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Henry Cavill's Superman muscles

Henry Cavill has revealed he is piling on the pounds and beefing up his muscles to play Superman on the big screen.

The 28-year-old British actor is aware of the huge expectations on his shoulders after being cast as Clark Kent in Zack Snyder's new movie Man Of Steel, and so he told Total Film magazine he is building up to take the weight.

Henry revealed: "I'm on 5,000 calories a day. I'm training two-and-a-half hours a day, pushing my body beyond its normal limits, putting on a lot of muscle and making myself look like Superman."

The Tudors star will next be seen playing Greek god Theseus in new action movie Immortals.

He said: "I'm actually 25 pounds heavier than I was on Immortals. I was very, very lean - something silly like five per cent body fat."

Henry revealed he has already tried on the suit and cape to play Superman, and he loves it.

He said: "It's extremely cool. There's no other feeling like it. They just put it on, I turned around and looked in the mirror and you can't play it cool - you sort of laugh. I thought 'Holy hell, this is it. You're doing it, you're right in the middle of it'."

And he is honoured to be joining the ranks of Christian Bale and Andrew Garfield, fellow Brits playing comic book icons in Hollywood films.

Henry said: "I'm very proud to be British and playing an iconic American superhero... it means I'm doing something right."

The full interview is out now in the September issue of Total Film.

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