During his interview with Stewart, Cavill also opened up about how his superhero alter ego has shaped the trajectory of his career. "My life has changed dramatically because of it," he expressed. "And it has given me plenty of opportunity for roles, and yeah, it's been one of those characters which changed the entire course of my career. I'm incredibly grateful for it, and it's also taught me a lot about myself."
Comparing himself to Superman, the Man of Steel star elaborated, "He's so good, he's so kind, and when you start to compare yourself to him, because you're playing him, you start to really look inwards. You say, ‘Am I a good person? Can I be a good enough person to play Superman?'"
"And if you ever hear a whisper in there which is like, ‘Hmm, hold on a second. Maybe not,' then you adjust it, and you make sure you are a better person," he continued. "I think that's all we can do in life."
Relating to Cavill's sentiment, Stewart admitted that he felt the same weight playing Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek and Charles Xavier in X-Men.
"There was a touch of that with both Jean-Luc Picard and Charles Xavier," he began. "I felt with both of them that they do have an impact, like you have described, on my private life. In that there was a sort of standard of morality and behavior that you needed to uphold because if you didn't they would reflect badly, negatively, on the character that you were playing."
Recalling his experience on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Stewart added, "During the seven years that we filmed Next Generation and the four feature films that followed it, without intending to, Picard came closer and closer and closer to me, to Patrick. After a while, there was no place that I could identify where Jean-Luc left off and Patrick Stewart began."