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Henry Cavill pays tribute to his dearly departed mustache

'It’s hard for me to admit, but this is not CGI. He’s really gone.'


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Mar 21, 2018   Updated May 21, 2021, 9:03 pm CDT

The curious case of Superman’s mustache has captivated fans for months. Grown by Henry Cavill for his role in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the mustache unintentionally wriggled its way into Justice League after Paramount wouldn’t allow Cavill to shave it off for reshoots and Justice League’s visual effects failed to effectively cover it up. Even after the memes died down, it became a comforting presence on Cavill’s social media accounts. And like all good things, it has now come to an end.

His latest Instagram video is simply captioned “#ShavedButNotForgotten” and features a cleanly shaven Cavill. He doesn’t specify why the mustache is gone (whether it’s for a new role, or that he just got tired of it), but he acknowledges that he’s had it so long he can barely recognize himself without it. And even he can’t help but make a sly Justice League joke.

“I know, it’s hard to recognize me without a king ‘stache,” he said. “Sometimes, I even have trouble recognizing myself. It’s hard for me to admit, but this is not CGI. He’s really gone.”

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His mustache tribute is completely cheesy and over-the-top (complete with a montage set to Sarah McLachlan’s “I Will Remember You”), but we wouldn’t have it any other way. After all, Cavill did once write a congratulatory post to himself on the debut of Mission: Impossible — Fallout’s Super Bowl trailer—from the point of view of his mustache.

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Dear Reader Due to the lateness of the hour Henry is now actually in bed, it is a school night after all. Being his moustache however, I require no sleep (or food). So I have taken it upon myself to address you, my lovers and my haters to announce this exciting event! The first trailer is here, my glorious debut! Bathe in my bristly glow! Marvel at my contours and yes, be allured you who are facially able, for our time has come. From the pages of history we shall charge forth and rule the world once more and I shall be your king! Also, I hope the Superbowl is exciting. As I have no eyes, I cannot know what state it's in right now but I do hope it's entertaining! Link in bio. #KingStache #MissionImpossible @MissionImpossible

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We’re gonna miss that ‘stache after all.

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*First Published: Mar 21, 2018, 4:05 pm CDT