It's famous that Cavill did all his shoot for Justice League (2017) in his mustache because he had another shooting going on for Mission Impossible 6 (2018) which required his mustache.

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And then, Warner Bros. removed his mustache with CGI which terribly failed at several places.

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Why didn't they go for simple option: Henry Cavill could simply shave his mustache for his Superman role and use a fake mustache at Mission Impossible 6 set?

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    Because he was under contract elsewhere and they point-blank refused to let him
    – Valorum
    Jan 1, 2018 at 19:09
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    A fake mustache would have looked stupid! Jan 1, 2018 at 23:23
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    I'm not saying it wouldn't have looked better than the CGI-removal, I'm saying they probably cared more about their product than the Justice League. ;) Jan 1, 2018 at 23:31
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    The real mustache looks fake
    – Nav
    Jan 2, 2018 at 6:27

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According to user LDN_Films on Reddit (posting anonymously, but "checked out" and vouched for as genuine by Reddit's own AMA team), the issue was that Cavill was already in pre-production for his next film and required permission from the studio to change his appearance. Paramount point-blank refused to allow him to do so.

This would strongly imply that Cavill was under contract to grow a moustache for the role and under financial penalty if he broke his contract.

Q: What was your team's reaction when you heard you had to CGI the moustache?

LDN_Films: A mix - to some people it's a cool little project to get stuck in to and another problem to solve, which is what a lot of VFX is about. Challenging. To me, as a fan, I was annoyed haha Paramount should've shaved him and stuck a fake one on for MI6. Ridiculously petty of them. We did tests on already shot footage of Superman to add a beard as well to show the MI6 team at Paramount it was loads easier, and Warner Bros offered to pay for all the beard adding shots in MI6. They said no.

The director for MI:6 claimed (in a now-deleted tweet) that it was because of all the high-octane action that a fake moustache simply wouldn't work.

In exactly one year you’ll understand: The only way to keep a fake ‘stache on Henry Cavill would be a liberal dose of staples. #MI6 07.27.18

— ChristopherMcQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) July 25, 2017

So we're left with two options, depending on who you believe;

  • An allegation of sheer pettiness
  • that there were genuine concerns that a fake 'tash would simply fly away in the middle of a multi-million dollar stunt sequence.

It's also possible that neither are true and that he'd simply already filmed some VFX pre-visualisation shots or that Paramount wanted the option of incorporating early test footage into the finished film. Having him shave and then use a fake moustache would make these difficult due to continuity issues.

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    And let's be honest here. If Paramount can cost DC Films $30M simply by refusing to allow their star to shave, then that's a big win for them.
    – Valorum
    Jan 1, 2018 at 19:41
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    I believe, your comment is the real answer.. :)
    – user931
    Jan 1, 2018 at 19:51
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    @Valorum To be clear, it was $25-$30 million for the entire reshoot process, not that much simply for removing the mustache (Movies.SE goes into more detail). Jan 1, 2018 at 20:22
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    @Bat Mustaches don't grow with the same speed on every man. Who knows, perhaps he has one of the slowest staches known to mankind. But this is straying into Biology.SE territory.
    – Mast
    Jan 2, 2018 at 0:33
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    I don't think it's petty in the slightest, to be honest. The producers probably made it very clear that he must grow and keep a real moustache, and the actor agreed. It would be very unprofessional of him to even ask if he could shave it after agreeing to the terms. At this point, the reason is irrelevant, so it can't be petty.
    – ESR
    Jan 2, 2018 at 5:47

Henry was contract obligated to not shave. Yeah! Incredible as it may seem, that's the truth.

But instead of Justice League waIting, which would have clearly have benefited the movie. They simply decided to CGI the scenes with Superman.

That's why almost every time we got a close up on Superman face, he seemed weird.

  • Do you have anything to support this? A link or quote would help this answer a lot
    – Machavity
    Jan 5, 2018 at 22:48
  • How does Soop shave anyways?
    – Danny Mc G
    Oct 18, 2019 at 19:48

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