Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 by Peter Sciretta
In June 2014, I visited the London set of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Previously we posted our on set interviews with Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, director Joss Whedon, and Chris Hemsworth. Today we’ve been given the green light to publish our interview with two more Avengers. This post contains our interview with Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner. Here is a short snippet from Renner explaining how the action has evolved in this Avengers sequel:
There’s new tech and new costumes, there’s always new abilities, and new sort of things. For instance, if Hawkeye is a distance guy, what happens when it’s close quarters? We did a little of that in the first Avengers with having to use arrows in hands and having to do different things like that, be nimble and flying between people’s legs. You have to be clever with things, clever fighting to me is what I like to explore a little bit more with that as well. And then using each other, like if it was Cap, Widow, and I in a scene how we can use each other’s abilities as teamwork? He can toss me somewhere higher. That’s where these new characters are great, with Scarlet Witch you’ll find that her abilities are just being tapped into in this movie and what they can become, she’s still learning what they are, which is really cool. That to me as a nerdy, geeky dude about this world, that’s what I’m excited to kind of see what happens in the future because that can be quite fun.
Read our whole Jeremy Renner Avengers 2 interview after the jump.
Jeremy Renner Avengers 2 Interview
Question: So how has Hawkeye’s role evolved from Avengers to the sequel?
Jeremy Renner: It’s a lot of the stuff that Joss [Whedon] and I talked about to do in the first one but it just didn’t work out that way, so it’s really exciting for me and Joss to kind of dive into the character a little bit more. There’s some wonderful secrets and relationships deepen, so there’s a lot more of him to deal with versus the hypnotized version of him.
Yesterday talking to Lizzie [Elizabeth] Olsen, she started really laughing as she was talking about the relationship that you have with Pietro and Wanda and that you are a delightful grump. Can you talk about them and bringing them into the movie and how it’s been to sort of welcome them into the Avengers fold as cast?
Jeremy Renner: Yeah, those are great characters. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are great characters, and my character and them have a lot to do together. They’re a little blurry on kind of where they stand and as far as good and bad–which I appreciate I guess [laughs]. But yeah, I think I’m sort of policing them to see if they are worthy or not of being good guys or bad guys; I question them a lot.
One of the biggest questions that came out of Captain America 2 was because S.H.I.E.L.D. was falling, where was Hawkeye? Are we going to get a definitive answer to that question?
Jeremy Renner: You’ll know, you’ll know in this movie. It’s actually a really wonderful secret reveal, it’s pretty awesome.
We saw a bunch of gear, diagrams, and a table full of Hawkeye arrowheads and weapons. Can you talk about his new weapon set? We saw also photos of his new costume.
Jeremy Renner: Yeah he’s got a coat because we were fighting in the woods, so I guess he’s got this pretty cool coat. I can’t move in it but it’s cool-looking. There’s always new tech and different things, I don’t want to get into any of that sort of stuff either but yeah, there’s some new costumes, new tech, new characters, new good guys, new bad guys. A lot more of us together in the movie as Avengers, which I think there’s only once or twice that we had that. So that’s been quite fun and long days to shoot because there’s a lot of people to cover in a scene when you have like ten Avengers in a scene. But there’s a lot more of what I think worked in the first one, they’ll have that exponentially more in this one.
What was your reaction when you first got the script, and how much changed from when you first got it to what you’re actually filming?
Jeremy Renner: The bones of it were always there and the script that we got was really solid and great, and then as we go along there’s more things we find. As in any movie, there’s a lot, there’s so much to cover I don’t know how Joss does it, all I have to focus on is a small little part. I ask, “What the heck is being built over me?” I have no idea what’s going on [laughs]. All the things going on in this movie are so vast and there’s so many thing going on. But I think for the most part the script is what it was when we started and you make minor adjustments here and there for clarity, but it’s a big, big, big movie.