by Zach Johnson | Wed., Mar. 23, 2016 3:51 AM
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a naked and lost Henry Cavill!
The fully clothed actor, 32, stopped by NBC's Late Night Tuesday as part of his press tour for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in theaters Friday. Cavill recently shared an Instagram video of himself going unrecognized in New York City's Times Square, despite wearing a Superman tee and posing in front of a massive billboard for the film. Ironically, anonymity worked in his favor a few ago after he was first cast as the superhero in 2013's Man of Steel.
At the time, Cavill traveled to L.A. to meet with the blockbuster's director, Zack Snyder, as well as a new personal trainer, Mark Twight. "I had landed in L.A., dropped my bags off at the hotel, met my agent for dinner and a drink and then went to bed," the British actor told host Seth Meyers. "I passed out a bit jetlagged and I woke up to the sound of my door closing in my hotel room. Of course, I then realized that I was on the outside of my door—and I had no clothes on."
Meyers joked, "This story's a dream for me!"
Cavill blamed the room's layout for the unfortunate mishap. "I had completely gotten up to go for a pee...At the foot of the bed was the entrance to the hotel by my room, and to the left of the bed was where the bathroom was," he explained. "I got out the right-hand side of the bed and just went straight for the first door I saw and woke up completely naked in the hallway. Being naked in the hallway is a pretty big problem, but I needed to pee and I was desperately thinking, 'Where am I going to pee?'"
"So naked was secondary for you at this point?" Meyers asked.
"At this stage, very secondary," Cavill said. "Naked and peeing in a hotel hallway is pretty bad. I was looking up and down the hallway and I was checking out pot plants of all sorts...I thought, 'Do I pee in there? What if someone catches me? That's pretty bad.' I remembered there being a fire escape, and so I ran up this fire escape, because I knew there was a pool area on top and a tennis court. I thought, 'Maybe there's a bathroom up there.' I ran up the fire escape to the roof and it turned out to be a tennis court, which was all closed off and I couldn't get anywhere. This was around 3 a.m. I then thought, 'I've got to pee. This is getting bad now.' So, I just peed off the top of the hotel. I felt like a little boy again. Then it dawned on me that I hadn't quite solved the problem because I was locked outside my hotel room naked—and on the roof now."
It was at that moment Cavill realized he was out of options.
"I then thought, 'You know what? You've just got to suck it up, get downstairs and ask for your key.' I thought, 'You know what? Ride the elevator down. Be a man about it.' I got in the elevator, rode down the lobby, and I thought, 'OK, this guy's going to laugh at me.' I walked into the reception, and I said to the receptionist, 'This is really embarrassing. I locked myself out of my hotel room. Can I have my key to get back in.' And he says, 'Yeah, of course. What room are you in?' Doesn't bat an eye! Doesn't even look up. And I was thinking, 'How often does this happen at this hotel? Why have I met no one else in the hallway at this stage, high-fiving naked dudes walking past?'" A security guard escorted Cavill back to his room, "which was an awkward elevator ride, by the way," the actor told Meyers. "He was a bit more freaked out than the receptionist; it was clearly his first time. They let me back in. I didn't sleep for the rest of that night and I was pretty sure I was going to have been caught on camera and lost the job."
Rest assured, Cavill learned his lesson and vowed that he won't be making the same mistake ever again. "I now put chairs up against the doors of every hotel I sleep in," he assured Meyers.
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