An actor who has been playing Superman is doing damage control after coming under fire for his not-so-super comments about the #MeToo movement. Henry Cavill, who stars in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” and has played Superman in “Man of Steel” and other feature films, apologized for the comments he made during an interview with GQ Australia.
Cavill got in hot water over remarks about how the #MeToo movement has made him afraid to flirt with women.
“It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something.’ So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked,’” Cavill told the publication, adding: “But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Cavill issued an apology after getting backlash over the interview.
“Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created,” he said in a statement quoted by The Post.
The statement adds: “Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional, or a significant other.”
Cavill also says in the statement: “Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that is so vitally important and … which I wholeheartedly support.”