The discussion about Henry Cavill’s roles in Justice League, Mission Impossible: Fallout and his infamous moustache has been around since a while now. According to the sources, Warner Bros. wanted Cavill to shave his moustache for his role of Superman in Justice League.
However, Paramount didn’t allow him to do that as they were still filming Mission Impossible with him where the role demanded a mustache. In a recent podcast, MI: Fallout director Chris McQuarrie revealed his side of the story, which adds more angles to the bizarre saga.
McQuarrie stated that he was initially willing to help Justice League’s reshoots. He said:
“When the question came—the reshoots for Justice League came out—Roven called me, and he said, ‘We need your help and we need to shave Henry’s mustache. We need him to come back and we need to do these reshoots.’ And I said, ‘Look, Chuck, naturally I want to do everything I can to help you, but I also have to think about our production. Let me talk to everybody and figure out what the scheduling would be.’ And I went and spoke to [Mission: Impossible—Fallout producer] Jake Myers, and the suggestion was made through channels that we shave the mustache and Henry could begin to grow the mustache back and that then there would be—they would give us the resources to digitally fill in Henry’s mustache. Because like it or not, a fake mustache in close-up on a 75mm lens is never going to look like anything but a fake mustache.
So, we offered the following compromise: Jake Myers calculated the amount of money that it would take to replace the number of shots, and essentially what Jake was able to project was about a $3 million visual effects budget.”
So basically McQuerrie had to take $3 million to let Cavill shave for Justice League and ALSO, pause filming for Fallout during that time. This led to an intervention by Paramount who went like, “hahaha, what? No.” McQuerrie adds:
“We said, here’s what we’ll do: give us the $3 million and we’ll shut down, and that will give Henry Cavill the time to grow his moustache back, and we’ll just shut our movie down. We said we’ll do this, at which point, somebody from Paramount Pictures said, ‘What is going on? What are you people even talking about?’ They’re like, ‘There’s no way we’re going to do that.’ We were just like, ‘Okay.’ That was the best plan that we could come up with.”
And since then, it’s said that Warner Bros. was forced to use CGI on Henry Cavil’s mustache which made it look really dodgy and off-the-grid on screen. Thankfully, MI: Fallout is out in the theaters now and we can see Cavill in the (fabulous) beard that Warner Bros. didn’t want us to see.