Henry Cavill Double Shot

Posted on June 21, 2013

Is it us, or is he starting to look a little like Ronald Reagan? And not young, movie star Ronald Reagan.


Henry Cavill attends the premiere of ‘Man of Steel’ in Madrid in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label suit.

This is a better fit for him than a lot of the suits he’s worn for this Super-tour. We still don’t think he benefits from the vest or the thick tie, but at least he doesn’t look stuffed into this one. The purple’s a nice touch.

But our issue with his super-styling finally coalesced for us with the Reagan remark. He’s too stiff and maturely styled in a lot of ways. His image could really benefit from a tiny bit of loosening up. Bear in mind this is someone who was born when Ronald Reagan was running for his second term as President. He’s a LOT younger than he comes across sometimes. He’s TWO YEARS younger than Justin Timberlake, for instance.


Henry Cavill (pictured with Zack Snyder and Charles Roven) attends a press conference to promote his new movie, ‘Man of Steel,’ in Shanghai, China.

Like a middle-aged banker on Casual Friday.

Y’know, if they’d asked our opinion – and really, they should have – this is not the direction in which we would have gone with Henry. Clearly the goal of the new film is to make Superman look younger and fresher to 2013 audiences, so it kinda puzzles us that he gets styled in such a mature manner. How many just-turned-30 male stars dress like this casually? He looks good, of course. But that’s because he’s good-looking. We think they could choose a slightly more youthful look for his Super-poledance than this.

He’s lucky he’s so purty.


[Photo Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos, INFphoto.com]

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  • charlotte

    The thing about him is that he seems to embody his own action figure, if that makes any sense.

    • AudreysMom

      to me, it does. The helmet hair style adds to the embodiment.

  • sunsetwalker

    ditto and I want PROOF!!!

  • TheAmericaness


  • lalahartma

    I miss the Duke of Suffolk.

    • Joanne Abrams

      me too!

  • TheAmericaness

    I’m not sure he can wear a suit, period. I just don’t mean naked ;p… I literally mean that I think he’s a bit too buff overall. Overly buff guys always look like the mob or like a politician – ok, I guess there isn’t much difference there. Christopher Reeve was buff, but lanky enough to look good in a suit… he was so handsome when he put on those glasses *whistle*.

    • AudreysMom

      He wore a suit beautifully in The Tudors, so maybe he does better in period garb. I totally agree on the styling comments on the Super-tour and am also shocked that he’s younger than JT. (Though to be fair, Justin, like Neal Patrick Harris, with his babyface and in our memory of how we first knew him will always seem to be young.) Definitely they didn’t get the right stylist to get Henry’s appeal as offscreen Superman to a young audience.

      • jen

        I think he’s a lot buffer now than he was in the Tudors, which is mucking up his ability to wear suits well. Also, he is just not wearing the right suits for his build.

    • HobbitGirl

      He has the same problem in a suit that Chris Hemsworth has. Broad shoulders, very developed lats, but in a suit that just reads wide.

    • Emily

      Agree with the “too buff overall.” He needs to lose some (or a lot) of that bulk and be more Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent when he isn’t shooting films that require him to be bulky. Also, the bulk makes his head look TINY.

  • thecitysleeps

    Perfect comment is perfect.

  • thecitysleeps

    He is a bit awkward in general, bless his purty face. And his face is so goddamn pretty, he can wear whatever.

  • elirt

    Seems to me that they’re trying to go “classic” or “timeless” with his look, which is aging him.

    • AmeliaEve

      It’s the slacks. Slacks!

      • Heather

        I hate that word, let alone the garment.

      • NOLA_gal

        He should try a kilt! How awesome would THAT be?

  • AmeliaEve

    Can we put Henry and Brad into one of those recombinant DNA chambers (think “The Fly”) and come out with a hot guy who can dress clean but casual?

    • stephbellard

      Henry is just dressing boringly but he’s nowhere near the fashion/hair disaster that is Brad Pitt.

  • MilaXX

    These 3 piece suit are not doing him any favors at all. Just watched him on Graham Norton and he comes across as funny and laid back, but these suits, Oi!

