Franco attended the Man of Steel London premiere, but says he remained in the background because it wasn’t his movie and “because I don’t think Henry Cavill would have wanted to see me there.”
But Franco doesn’t blame Henry for the supposed spat:
“Not that we’re enemies. Years ago we worked on a film together called Tristan and Isolde. I played Tristan and he played my backstabbing sidekick,” he explains. “My hunch is that he didn’t like me very much. I don’t know this for certain, but I know that I wouldn’t have liked myself back then because I was a difficult young actor who took himself too seriously.”
The actor remembers that his former co-star, even back then, wanted nothing more than to be Superman.
“What Henry took seriously back then was Superman,” James Franco said of Cavill. “He wanted to be Superman more than anything in the world,”
According to Franco, Henry was dying to do the Bryan Singer version of Superman that was being put together as we were shooting Tristan in Ireland and the Czech Republic in 2005.
Henry was in the running but, in the end, the role went to Brandon Routh.
He insists that there is no bad blood and we believe him. Henry Cavill is not only gorgeous to look at, but from all reports is a very down to Earth, unassuming star.
He has only positive things to say about Henry, who he saw from afar the night of the premiere and was “happy” for him. It was his dream come true and what his career had been building toward, Franco commented.