Watch Henry Cavill politely explain that Warhammer is not World of Warcraft

Henry Cavill appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently to promote The Witcher season 2. It's Norton's job to make celebrities seem grounded and human with a light ribbing, and it's their job to respond with humor and be impossibly good-looking while he does, which is exactly what happened when Norton brought up one of Cavill's nerdy hobbies—collecting, painting, and gaming with Warhammer miniatures. Except that what Norton said was, "You paint, is it War… World of Warcraft?"

You can watch the clip above, and you should because it's charming. Cavill explains that miniature wargaming has two halves to : "There's the painting/modelling side of the hobby, and then there's the gaming side of the hobby." When asked what he does with his miniatures after painting, he replies, "Then you, erm, you put them together in little armies and you fight against someone else's army. It's actually—it is fun! It sounds ridiculous, but it is fun."

Norton goes on to asks whether Cavill invites other people over to play with his "toys", and that's when Tom Holland (one of the show's other guests, there to promote the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home) raises a hand and asks, "Can I come over and play? It sounds amazing!" Cavill says he can, and from there the fanfic practically writes itself.

Cavill has previously explained he spent his quarantine time painting Warhammer miniatures, and even on the set of The Witcher he couldn't stop thinking about it. He makes a fine ambassador for a hobby that has included celebrities like Robin Williams and Peter Cushing. I leave you with this lovely video of Cushing and his collection of historical miniatures, which PC Gamer's Jon Bolding brought to my attention.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.