Jeremy Renner is not happy with Hawkeye’s portayal in The AvengersPosted 11:13 pm on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 by Mike Villarreal
If you haven’t been keeping up with current events, Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct Avengers 2. Apparently, he will somehow be involved in a Marvel TV series, and everyone is practically jumping with joy! Yay! But you know who’s not being a ray of sunshine? Mr. Hawkeye himself, Jeremy Renner.
Recently, Jeremy talked with Hero Complex about his role in The Avengers. Apparently, Renner was rather “meh” on his character’s portrayal in the film.
“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… All I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, 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. At least I was still in the movie.
On one hand, it seems he was glad to be part of The Avengers phenomenon, and who wouldn’t want to be one. No doubt having that listed on your resume will come in handy during contract negotiations. On the other, he seems pretty disappointed about his character’s development.
He even talks about how he was not a fan of Hawkeye being hypnotized for almost all of the movie.
“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. That doesn’t exist in that time [that he's hypnotized]. It happens to be for most of the movie.”
Out of all the main Superheroes in the film, Jeremy has the least time on screen. According to Vulture, Hawkeye has roughly 12 minutes of screen-time in the film. His longest scene is the exchange with Black Widow about her past being compromised, which was about 3 minutes. Hell, even Black Widow gets 30 minutes of face-time.
They have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things.
Many of you Marvel aficionados may already know their backstory. I won’t go into much detail, but it does involve a certain Mr. Tony Stark. OOPS, I’VE SAID TOO MUCH! Investigate further at your own risk! Then again, the story-arcs could be altered in future films.
So at the end of the day, is Jeremy Renner genuinely disappointed with his outing in The Avengers?
You know, there are a lot of people in that movie. And a lot of important characters. And my character, I felt like if I can help serve story, then I did my job.
I think that’s a pretty passive aggressive, yes? How will this effect future Marvel films? Will Jeremy end up watching Avengers 2 from sidelines with Edward Norton and Terrence Howard? Do you agree with his complaints? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Hero Complex
Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