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Cavill: Co-stars helped my training

Henry Cavill faced a gruelling regime to prepare for Immortals
Henry Cavill faced a gruelling regime to prepare for Immortals

Henry Cavill has revealed how he relied on his co-stars to help him get through the gruelling training regime needed for his latest role.

The Superman actor plays Theseus in Tarsem Singh's new movie Immortals, and he was warned that he would need not just a six-pack but an eight-pack and no body fat whatsoever for the character.

Cavill began a six-month regime to get into the shape, and said he was determined to do it without trickery or make-up.

"I had a big sense of pride. I was like, 'No shading. I don't want you to draw abs on me. I don't want you to put dirt in the right places. I want to do it myself. I want to have the body'," he laughed.

He thanks his co-stars Luke Evans and Twilight's Kellan Lutz for helping him get through the tough times.

"It was an act of camaraderie. Training to that level is difficult enough but when you're also 'leaning' [taking on calories to create bulk] for 10 months, it's insane.

"You start to flag and lose your will, so it was great to have everyone else there to make jokes and keep things going."

He'd train from nine-to-five, five times a week and his efforts paid off when his co-star Freida Pinto described his body as "God-like".

"Being in that kind of shape is something everyone should do at least once," he says. "It's a great feeling - and I don't mean that in an arrogant way. You go to the gym, train hard and learn how far you can push yourself. That becomes rewarding in itself."

:: Immortals is in cinemas now.

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