Henry Cavill Got so Ripped for 'The Witcher' He Kept Tearing His Costume | 22 Words

Netflix constantly manages to blow us away with its tantalizing original releases, and it seems its latest offering is no exception.

The streaming giant's brand new show, The Witcher, has been turning the heads of fantasy fanatics, with some daring to say it's even better than Game of Thrones (we know... very bold statement)

Now, its leading star, Henry Cavill, has revealed the lengths he had to go to for his demanding role and its truly unbelievable.

Keep scrolling to get the full story on the show everyone is talking about.

Netflix is truly pulling it out of the bag at the moment.

Whether it's renewing its much-loved shows or treating us to all-new original spectacles, the streaming giant is knocking it out of the park when it comes to its recent slate of content.

But people can't stop talking about Netflix's latest fantasy offering.

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The streaming giant's new series, The Witcher, has been whipping up a lot of attention from fantasy fans.

The show hit Netflix on December 20.

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And viewers have already been falling over themselves to give their verdicts on the action-packed fantasy drama.

Many have been comparing it to the likes of Game of Thrones

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But The Witcher is proving to be a huge frontrunner in the genre, and it's not hard to see why.

The all-new fantasy epic is set in the vast world of "The Continent."

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Complete with humans, elves, witches, gnomes, and monsters, Netflix's fantasy offering truly looks to be a visual spectacle. And there's one specific aspect of the show that fans are saying completely trumps Game of Thrones. Keep scrolling to find out.

The show chronicles the story of the intertwined destinies of 3 individuals.

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Though the show primarily centers on protagonist Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter known as, you guessed it, a Witcher who travels the countryside slaying various spine-chilling beasts.

Just like Game of Thrones, The Witcher is also based on a bestselling novella.

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The fantasy epic is based on the popular medieval book series by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski.

Though there are some differences in Netflix's adaption that slightly stray from the books.

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For the show, the story will also look at Princess Ciri and Yennefer of Vengerberg's arcs.

Unbelievably, the show has already been renewed for a second season...

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The medieval extravaganza has already been lavished with praise by critics who had the chance to view the show early before its global debut.

But there's one thing that people are saying makes it way better than Game of Thrones...

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There's no denying that Game of Thrones reigns supreme in the fantasy genre, but it looks like The Witcher may be giving it a run for its money, with viewers saying the battle scenes are putting GOT to shame.

Some are going as far as to say the fight scenes are making similar scenes in Game of Thrones look "awful."

"The fight scenes in The Witcher make Game Of Thrones fight scenes look like 2 drunks fighting outside a bar," wrote one user. "The fight choreography is insane. First fight Geralt gets into is beautifully savage. The blend of swordplay and Geralt's signs is perfection," gushed another.

And it's not just the show's fight scenes that have been heaped with praise...

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The captivating performance from the series' leading star, Henry Cavill, has also been catching the eye of fans.

His role is pretty demanding.

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After all, executing those massive fight scenes in that huge amour costume must have been pretty physically challenging.

Cavill revealed that the hair and makeup are crucial for helping him get into character.

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"Hair and makeup stuff has become an essential component of becoming the character in the morning," he confessed to Polygon

He continued:

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"One, because it takes so damn long, and two, it's such a particular look. I wanted to make sure Geralt looked like a witcher who was a badass and still remained raw."

The star went to extreme lengths during filming...

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The actor, who wore a weathered suit of armor and a long silver wig during filming, is said to have taken it all so seriously that he even "made breakfast" and slept in it. Yep, really.
The Witcher producer, Lauren Schmidt, explained: "He wanted, for instance, for the armor to look like it had been worn for years and years. So, he made breakfast in it and he would sleep in it."

According to the team, Cavill was hugely "invested" in the character.

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"We were like 'you don't have to do that by the way', but he's that invested in embodying his character.
"It was important to him. It's one of the reasons why Henry is such an important member of our team."

And it seems Cavill got very attached to his costume...

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So much so, that he admitted he took it home with him when filming concluded.
"I took it all home, yeah. It's not so easy to put on. And it took two hours of hair and make-up every day, so that's just sitting at home looking cool," he told NME

The show's costume designer also revealed some more shocking details from behind the scenes.

Tim Aslam, told Polygon that during filming Cavill's "muscles wore down the leather at such an alarming rate" that replacements were "near-constantly" being made to ensure he was camera-ready. Well, we suppose that's a nice problem to have on all accounts.

Feeling tempted to see Cavill in action? Check out the trailer below.

The Witcher is available to stream on Netflix now. If you're interested in another binge-worthy Netflix offering that viewers have been raving about, keep scrolling.