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Henry Cavill and Gina Carano: What Makes Their Sexy Relationship Work

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Henry Cavill's girlfriend Gina Carano "is a complete firecracker," a pal tells Us Weekly.

Call them an inimitable duo: Henry Cavill is about to explode as Superman in June's Man of Steel and Gina Carano packed punches as a mixed martial artist in May's Fast & Furious 6. "Gina is a complete firecracker," a pal recently told Us Weekly of the 31-year-old actress, who's been dating the 30-year-old Englishman since the fall of 2012. "And she's finally found someone who can handle her."

The pair had an instant attraction when they got together eight months ago, the friend added: "She says they have a good thing going!"

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While Cavill has said little about their relationship, he has talked ad nauseum about how lucky he feels to be cast in such an iconic role. "I've worked 13 years to get to where I am now. Thirteen years of lots of no's," he told Us at the film's New York City premiere June 10. "Lots of actors get lots of no's, but it's still really nice to be here and have the hard work pay off."

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"To be the first British actor to play the role, that doesn't really matter to me," he continued. "Yes, to be the first at anything is always fun and an honor, but I don't think it means any more than that and the personal honor I experience."

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In the months leading up to the blockbuster's release, Cavill's anonymity began to fade. "It's happening more and more now, and it's something I'm not quite used to yet," he said of being recognized in public. "Hopefully I'll get there."

Man of Steel is in theaters now.

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