How Henry Cavill Took Over the Valley of Fire for His Men’s Journal Cover Shoot

After donning a superhero suit as Superman, Man of Steel Henry Cavill ditched his cape for a badass motorcycle jacket during his Men’s Journal cover shoot in Nevada’s stunning Valley of Fire State Park.

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“Being at a photoshoot, it’s so much easier when you’re in a location like this,” Cavill says. “You kind of get to feel the environment a bit. It’s like an acting tool. And it’s beautiful, so it helps the shots when I’m not looking beautiful,” he joked.

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Cavill brought along his “best buddy” Kal—named for Kal-El, Superman’s real name—but that wasn’t all he had in the desert to make the shoot fun. Cavill also rode around on a Ducati motorcycle, channeling his inner Tom Cruise from his upcoming film, Mission: Impossible—Fallout. In the new Mission: Impossible, Cavill plays CIA operative August Walker, a mysterious new member of Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt’s team. Cavill even grew a mustache for the role, and got himself into “super” shape to handle all the physical stunts.

Henry Cavill at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada

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See all the photographs by Jeff Lipsky, and read Cavill’s full profile and more about his physical training for Mission: Impossible—Fallout in the August 2018 issue of Men’s Journal, on newsstands now.

And catch Cavill in Mission: Impossible—Fallout, which stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, and Rebecca Ferguson, in theaters on July 27.

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