It’s hardly going out on a limb now to say that The Avengers was a success, winning over critics and earning a considerable sum at the box office. Yet it seems as though one of the cast wasn’t entirely happy with the film, at least with the portrayal of his character, anyway.
In a recent interview with the LA Times to discuss The Bourne Legacy, Jeremy Renner was asked about The Avengers, and was surprisingly open and candid in his response.
“At the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play. I’m literally in there for two minutes, and then all of a sudden…”
Asked whether he preferred the good or bad version of Hawkeye, Renner commented that, “I prefer the good, because if we go to the evil part, or hypnotized or whatever the heck you want to call it, it’s kind of a vacancy. Not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. The interesting part was being guilty about the bad things I did do when I was hypnotized. I think he’s already an interesting enough character. To really kind of take away who that character is and just have him be this sort of robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses. Again, I could just focus on the task. I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. So yeah, fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No.”
Still, Renner isn’t grumbling, saying, “we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So there’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for SHIELD or not. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that.”
Renner also commented on whether there will be a Hawkeye movie.
“I don’t know. I think there’s always possibilities in the Marvel Universe. There’s gotta be a want from people to see something like that. I don’t know if there is. Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t. But who knows? We’ll see”.
It’s a fair bet that Hawkeye will be back for The Avengers 2, which, of course, Joss Whedon is directing. We’ll be keeping you posted on it…
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