Jeremy Renner not pleased with "vacant" Hawkeye in 'Avengers'
Double Oscar nominee has spoken out about his experience working in Joss Whedon's megahit superhero ensemble 'Avengers Assemble', complaining about his character's lack of development.
In the film, Renner's character Hawkeye is brainwashed within a few minutes of appearing and goes on to robotically comply with the bad guy's commands before he breaks free. But even then, he doesn't get a great deal to do in the way of emotion.
Of the brainwashing subplot, Renner told the LA Times that it made his character "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?"
Speaking to the LA Times for their exclusive, the Academy Award nominated star behind 'The Town' and 'The Hurt Locker' said: "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."
He went on to say that going in, the audience isn't really on his side given the more famous characters he was surrounded by: "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. And I was glad for that."
We will be seeing more of Renner as Hawkeye, however, giving the filmmakers a chance to redeem themselves for not properly using one of Hollywood's best talents because Joss Whedon has signed on to write and direct 'Avengers Assemble 2'.
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