    • largishbearishAtlish

      will have to look for that episode- I am getting such a stiff/off putting vibe it would be nice to see what Mr Norton can do to loosen him up- of which Graham has a talent. He had Amy Adams giggling the other night, a nice sight.

      • Frank_821

        the episode just aired here in the US. It was delightful and Russell Crowe was riot and relaxed as well. He took gleeful command of the red chair lever. Amy was recounting how she and her infant daughter couldn’t keep their hands off of Henry’s body. Henry was sweet and funny. But it was the day he wore that wide tom ford suit with that thick knit tie

        The irony is Henry is supposedly reduced now that the movie filming is over!

    • I think that is the thing. Why won’t he listen to T.Lo? The vest is NOT his friend. And dear god if he tries a double-breasted…

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Paired with some jeans, the shirt of the second outfit could very well work.

  • MilaXX

    In causal attire he seems okay. I’ve seen him on a few chat shows and he looks fine. These step and repeat 3 piece suits just are for him.

  • HobbitGirl

    A friend of mine knows a former neighbor of his. Apparently he’s shy and awkward in person (or was a few years ago), which obviously is coming through in the clothes.

    Which he clearly should NOT be wearing.

    In fact, let’s just insist he not wear clothes at all from now on. Sounds good?

    • Mrs. Julien

      He seems shy. It’s kind of sweet really.

  • gabbilevy

    Heavens, though! Second photo of the second outfit — I just about melted!

    • Just Me

      You and me both. I had to stop the scroll to admire the perfection of all he is offering. It was one of the few times that I thought to myself, “so that’s what it feels like to drop an egg on sight!” wow, he is so pretty!

    • kimmeister

      I’m with you. That shot leaves me tingling!

  • gabbilevy

    Also, second dude in a row to sport a pinky ring. Is this a thing now??

  • Shamrockjulie

    Does anyone else see on the last pic a very detailed outline of his “Jon Hamm”? Or is a mirage? Maybe I’m just seing what I want to see.

    • calbear97

      I guess I wanted to see it too then…

  • Rand Ortega

    But TLo, at least in the pullover he doesn’t look like Stretch Armstrong in a suit. His chest is so barrel-y when he’s in a jacket/vest/both he looks like he’s filled w/ helium. Though a Macy’s Henry/Superman balloon is suddenly very appealing. I prefer the more casual Henry.

    • JesusChristSuperstrain

      That is one balloon I would pop.

    • decormaven

      Who’s dressing this cute guy? Grandpa? That pullover looks like something out of the Blair catalog, right beside the orthopedic shoes and trusses.

      • Rand Ortega

        HAHAHA! Trusses!

  • Shawn EH

    Lose the vest and the fuzzy tie. They’re just overkill on a body that buff.

  • Cynica

    Less hair product, please.

  • Just Me

    Hey, he changed out the designer in the first picture and is wearing a black tighter-fitting polo in the second picture. I’d say that is progress, especially since the Bitter Kittens who saw the other pictures, sighed deeply and watched yet another episode of the Tudors suggested both a change of designer and that he wear a tighter polo in a darker color. Baby steps…if we can’t get him naked, (and trust me, I so wish we/me could) we have got to take what we can get. Also, he doesn’t strike me as particularly “hip or young” in interviews so the second outfit actually looks good to me. Would I have preferred some perfectly faded jeans over the slacks he is sporting? Absolutely, but I’ll work with the kid.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Um, I’m just swooning over that perfectly shaved face.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      And here I am, longing to see 5 o’clock shadow on that perfectly shaved face. And I want to mess up his hair.

      • ailujailuj

        life isn’t fair. men shouldn’t make us hafta choose.

  • Rand Ortega

    Reagan? &… any attraction I ever had for this guy just evaporated.

  • Cz

    That second shot gives me all sorts of Feelings, though. Of course, the banker-type is my type…

    I want to be the water bottle.

