“I got a call from my agent, saying, ‘Woody wants to put you in his movie. You better say yes,’” says Henry Cavill. “And that was pretty much it.” The “Woody” in this case is, of course, Woody Allen, who cast the up-and-comer in his new movie, Whatever Works, which also stars Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson. In the film, Cavill (recently seen reprising his role as Charles Brandon in the third season of Showtime’s The Tudors), plays Randy, a charmer who sets his sights on Wood’s very married Melody.

It’s as New York a story as any Allen film, and Cavill, who hails from the Channel Island of Jersey, slipped right into his role by immersing himself in his new surroundings. “It was my fi rst real experience of New York,” he says. “I got to wander around in New York—in cafés, bars, clubs, restaurants—and in the company of New Yorkers. I had the chance to see New York for what it is, rather than as a postcard.”

But as much as Cavill enjoyed his time in our city, a permanent move across the pond isn’t in the cards anytime soon. “Home base is always the Isle of Jersey,” he says. “The beauty of today, with this industry, is that I don’t have to be in America all the time…. I quite like the idea of setting down roots, it’s just a matter of where, really.”

Up next, look for Cavill’s handsome face gracing advertisements for Dunhill cologne; he’ll also do a turn as Theseus in the upcoming War of the Gods, directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell), who described the film as “Caravaggio meets Fight Club.” “God willing, it all goes ahead…. Of course, in today’s times, finding financing, anything can happen,” says Cavill. “Fingers crossed.”

Woody Allen:
As a person he’s gentle and kind, but beyond that, professionally, a fantastic director.

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