Henry Cavill Was ‘Embarrassed’ to Get an Erection During a Sex Scene, Calls It ‘Not Acceptable’

08/07/2015 at 04:58 PM ET

Henry Cavill
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Henry Cavill hasn’t always been a totally ripped Man of Steel.

Just look at his teenage nickname.

“They called me Fat Cavill,” the British actor told Men’s Fitness of his years in boarding school. “I actually had rolls of fat on me. One guy told me I had tits. I was a big eater, and I still love food. I’m still an indulger, in alcohol, in food, in all this things I enjoy in life. I’ve never been able to do things in half measure. That’s probably why I was a fat kid.”

Fat no more, The Man From U.N.C.L.E star is in peak physical shape (as if we hadn’t noticed from those sex scenes in The Tudors). Cavill described one such, er, uncomfortable situation while filming the mid-2000s Showtime drama.

Asked if he ever got aroused during those racy scenes, Cavill said: “It’s happened to me once…and it was very embarrassing. A girl had to be on top of me, she had spectacular breasts, and I hadn’t rearranged my…stuff into a harmless position. She’s basically rubbing herself all over me, um, it got a bit hard. I had to apologize profusely afterward. It’s not great when you’re in a professional acting environment and somebody gets a boner, is it? No, not acceptable.”

But for the most part, Cavill is a man who is in control of his body. He talked about getting in such great shape — with just the perfect amount of body fat — for Man of Steel. “The mass build part was the fun part,” he said. “You get to eat a lot, and you’re lifting heavy weights. You feel really good because you’ve got big numbers going on the plates. But you’re always aware that you’ll have to eat less and start breathing more in order to show the muscles and the striations. It creeps up on you. That’s the less-fun part.”

When he’s not playing an action hero, though, Cavill’s routine is less regimented. “When I need to do it, I’ll do it,” he said. “But otherwise I’m going to enjoy my life.”

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Anonymous on

I would think it would happen rather often based on some of the heavy scenes I have seen.

msliftbig on

I wouldn’t complain! Lol sorry mom

Praying Mantis on

A man can get a psychological erection or a reflexogenic erection (happens to just about any man with a full bladder or with stimulus, even if he’s not “interested”) I’d guess this one was a little Column A, a little Column B.
It happens-nothing to apologize for.

bkable on

While I think it’s nice that he apologized, I wouldn’t think it’s something he had much control of (short of “think baseball” haha) – not while still remaining in character.
Honestly surprised it doesn’t happen more often!

guest on

its a perfectly natural, uncontrollable biological function. it was perfectly gentlemanly for him to apologize though. *sign I think im in love.

CC on

I heard they were things sometimes to keep it from happening. Uh He is gorgeous by the way!

porkchop on

Oh Henry, you can get an erection with me ANY TIME.

Elise on

I’m sorry an Englishman saying “getting a boner” is just hilarious. Certainly no need to apologize….it seems to be an appropriate response.

Kat on

I wouldn’t mind helping him with such ‘accidents’, hahaha!

JJ on

I can’t blame a guy for it happening. Those parts of men tend to have a mind of their own and for a lot of men it doesn’t take much especially if your shooting an intimate scene with a pretty costar. I don’t think most people fault men if it happens by accident and he apologizes and regains composure for a moment. Now if a guy was doing it intentionally and thought it was hilarious and making the set and the woman uncomfortable that would be another story. But he sounds very professional about it and there’s nothing to be ashamed about it. Sometimes I’m glad I’m a woman and this is one of those times: I don’t have to deal with visible erections if I see someone attractive in public like guys do. Thank you woman parts!

done on

Seriously this is news worthy We are such a sexualized socieity This is piss poor journalism Oh wait this People news journalism no

Blah on

I wouldn’t complain either!! Lol😉

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