G.I. Joe star found the premise of an ass-kicking heroine appealing. “I was told that Steven Soderbergh was doing an action movie, and I said I’m in,” recalls Tatum. “I didn’t really need to read the script. He’s always on the cutting edge and I wanted to be on board. When I did read it, I thought it was so smart of him to find an aspect of action that really hasn’t been explored: a realistic female-driven espionage film.”
Working with this particular female action hero was a special treat for Tatum. “I’ve been a fan of Gina’s for a while,” he says. “I’ll admit it, I love mixed martial arts. And she is the pioneer of female mixed martial artists, so it was really cool to get to work with her. Butting heads with her was intimidating and very challenging.”
He says his father didn’t believe in female action heroes and would often say, “let me meet the female that can whup me and I’ll watch the movie.” Tatum says he was happy to call his dad and offer to set him up with Carano. “I told him that Gina was the real deal,” he says. “She simply has this incredible skillset and that’s what Mallory is in the movie. She’s smart, she’s tough and she’s lethal.”
Michael Douglas was the only cast member with whom Soderbergh had worked previously. “When Steven and I were thinking about the part of Coblenz, we always knew that we needed somebody iconic,” says Jacobs, “He’s a formidable presence. We needed somebody who has the acting chops and the gravitas. The first person we thought of was Michael Douglas.”
Carano says her scene with Douglas was the most intimidating experience of the whole shoot. On the next-to-last day of principal photography, she met the Academy Award winner at the tiny Las Vegas, New Mexico, airport on a freezing day with wind so fierce it was blowing snow sideways across the tarmac. “I think we all stepped it up a notch knowing Michael was there,” she says. “I know I certainly did. It was so cold during our scene that I got a tear in my eye while he was saying his lines and it started dripping down my face. I wasn’t going to mess him up, so I just let it go. When we finished, I was so thrilled because he applauded me for that. He told me it was very disciplined to just let it happen.”
For the role of Rodrigo, a Spanish government official involved in setting up the Barcelona deal with Kenneth and Coblenz, the filmmakers needed an actor with European charm and elegance and the onscreen charisma to hold his own with Michael Douglas and Ewan McGregor. “The scene with the three of them is in the first ten minutes of the movie and lends it a real sense of weight,” says Jacobs. “We thought getting Antonio Banderas for the part was just a pipe dream, but he signed on.”
Banderas was as delighted by Carano as his cast mates. “She’s an amazing girl and a very sweet lady for someone who can be quite dangerous,” he says. “When she arrived on the set in Barcelona for my first scene, it only took three seconds for me to surrender to that smile. Anything she wants, I’ll be there for her.”
Soderbergh’s lightning-fast shooting technique revitalized the filmmaking process for Banderas. “For actors, the speed with which Steven shoots is fantastic,” he says. “He only uses natural light and now with the new technologies we have at our disposal, the art of filming movies has become very democratic.
“It’s quite impressive to be on the set with a group of such great actors as he has assembled, and you’re filming as though it were an independent movie. You feel much more a part of the entire process. Sometimes acting is just the art of waiting in a trailer while the crew is putting up lights and adjusting the set. Usually, the actor works only 10 percent of the day; the crew works 100 percent.”
Soderbergh himself still seems slightly amazed by the cast he assembled for this film. “We were lucky enough to get people I’d always admired,” he says. “They were all intrigued by the idea of the project and intrigued by Gina. She’s completely unpretentious and charming. My assumption was that these actors would be great resources for her, and they were. They were all very, very generous. They wanted her to succeed and that helped a lot.”
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