I'm just going to keep it real with you guys and tell you that before I saw Avengers Age of Ultron, I didn't really care about Hawkeye...it's not that I had anything against him, per say - I just felt like I knew absolutely nothing about him. I didn't identify with him in any way. I was told that once I saw the movie, I would feel differently, and that is exactly what happened!
The fact that Hawkeye is this loving, devoted husband and father, yet still goes out and puts his life on the line as an Avenger? Well, that pretty much sums up my definition of a hero. I loved this aspect of the movie, and aside from Iron Man and his relationship with Pepper, I feel that this is the first time Marvel has really brought us into the personal life of an Avenger. While I was at the Avengers Age of Ultron press junket in April (which was a complimentary press trip, btw), we sat down with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders and this is what he had to say about this startling peek into his personal life.
We asked: Jeremy, you had a bigger role in this movie. And I have a feeling that as soon as it comes out and all the kids see it and all the parents see it that your character’s just gonna explode. How do you feel about that? Are you ready for that?
Jeremy: I don’t know what that ultimately means. I mean I think the greatest thing that I get out of this whole experience of being in this giant movie and the one prior is there’s- artistically it doesn’t like really hit a lot of like nerves in my body. But as soon as a five year old ran up to me that changed the game. I’m like, oh, wow, I have a five year old. And that’s amazing. And then here comes his dad in the same costume.
A little creepy. That’s the creepy part. But like when the little kids come on up to you, uh, God, it just crushes me. And I mean I’ll stop and do anything for a little creature, man. I’m crazy about them. So I welcome, I guess, is the short answer. I welcome that. If it’s the little kids. The grown ass people, stay out of the costume, man. Come on, I love you. I’ll see you at Comic-Con. That’s okay then.
We asked: I saw you as a great role model for dads. How do you see that as your character?
Jeremy: As far as like a role model I don’t know. I think you’d have to ask my daughter if I’m a good daddy role model! I think it’s a cool aspect to the character that was brought up. It was brought up actually for the first Avengers, but not even nearly as cool because they were gone. In this one, it’s a fantastic sort of reveal that he’s a daddy, and that’s what he fights for. I think it’s a very emotional for me personally, it’s a very emotional thing. I think just in general that the audiences can kind of grab on to that. It’s something very real.
Of course, I was every bit as excited to meet Cobie Smulders - aka, Agent Maria Hill - as I was Jeremy Renner. I have been a big fan of Cobie for many, many years...I am sure you guys all watched HIMYM right? I am SO happy to see Cobie shining on the big screen, she is such an amazingly talented actress! While I was a bit too star struck to ask her a question myself, the other bloggers were up to the challenge and had some great questions for her!
We asked: I have a question for Cobie. Agent Hill’s pretty great at shooting. Do you go to the range to practice?
Cobie: She always hits him. I mean it’s like magic. That’s the great thing about being in these movies. You can shoot over here and that guy dies. (She points likes she is shooting right while the bad guy to the left dies) You always hit your mark, it’s very exciting!
I did a lot of that for the first one. I did a lot of training ’cause I was actually quite terrified of guns. I kind of got over that fear through doing the first one. And then the second one you always have a day or two, with whoever, whichever crew member is sort of in charge of that, to do some training beforehand. So I did that. Like I said, I mean it’s very much just shoot in this direction. And, I hope I look like I knew what I was doing.
We asked Cobie: How was it to film, to be this awesome woman agent with all men?
Cobie: It’s very fun. I mean it’s interesting because people talk about that a lot with these films, that there’s few females. And it’s a male driven. But maybe it’s because this is our second (film)… We all get along so well. I don’t feel that divide on set. All the guys are really great and nice and handsome. Every single one of them, some more than others.
Jeremy: (Jokingly) In the dark.
Cobie: But it is fun. We have some strong females, Scarlett and now Lizzie. It’s just nice seeing more women coming into these films.
Jeremy: It’s good for us too. Seriously. I mean I love Hemsworth. But… you know…
We asked: Where do you want to see each of your character’s go in the subsequent movies?
Cobie: You know, there’s so many different directions. There’s a plethora of comic books and cartoons and all these things that they could pull from. So for me personally it’s hard to say. I mean it’d be cool to learn more about Marie Hill’s past and sort of how she came to be where she is. Yeah, it’s hard to say. It’s very much under Marvel’s control. And they’re very great at choosing great story lines. So we’ll see.
Jeremy: Yeah, I think it’s for me, I mean I have, you know, a lot of ideas. But it doesn’t really ultimately matter. I think the relationships are kind of what are interesting in this world with others. And I’d just like to see the new ones start and, others fade or whatever, just and deepen. I think that’d be interesting. That’s what I’d be curious about the next upcoming ones.
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