● Not everyone can rock superhero spandex, but once Tudors star Henry Cavill slipped on the iconic Superman suit, he scored the coveted role. “Henry put it on, and he exuded this kind of crazy-calm confidence that just made me go, ‘Wow. OK, this is Superman,’ ’’ director Zack Snyder told Entertainment Weekly. Snyder says Cavill has been “hitting the iron pretty hard” with Gym Jones founder Mark Twight, who trained all the guys from 300. Before 2012’s still-untitled Superman reboot, you can catch Cavill (and his abs) in this fall’s Immortals, alongside fellow MF 25er Kellan Lutz.
LIAM NEESON The Tough Guy, 59
● The Irish actor reinvented his career, starring in a slew of action flicks usually reserved for guys half his age. With ass-kicking roles in Batman Begins, Taken, The A-Team, and Clash of the Titans, he’s clearly not settling to play someone’s grandpa. Neeson credits his background as an amateur boxer for his ability to take on these physically demanding parts: “There’s a discipline to getting up at 6, working 17 hours, and coming home to work out,” he says. While Neeson uses a stunt double on set, he handles all of his own fighting. If you ask for an autograph, be polite.