Cavill met Superdad Crowe at school

Henry Cavill met Russell Crowe when he was at school

Henry Cavill has said he was inspired to become a movie star by a teenage meeting with Russell Crowe - now playing his dad in Man Of Steel.

The new Superman told GQ magazine he met Russell aged 16 when the actor filmed scenes for Proof Of Life at his school.

Henry, an extra in the film playing rugby, said: "I thought we kind of look ridiculous, standing there, looking over at this famous actor. And I want to be an actor. So I thought I may as well go over and ask this guy about it."

The Tudors actor Henry says Russell, 49, told him "the pay was pretty good but they treat you like s***".

When Russell started being mobbed for autographs, the teenage Henry helped him to escape through the scrum and was later rewarded with a box of Russell goodies sent to the school, including a signed photo that read: "Dear Henry, a journey of 1,000 miles begins in a single step. Russell."

Now Henry has been cast as Clark Kent in the new Superman film and Russell as his biological father, Jor-El.

Henry, 29, only revealed their earlier meeting to Russell when they were training together and the older actor couldn't remember why his face seemed familiar.

He said: "We talked about how it's hilarious and great and wonderful; how he's playing that part, and this being the biggest moment of my career. And he's here.

"It's one of those moments where you think to yourself - just what are the chances?"

Man Of Steel is out in cinemas on June 14.

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