From Superman to super captain – Henry steers the Condor Liberation back home

  • Henry Cavill returning home to watch this weekend’s Siam Cup
  • The Hollywood star was today pictured having a go at steering the Condor Liberation
  • The £50 million ferry launched last month
  • Henry attending Siam Cup in his role as ambassador for Durrel

CONDOR Ferries welcomed a new captain on board its Liberation ferry today.

Superman actor Henry Cavill was travelling from England to Jersey and took some time to drop in and visit the captain in the ship’s bridge.

The Hollywood star, who was born in Jersey, had a go at steering the new £50 million vessel and even posed for a photograph for the ferry company’s social media pages.

Henry, who starred as the caped crusader in the 2013 film Man of Steel, is back in the Island this weekend as a special guest at Jersey Rugby Club’s Ipes Siam Cup clash with Guernsey, which takes place on Saturday.

He will be at St Peter in his role as an ambassador for Durrell, which is holding a fundraising day to coincide with the Siam Cup.

He was appointed as Durrell’s first ambassador last August and will be involved in a charity auction on the day.

Posting a photograph of Henry steering the ship on their Facebook and Twitter pages earlier today, Condor Ferries said: ‘Is it a bird? Is it a Plane? NO! It’s Henry Cavill AKA SUPERMAN having a go at steering Condor Liberation on her way to Jersey today! #Goodtimes’

The first official trailer showing Henry in his latest movie role, in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E was recently released. In it he takes on the lead role as Napoleon Solo, who has to join forces with a former foe, in the film adaptation of the 1960s television series.

Meanwhile, the former St Michael’s student will appear as Superman again alongside Ben Affleck in the 2016 film Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a trailer for which was recently released online.

Speaking last month, when it was announced he would be attending this weekend’s Siam Cup, Henry said: ‘Being a Rugby fan and someone who is keen on protecting wildlife what better place to be than at the Siam Cup with Durrell.

‘It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic event.

‘You’ll find me about the grounds throughout the day, hopefully with a pint in hand.’

Dr Lee Durrell, honorary director of Durrell, said last month that she was ‘overjoyed’ that the star was returning to the Island to help support the charity.

Jersey have enjoyed seven successive victories over their Sarnian rivals in the competition since 2008.

Club chairman Bill Dempsey said Henry’s return was a great opportunity to raise money for the charity.

‘We’re anticipating a big crowd, a fantastic atmosphere and the chance to raise some serious funds for the Durrell, a cause that is very close to his heart,’ he said.

Henry Cavill in the title role of Superman

  • Henry was born in Jersey on 5 May 1983.
  • In December 2013 he was voted as the worlds’ sexiest man by Glamour magazine readers.
  • He was once dubbed the ‘unluckiest man in Hollywood’ by Empire magazine after missing our in several roles, including Batman and James Bond.
  • He is a member of the Jersey Rugby Club.
  • He played Superman in the 2013 movie Man of Steel and brought his Hollywood co-stars to Jersey for a star-studded premiere at Cineworld.
  • He is a global ambassador for Durrell.
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the follow up to 2013’s Superman film Man of Steel, will be released in cinemas in 2016.

In August last year Jersey’s Man of Steel became a Durrell ambassador, in a bid to raise awareness of the wildlife park and the importance.

On a visit to the Island, he swapped his Superman cape for a Durrell t-shirt as he took a tour of the park.

Speaking to the JEP at the time, he said: ‘I’m here to raise awareness of the Durrell conservation effort worldwide. This is a place that is very close to my heart – I used to come here as a boy, and now that I can help to raise people’s awareness of Durrell, I thought I would make the effort.’

Reflecting on childhood visits to the attraction, he said: ‘I used to come here so often. I remember playing here with my brother. Being around the gorilla enclosure is a particular memory.

Lee Durrell, the park’s honorary director and wife of the late Gerald Durrell, said: ‘To use the words ”ambassador” and ”Henry Cavill” in one sentence is brilliant. I hope with his being spokesman it will bring the name of Durrell and our mission to the attention of people all round the world.’

  • In June 2013 Hollywood came to Jersey to celebrate Jersey’s Henry Cavill becoming Superman.
  • Ahead of the Jersey premiere of Man of Steel at Cineworld, Henry took to the red carpet for the movie’s Jersey première, bringing with him fellow stars Russell Crowe and Amy Adams.
  • Thousands gathered outside the cinema for the event, during which the trio chatted to fans and posed for pictures.

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