"I was fat... I was Fat Cavill," the actor told Details magazine. He said he he lost 21 pounds after landing his first big part in a film adaptation of 'The Count of Monte Cristo' at 17. Then there was no looking back. "I lost one and a half stone and I wasn't Fat Cavill anymore," he added.
However, he had to beef up a bit to play Superman. "I will say I was a lot bigger as Superman... I'm not saying how much. It's modesty about the weight; I've always been worried about my weight. I also don't want to invite that debate: 'Henry weighs this, so he's the perfect Superman.' Or, 'Henry doesn't weigh this, and therefore he's not believable in the role.' "But I'm not eating 5,000 calories a day anymore," he said. (IANS)