  • Patrick Cleary

    He’s pretty, but good lord, every photo of him makes him look as interesting as a box of dishwasher detergent.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    am also not loving the ‘thick’ tie- looks like a something a little boy would wear (maybe thick ties are in? what sayeth you oh arbiters of style oh wise and wonderful T’lo? is this a ‘thing’?) but it just looks chunky-clunky. At first when I saw him in the more casual outfit I thought ‘thank god/s’ but once again T’lo nailed it with the comment about him looking like a 55 year old banker on casual Friday.

    who else is wondering what is on the necklace he is wearing? you can see the cord in the second casual shot.


    I’m gonna go lay down, and when I’ve recovered I’m gonna beg his handlers to rethink the grandpa wear. I can’t even.

  • Annarosa

    Not the 3 pieces suit, not on him, only on my hot professor Chris Pine.

  • Frank_821

    Yes it’s kind of sad that Zack Snyder gives off a more youthful vibe in his blue jeans than Fat Cavill does. BTW that was his nickname in boarding school apparently. Graham Norton, Henry and Russell Crowe made full use of that in a couple of stories the other night

    • Ash

      Fat Cavill. Or was it Fatty Cavill?
      If he was made fun of for his appearance,when he was younger, it would explain why he’s seemingly so sweet and shy; he’s probably still a bit insecure, even though he is just breathtakingly beautiful.
      I remember seeing him in ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ many years ago and, then, wearing out the VHS tape because I kept rewinding his scenes. And I only started watching The Tudors because of him. Oh, how I drooled over those nekkid full length shots of him. So so purty.
      He’s not a bad actor either.

  • norseofcourse

    Holy Gipper hair, you’re right!

  • alyce1213

    Apart from the physical perfection, he has bright, engaged eyes and the sweetest smile ever.

    I really wish you had not brought up Ronald Reagan.

  • golden_valley

    OMG you’re right! The hairstyle he’s wearing while in the suit is totally Ronald Reagan! I hope he drops that soon….it tarnishes his image.

  • majorbedhead

    Oh. OK, now I get it. I didn’t get it, until I got to that picture where he’s smiling, but now? Ohmahholyhell, he’s gorgeous.

    I still hate that thick, knit tie, though. A lot.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Those ties only work on really skinny guys.

  • marlie

    He even looks younger in the second look. They do need to change up his appearance a little. Then again, he COULD be Pitting. Maybe we should be happy with “middle-aged banker on casual Friday.”

  • TigerLaverada

    He is amazingly purty. Agree on the mature look they’ve got him in, but I think it’s his body language, too — in every pic I’ve seen of him on this poledance tour he’s looked a bit stiffnecked. Maybe he’s not used to the media onslaught yet.

    • RedRaven617

      Stiffnecked? That is an understatement. He looks like there is a stick up his a….

  • Coolekat

    I think it’s time for a google images search.

  • I really don’t like those thick ties he seems to like. I do like this brown shoes, though. I don’t know about with that suit – I wouldn’t say I know much about pairing men’s shoes with suits – but I do like the shoes.

  • Jaime

    I still remember him as a gorgeous gawky teenager in Monte Cristo. Age notwithstanding, I liked him better with a little less bulk.

  • JP

    He actually looked pretty good on The Graham Norton Show last night (US, the UK got to see him a week ago), but yeah, it’s very banker-ish.

  • GillianHolroyd

    You say middle-aged banker on casual Friday and I say emulating Alain Delon in a pullover.

  • ailujailuj

    OK. I saw a movie he was in recently – starring Bruce Willis. It was so bad I can’t remember the name of it. BUT… here’s my theory on the guy: He is a very physical Claude Van-Damme kind of guy – just looks so good on screen has an engaging face, body – looks scrumptious in closeups with sweaty beardscruff and aguished squints. But is still learning how to act and do that publicity thing. His posture (why is he always leaning – and why is he directing traffic?) is often awkward – even (especially) when he’s sitting. I mentioned on another thread that he has such a sexy silhouette that is not coming through the shitty vest situation.

    He needs some dance classes and a young stylist who has an filthy crush on him.

    I give him a couple of indie films with romantic story lines and more practice and he’ll work it out.

    • formerlyAnon

      “He needs some dance classes and a young stylist who has an filthy crush on him.”

      Hahahaha! I am envisioning a “Style Doctor to the Stars” who has prescription blanks printed up with this on them.

      • ailujailuj

        Heh house calls and fluffing – extra.

