The mustache Henry Cavill grew for his role in Mission: Impossible — Fallout unexpectedly took on a life of its own last year when it took center stage in the reshoots for Justice League. With the actor contractually obligated to retain the facial hair for the Paramount Pictures action film, Warner Bros. was forced to digitally remove the mustache from any additional Superman scenes, at significant expense and with limited success. But now Cavill has parted company with what he once referred to as “this despotic ‘stache,” leaving him with mixed feelings.
The Superman actor has posted a moving video tribute to his one-time furry companion, titled “Shaved But Not Forgotten,” in which he reintroduces his face to the world, and remembers what’s been lost.
Wearing a bathrobe, and his head wrapped in a towel, Cavill acknowledges it may be difficult to recognize him without “KingStache.” “Sometimes, I even have trouble recognizing myself,” he admits in voiceover as he stares intensely at his reflection in the mirror. “It’s hard for me to admit, this is not CGI. He’s really gone.”
For that, fans will undoubtedly be grateful, as the digital removal of Cavill’s facial hair in Justice League was hardly seamless, resulting in plenty of jokes and more than a few shudders.
“I can tell you this, though,” Cavill continues, “I will remember him, always.” That, of course, cues a KingStache montage, accompanied by Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You.” If you look closely, you’ll also catch a glimpse of the post-CGI Cavill in Justice League. (You’ve been warned.)
Of course, this isn’t the first time the actor addressed the entity known as Henry Cavill’s Mustache. He first broached the subject in July, soon after reports of the complicated Justice League reshoots, writing, “There has been no discussion over whether to shave or not to shave for the JL reshoots, simply a relentless campaign to put an end to the seemingly inexorable conquest of this despotic ‘stache. It is not a question of IF I should shave — it is a question of how can we possibly be victorious against such a beast without bringing our own doom raining down upon us.”
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