Jeremy Renner made his breakthrough with a Best Actor Oscar nominated role in the film The Hurt Locker. Since then, he has scored success with roles in The Town and Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
Now, after introducing his character as a cameo role in Thor, the 41 year-old actor finally brings the superhero Hawkeye center stage, sharing the spotlight with Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, and others in the long-awaited film adaptation of the Marvel comic The Avengers. Renner talks about his most memorable moment of shooting the film.
“The best was getting to play Thor’s hammer when he stroked my bow,” Jeremy replies, “That’s terrible. Oh, here we go. That’s going to be great. That’s going to get me in trouble. But it was getting all the actors in one room, all in costume. It was like Halloween. I was hands with them as humans and now they are dressed up like silly people and it’s great to hear people laughing at each other, that always stuck in my mind.”
Jeremy was asked what kind of training he did to prepare himself to be the archer Hawkeye and whether he injured himself at all in the process.
“I broke my heart,” he says, “I stretched a lot. I prepared by stretching. I did take some archery, but I realized very quickly that I couldn’t really use it in the film. Superhero-type archery, which it’s nice to know the technique behind it, but then shooting behind my back, over my shoulder, etc.”
“So at intro, I gave it a go,” Renner continues, “I shot a few bales of hay, missed a few. I think most of it was the physical part. It’s just stretching, so I don’t get injured. And you can get injured and banged around everyday, when it’s hand-to-hand stuff, like Scarlett [Johansson] and I, we beat each other up pretty good. And that’s fun. I love getting beat up by Scarlett. Wouldn’t you?”
“I was going to say, ‘Nerd!’” Jeremy replies, “Half-Life, first person shooter. Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Dance Dance Revolution.”
Jeremy had this in reply when asked about what Olympic sport he believes Hawkeye would participate in.
“The luge,” Renner says.