The Witcher Showrunner Says Henry Cavill Was "Really Annoying" Playing Geralt

According to a showrunner of The Witcher, Henry Cavill, the former star of the series, was "very irritating."

In October, it was announced that Liam Hemsworth would take over from Cavill for the fourth season of The Witcher.

Fans were especially stunned by this news, as Cavill's portrayal of Geralt of Rivia was exceptional, receiving acclaim from both critics and video game enthusiasts alike.

Cavill was widely regarded as an ideal fit for the role, thanks to his genuine passion for the video games and books. He was reportedly relentless in his pursuit of the part, frequently badgering agents and creators to the point of exasperation.

Upon learning of a potential The Witcher series, the star immediately contacted his agents in order to set up a meeting with showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

Cavill had a strong desire to play Geralt of Rivia, the supernatural monster hunter, and was eager to land the role. However, according to Vulture, he was a bit premature in his pursuit, as Hissrich had not yet even written the script when he initially reached out.

Despite having his agents' requests for a meeting turned down, Cavill persisted in his pursuit.

After persistent requests for a meeting, Hissrich eventually agreed to meet with Cavill.

"He was really annoying," she shared, recalling that she told Cavill: "I will meet with you. The show is not green-lit. There is nothing. Thank you. Now I have to go write the show."

Cavill has also acknowledged that he was quite persistent in his efforts to secure the role of Geralt.

"It was something I wasn't going to let pass me by without giving it my best shot," Cavill told Vulture. "I annoyed my agents all the time. They said, 'They're not ready.'"

When Hissrich eventually penned the script for the Netflix series, she and her team reportedly auditioned a total of 206 actors for the role of Geralt.

Before long, however, she came to the realization that Cavill was the ideal choice for the role.

And it certainly turned out to be the right decision. Cavill immediately began training in order to perform his own sword fighting and stunts, eliminating the need for a double.

"I spent all the free time when I wasn't on set with a sword in my hand, getting used to the weight," said the actor at the time.

"I had three swords where I lived, four at work. It was practice, practice, practice."

There has been much speculation regarding the reasons behind Cavill's departure from The Witcher prior to season four.

While some reports suggest that Cavill was fired, others indicate that he voluntarily left due to the series' lack of adherence to the source material.

One theory that has already been debunked is that Cavill was departing in order to reprise his role as Superman in the DC Universe. However, he has since confirmed that he will not be returning to portray the Man of Steel.

Regardless of the cause, Cavill has been gracious in accepting Liam Hemsworth as his replacement.

In a statement shared on social media, he directly addressed Hemsworth and conveyed the following message: "Liam, good sir, this character has such a wonderful depth to him, enjoy diving in and seeing what you can find."

In the meantime, fans will have the opportunity to see Cavill portray Geralt for one final time in season three of The Witcher, which is set to release this summer.