How The Witcher 3 Inspired Henry Cavill's Geralt of Rivia

With the premiere of Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher dropping on December 20, 2019, we sat down with star Henry Cavill to ask him how he found the voice for Geralt of Rivia. Check out the first reactions to Netflix’s The Witcher adaptation here.Cavill informed us (for the full interview, check out the video above) that he initially went with something “very similar to” his natural accent but quickly realized that it didn’t fit with who he believed Geralt to be. “I had to show the truth of what Geralt is on the outside,” Cavill explained. “And straightaway, it couldn’t be the flowery language he uses to talk to a king or a queen or a lord.”

The British-born actor credits Doug Cockle’s iconic voiceover performance of Geralt in the video game, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, as well as Peter Kenny’s narration of Andrzej Sapkowski’s novels for the English audiobook versions. But in the end, Cavill found his voice in both Cockle’s, and his own:

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“… When I heard Doug Cockle’s incredible performance in Witcher 3 – which I’ve heard time after time because I’ve played the games a lot – I realized that I could utilize something like that, and create [Geralt’s] stony exterior,” Cavill told IGN. “And I wasn’t going to make him American as Cockle performed him in The Witcher [games]. And so I kind of blended my natural accent with that gravelly tone, which Doug uses. My tone tended to be a little deeper, [Cockle’s] was more into the whisper range. But that was going to show the boiled-down essence of who Geralt was.”

For more, be sure to keep it locked on IGN all month long for our exclusive behind the scenes coverage of Netflix’s Witcher series. We also have a Witcher reading order guide for Sapkowski’s books and all the Witcher terms you need to know before the series drops on Netflix on Friday, December 20, 2019.

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