  • carolynmo

    Yes, he’s incredibly handsome, but more than anything? He looks very uncomfortable–overwhelmed.

  • msdamselfly

    totally agree

  • Kate Kealey

    Agreed. The suits are way too stuffy and old. They make him look like a wax figure. It’s as if his skin goes pale and he looks like he’s on the verge of passing out. The casual second look, while being still too old-fashioned, is much better. He looks alive, more relaxed, and appears to have a personality in those pics.

  • Re: Casual Friday Banker
    Can I be his secretary? His very naughty Secretary?

  • fitzg

    I saw him in the movie version of “I Capture the Castle” (with Romola Garai as Cassandra Mortmain) and he seemed about 18 and, as fitting for the part of Stephen Colley, pretty Greek sculpture-esque. And I REALLY REALLY could not suspend my disbelief enough to accept the fact that Romola Garai refused his declarations of love and went for the half-American (in the movie) man-child Henry Thomas instead. (I do have a life, I swear . . .)

    • dorothea_brooke

      Really. And as gorgeous as Rose Byrne is and was, it was a little hard to buy Romola Garai as the homely sister.

      I still love that film though. Bill Nighy! And Topaz!

      • fitzg

        Was she supposed to be homely? I read the book so long ago, I can’t remember I thought she was just supposed to be, you know, not!Rose. Who was awful anyhow.

    • Ash

      I remember feeling the same way! I believe my exact reaction was: ‘Pffffft! As if! What the fuck is wrong with her?’

  • AnniNoone

    How is it that Hugh Jackman dresses himself so that it took me years to realize he was cut, but Henry up there (who is GORGEOUS, if only he’d frame it right) looks like a ‘roided out banker? Is it just vests and thick ties, or is there more to it?

  • SugarSnap108

    He is wearing a pinky ring. It’s all I can see.

    • Ash

      Maybe the pinky ring is a family signet ring that I’ve heard some upper class British, and other European families, wear? (I should point out that I heard this from a friend, whose knowledge of signet rings is limited to what she’s read in Jilly Cooper books.)

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Henry is just not my cuppa, I don’t know why.

  • stephbellard

    LOVE his man tits in the second bunch of pics and BITE YOUR TONGUE for ever comparing this slice to the grossness that was Reagan.

  • formerlyAnon

    Bored with generic American Male (brick shithouse variant) vibe.

    I KNOW that’s sort of the whole Man of Steel concept.

    Still bored.

  • jw_ny

    He may be purty, but he doesn’t give me a rise. He’s like a robot…even when he smiles. I’ve no desire to see the movie because of that. If he would loosen up and show a glimmer of personality, I may change my opinion of him.

    I absolutely hate the fat knot of his tie.

  • Nicola Anna Molly Page

    From the waist up on the second outfit…. Oh baby. Full view? All I can see is dad socks. He NEEDS a properly tailored suit. Or, y’know… A loin cloth.

  • conniemd

    He’s Matt Bomer without the charming bad boy look. Forget Reagan, Cavill looks like a damn FBI agent. They always look like serious stuffed shirts.

    • ailujailuj

      I’ll play FBI with him. We can hunt down Matt together.

  • Donna Tabor

    He’s definitely more Mitt Romney than Ronald Reagan.

    Either way, that’s not good.

  • ventureforth

    I think this whole sartorial tragedy is Chris Pine’s fault. Pine worked his Star Trek publicity appearances in those incredible, perfectly fitted 3 piece suits with added beard, and hot damn he went from adorable Kirk to not-actually-a-D ILF. He made looking like a grownup, rather than a manchild, look easy but of course it’s not.

  • kimiakay

    The only thing wrong with his clothes is that there are too many of them! In every single shot. I am rather shocked he is younger than Justin T.

  • MissMariRose

    I think it would have helped enormously if they’d run with Graham Norton’s nickname for him. You can’t help but like a guy called “Fat Cavill.”

