British actor Henry Cavill poses on the red carpet as he arrives to attend the world premiere of his new film Mission: Impossible Fallout, on July 12, 2018 at the Theatre de Chaillot in Paris. (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP/Getty Images)

Mission: Impossible – Fallout star Henry Cavill has issued an apology statement amid uproar of comments made during an interview with GQ Australia. The actor, best known for his role as Superman in the latest Justice League instalment, told the publication how, given current social climate, he feared flirting could eventuate into him being labelled a “rapist”.

“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.’ So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked,’” Cavill said.

“But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?”

Understandably, his comments sparked huge outrage across the internet. Cavill blamed “editorial liberties” and lack of context for his poor rant. For us, it’s a lack of understanding of what the #MeToo movement is about. Our thoughts are probably best surmised by Twitter user Helen Price:

“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 told Page Six.“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional or a significant other.

“Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form. This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that is so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.”

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout will hit Australian cinemas on August 2.