Yeah, that iconic voice Cavill uses in “The Witcher?” As he revealed during CD PROJECT RED and Netflix’s virtual WitcherCon (via Comicbook.com), it was a total mistake on the actor’s part. Cavill simply forgot what kind of voice he was supposed to use partway through the shoot, and after he heard what he sounded like in a scene with King Foltest (Shaun Dooley), he was delighted — but also slightly worried, because he initially felt the delivery was a bit too close to voice actor Doug Cockle’s performance in “The Witcher” games.
“I know it’s very similar to Doug Cockle’s amazing work,” Cavill said. “That was definitely a concern of mine. I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to seem like I’m plagiarizing another professional’s extraordinary work.’ And I had a look at it, had a listen to it, and I thought, ‘actually, they are different enough. It’s clearly inspired by [Cockle’s version] — but I did my own thing.'”
There was just one problem: They had already shot some scenes for the show. Fortunately, the powers that be liked Cavill’s new take on the voice so much that they offered to reshoot the scenes. Seeing as the combination of Geralt’s harsh voice, strange accent, and quiet nature play a large part in his characterization, it’s probably fair to say that this was the right call.