  • Karen Dickerson

    Oi, his jaw/cheekbone combo makes me weak at the knees. *fanning herself* LAWD.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I wish he and Brad Pitt could meet in the middle. Brad looks like Biker Bar Friday, and Henry looks like an afternoon at the country club. I am hard pressed to say which looks more painful. Henry is so freaking beautiful it’s not funny, but he looks like an android. I would love to see him look just a little rumpled, comfortable, and casual. Or maybe with a lot less clothing on.

  • cowper

    Purple tie = what every corporate American guy wears to show that he is hip.

    • ailujailuj

      ! Purple is sofuckingtotally the new gray for the metroman.

      • cowper

        Ha! I can see a parody called “Metroman”: “It’s a girl! It’s a gay! It’s….Metroman!” The fashionista’s version of “Spaceballs.”

  • NOLA_gal

    Purty indeed! But those suit pictures make him look kind of like a stealth zombie – like he’s hiding some kind of life support equipment in that weirdly rigid and stuffed-looking suit jacket. *ahem* …or is that just me?

  • Candigirl1968

    I feel like he’s dressing for his pre-Superman body, which was much smaller. By the time Henry figures things out (because he doesn’t seem to be improving), the Superman pole dance will be over.

  • ailujailuj

    goog “The Cold Light of Day” – stupid title, bad movie, scrumpdillyitious Hank.

  • CeeQ

    Reagan? Oh thanks guys, I just lost my boner.
    Even still – agree. Not loving the styling here or for the other events.

  • ailujailuj

    Do we have a determination on the trending pinky ring?

  • *Checks Wikipedia* He’s YOUNGER than me? Boy, he sure doesn’t look it here. Get that boy some jeans, stat.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I just think he looks like Buzz Lightyear’s brunette brother. Which is to say a Pixar figure. Which is to say: animatronic.

  • demidaemon

    I can get behind the second look (especially in that it has significantly less layers that need to be removed and that he can make drinking water look pretty dang hot) but that suit, while immaculately tailored, is, again, stripping away all his hotness. Why, Henry? Why?

  • JauntyJohn

    I’m feeling charitable, so I will just offer… perhaps they’ve been trying to go for some kind of “classic” vibe.
    Not that they’re succeeding, just offering a theory as to the “why.”

  • Janet B

    I really like the black pullover on him, add a pair of casual pants and interesting shoes and he could shed 5-10 years.

    The purples are a vast improvement over the all grey looks. I guess the vest is a call back to Clark Kent, but the tie is all wrong. Just once I’d like to see him wear a red tie and a pair of Clark Kent glasses.

  • Mary229

    Henry has always looked more mature than he is. He was 24 on The Tudors with a love interest 13 years older than he was. It’s actually refreshing bc he plays well against older women and presets a counterpoint to the constant older guy/young girl situation. He’s really best working with people who are older than he is.

  • Sonja Brisson

    Mature, manly, poised, classic,shaved and groomed is nice for a change, although I agree, the suits themselves could use a rethink. How about some Brioni or Zegna cool Eurostyle? But no matter. Sir Henry is most refreshing after all the facial scruff, dirty hair, baggy pants, looking stinky, bad hair, (Brad Pitt, anyone?), fake hipster looks we have see on guys young and not-so-young in the public eye. He looks like a MOVIE STAR.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    I never get worked up over Men in Movies. But having seen him shirtless in “Man of Steel,” I quite simply don’t give a damn what he wears, I’d eat him with a spoon, any day of the week.

  • Anniebet

    Hmm, he’s much better with a casual, slightly scruffy look. And please, no slinky knit shirts, Henry dear – too much moobage , IMO. He’s so gorgeous, he just needs to find his sweet spot and stick with it.

  • Esz

    They need to put him in a nice fitting slim pair of dark jeans and a simple white v-neck tshirt. Pretty boy like him doesn’t need much ornamentation.

  • M. H. Leader

    You know, he’s getting some good stylist advice in one respect: He keeps his hands out of his pants pockets on the RC! How many other male stars shove their hands in their pockets and ruin the lines of their garments?

    I do actually like the casual look #2 above. I’m not at all crazy about the stodgy suits, though. They are too old for him for sure.

  • Sunraya

    I can’t believe how much better he looked in The Tudors. It’s just weird!

  • librarygrrl64

    At least the second outfit looks better and more casual than the first.