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Henry Cavill’s kryptonite? World of Warcraft

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Getting the call to play the Man of Steel is undoubtedly one of the biggest moments of actor Henry Cavill’s career, but he almost didn't answer it.

He was too busy playing World of Warcraft.

Cavill, who stars in this summer's highly-anticipated Superman reboot, says he was in the middle of a quest when director Zack Snyder called to offer him the part. And tearing himself away from the game was no easy decision.

"I saw it was him [calling] but the thing is, you can’t save World of Warcraft, you can’t pause it. It’s live," Cavill tells GQ (by way of IGN).

The call, in fact, went to voicemail, but Snyder hadn't changed his mind when Cavill called him back.

While it's unlikely Snyder would have reversed his decision so quickly, when it comes to Cavill, it's not out of the realm of possibility. The actor came this close to being named James Bond before Daniel Craig got the job. And while "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer openly lobbied for him to be cast as Edward in the films, producers thought him to be too old. That was the second time Robert Pattinson beat him out for a role, as Cavill was also nearly cast as Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."

His string of close calls at superstardom earned him the title of the "unluckiest man in Hollywood" in 2005 from Empire magazine.

Cavill's gaming interests run beyond World of Warcraft, though. In the GQ piece, he also raves about another role-playing classic.

"I’ve been playing a lot of single player games, like Skyrim," he said. "Goodness, that’s a great game."

Maybe Lex Luthor should cut back on those intricate plans to defeat the Man of Steel and simply offer him an advance copy of The Elder Scrolls Online.

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