His clumsy remarks led to an onslaught of criticism on Twitter.
“This is absurd. If Henry Cavill doesn’t want to be called a rapist then all he has to do is… not rape anyone,” read one post which was liked by more than 16,000 users.
Another said: “So here’s the ‘men are also victims of #MeToo because now we can’t flirt’ narrative. Poor Henry.”
Responding to the furious backlash he released a statement clarifying his views.
“Having seen the reaction to an article, in particular about my feelings on dating and the #MeToo movement, I just wanted to apologise for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created,” he said.
In the GQ Australia feature Jersey-born Henry acknowledged “stuff has to change” but admitted he was an “old-fashioned” type.
He said: “I think a woman should be wooed and chased… It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. “Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her because I’m going to be called a rapist or something’.”
THE original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory cast look set to join forces after almost 50 years.
One of their number, Denise Nickerson, 61, who played gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 film, is in a critical condition following a stroke last month and is in need of their support.
To pay hospital fees, her family set up a Facebook page and are auctioning off signed memorabilia, raising nearly £2,000 so far.
Now Julie Dawn Cole, 60, who played Veruca Salt in the film, has backed the campaign.
Fans are hoping other cast members – Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket, Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) and Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) – will jump on board. Denise’s character Violet was the third of the five children to find one of Willy Wonka’s Golden Tickets.
Starring as the madcap confectioner in the screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book was Gene Wilder who, after battling Alzheimer’s, died at 83 in 2016.