Henry Cavill Explains the "Long, Long Journey" of Geralt's Wig in Netflix's The Witcher

Henry Cavill Explains the "Long, Long Journey" of Geralt's Wig in Netflix's The Witcher

It was a "nightmare" project for a fair while.

When Netflix revealed their first look at Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia in the middle of last year, the reception wasn't exactly stellar. Critics pointed out one thing in particular about Cavill's take on the character: that very bad wig.

Speaking to Vanity Fair in a new interview, the actor goes into detail on the process behind Geralt's wig. "The wig was a long, long journey," Cavill says. "Jacqui Rathore, who was in charge of the wig for me, she was having nightmares about that wig. She was taking it home every night - I think she had three of them - she was taking them home every night, working on them more and more and more.

Cavill goes on to say that by the time they were working on reshoots for the debut episode, the wig was "on point." Whether Netflix's show got a satisfactory wig for Geralt is still very much up for debate, but one thing's clear: it's a hell of a lot better than when Cavill's Geralt was first revealed in a teaser trailer last year.

Elsewhere in the interview, Cavill talks about dirtying up Geralt in between takes. He'd tell the crew that he needed "more dirt on me," and if they didn't provide what the actor thought was a suitable amount of dirt for the character, he'd go and "stand out in the rain" and "roll around in puddles" in between takes. The life of an actor isn't all glamour.

Season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher began filming earlier this year in January, before being postponed in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It's currently slated to restart filming in August, and showrunner Lauren Hissrich has recently arrived back in London from the US in preparation for production to begin.

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