Young Superman actor Man of Steel
“Man of Steel” marks Henry Cavill’s first performance as Superman, but he’s not the only actor playing that role in the new film. He shares the screen with Cooper Timberline and Dylan Sprayberry, who play Kal-El/ Clark Kent during the character’s childhood in Smallville. And after small roles in films like “Land of the Lost” and “Old Dogs, ” Sprayberry shoulders an enormous responsibility in the film, shepherding the iconic character through some of the most difficult and important times of his life.
MTV News recently spoke to Sprayberry about his performance in “Man of Steel.” Naturally gregarious and armed with a wit faster than a speeding bullet, the young actor discussed the process of landing the role and talked about the challenges — physical and emotional — of bringing such a famous character to life. And as the budding thespian begins to build a fanbase, he revealed his first challenge as a public figure — to get a Twitter account.
MTV: Tell me about the audition process. What was that like?
Dylan Sprayberry: I probably went in about four or five times for the audition and they were keeping everything really under wraps. They didn’t want anyone to know what it was for, they wouldn’t tell me anything. I did a monologue from “Stand By Me” … [When] I got the third callback and I found out that it was going to be for Superman and then they started pairing me up with younger versions and that’s when I met Zack and Deborah Snyder. I auditioned for the bully actually as well, but I didn’t really fit that one as much. But I kept going back in a few times just to match up and make sure that I look like Henry.
MTV: After all those callbacks, you get the role. What’s going through your head?
Sprayberry: I think the biggest thing for me was the fact that I got to work again. As an actor, I just want to get on set and do my thing. It recently hit me how big this is going to be. I could only kind of think about what it is going to be like in my head and then I finally saw the movie and it’s like “Wow, this is way beyond what I thought this was ever going to be.”
MTV: This is kind of every kid’s dream, right?
Sprayberry: Exactly. I think a lot of the percentage of young boys when they are growing up want to be a superhero. I know I did. I would put a towel on my back, run around, and across my couch and try to practice flying and things like that. So I was definitely a fan just of superheroes in general and then you have Superman the ultimate superhero — it was like a dream come true.
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