Jeremy Renner: Hawkeye 'not the character I signed on to play'

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Dec 17, 2012

Jeremy Renner is admittedly glad to have been a part of Joss Whedon's hit The Avengers—but he is a bit disappointed with how Hawkeye turned out on the big screen. So what was the problem? Spoiler alert for The Avengers!

Renner told Hero Complex he didn't really get to play the character he was sold in development, since he spent most of the movie brainwashed, and he didn't get much screen time anyway with all the other heroes kicking around:

"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."

The brainwashing did lead to some interesting character development later on, but Renner said he would've definitely preferred to not be a mindless minion for the majority of the film:

"[I]t'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."

What do you think? Could Avengers have used a bit more Hawkeye?

(Via Hero Complex)