Published On: Sat, Nov 27th, 2010

Jeremy Renner talks Hawkeye and ‘Avengers’ film

The 39-year-old star of “Hurt Locker” landed a key role in the new “Mission Impossible,” as well as the part of Hawkeye in “The Avengers.”

Discussing the role and the film with MTV Renner had this to say:

“I have not [read the script], and that’s what I was chatting about,” he said of those texts. “Feeling it out, saying hi, and seeing how he’s doing on ‘Sherlock.’ Just touching base with my bud.”

While Renner has not yet read writer/director Joss Whedon’s script, he said it’s the first time he tries on Hawkeye’s costume that everything will begin to feel real — maybe a little too real.

“That’s when I’ll feel, ‘Oh, I’m really going to have to start working out,'” he laughed.

However, the actor did say he’s been reading up on his character and has got some strong ideas about where he wants to take the superhero.

“I don’t know a lot about the Hawkeye character, but I’ve been digging around a bit and there are things from his past I think I could play out physically,” he said. “I have a few ideas of certain styles of training I want to do for that character. Bow-and-arrow stuff is the obvious one. I think I’m going to have to do some lifting for that. I’m curious to hear what Joss and the Marvel guys think about when I run a few ideas by them.”

There’s been much speculation about which version of Clint Barton Renner will play — the classic version where he’s a criminal-turned-hero or the Ultimate universe version in which Hawkeye is a government agent who joins the Avengers — but at this point, Renner is unsure which origin story his character will have.

“We didn’t get into any of that,” he said of his conversations with Whedon. “What I do know, I can’t really discuss, because who know if it’s still true — he could take it a whole other direction. I’m just as curious as you are.”

At this point, though, he remains somewhat in the dark. The “Avengers” gang met in the summer for a spirited creative meeting before heading off to shoot other projects. Renner is thankful, though, that “Avengers” remains a highly collaborative film.

“We did a creative meeting with everyone months ago before everyone took off,” he said. “We met with Joss and the cast and Marvel, just in terms of the script and where we want it to go. It was a little pow-wow. It feels like a very collaborative effort. Right now we’re off and dividing and conquering, but soon we’ll link up and get the rest of the guys and work on that. I’m very thankful for everyone I get to work with. It’s a tremendous time in my life.”


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