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Cavill’s commitment to the role is admirable, and even from the start, he said that “it's very important to me that when you see Geralt on screen that you know it's Geralt." As a result, he’s the one performing the sword fights and stunts in the show, not someone else whipping their silver wig back and forth. This approach comes with some risks, though, and unfortunately the actor sustained an injury that could have ended his career when he tore his hamstring sprinting in a scene.
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“It was a very, very bad tear, and I was very lucky that it wasn’t a complete detachment of the hamstring,” explained Cavill in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter of the injury in December 2020. Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich added that the entire cast and crew were shocked by the suddenness of the incident, and the actor was clearly in a “great amount of pain” when she checked on him in his trailer.
“The difficulty was working while I was injured,” continued Cavill. “Because I wanted to do more for the production — I know how important it was for them to get stuff done.” At this point, The Witcher had resumed production following delays in the summer owing to the pandemic.
“So it was having to find that balance between, ‘Yes, let’s push, push, push,’ and, ‘Whoa, hold on, if I tear this further, it’s the end of my action career.’ That was my worst moment of the past year — professionally,” admitted the actor.
Of course, the injury is totally healed now and it hasn’t had any noticeable impact on the second season nor on his health, which is definitely the more important of the two. “What I’m most proud of is that when you watch the show, it’s not a season that screams, ‘We shot in a pandemic and there’s only two people in every scene and Henry will never do action again because he injured his leg,’” said Hissrich. “You see none of that.”
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