Last week Empire spoke to The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner and he revealed that he had been talking with Marvel about playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, and possibly Thor. I found him talking about this quite surprising, as actors rarely talk about things like this as studios often ask actors not to reveal such details, and Marvel haven’t even said anything about Hawkeye yet so he’s kinda let the cat out of the bag.
Anyhow, SHH caught up with the actor at the Independent Film Gotham Awards recently and he revealed even more details.
“I haven’t heard anything since I talked to them three weeks ago,” he admitted. “The last I knew is that they still have to find their director for ‘The Avengers,’ that’s where he’s really going to show up. They were just talking, ‘Like maybe we should consider maybe hiring Hawkeye now’ but there’s no director on ‘Avengers’ so they don’t really want to force-feed the director, ‘Here’s the whole cast.’ It’s a big role so they didn’t want to do that to the director, so I think they might wait. I know they’re interested, I’m interested, so we’ll see if it works out.”
“They sold me on the idea, too, because I love the idea that Hawkeye’s really not a superhero,” Jeremy told us. “He’s just a man with a high skill set, so I can relate to (that). The Marvel guys are great for how they made Iron Man to be, ‘Oh, that’s actually plausible’ so I bought it and I love that. They’re really, really smart guys and I’d love to work for ’em, and we’ll see if it works out.”
When we asked him if he’s started reading up on his Hawkeye comic book history just in case he gets the role, he gave us a possible hint of what the character might look like in the movie compared to the comics: “Yeah, but it’s going to be modernized, it’s not going to be the guy with the big purple (mask), it’s not going to be a guy in tights. It’s going to be a guy in sunglasses and a vest. He’s going to be more modernized and I’m gonna say, ‘A cooler-looking version’ and not the big weird costume he had on. I don’t think they’re going that route.”
I hope all this talking doesn’t hurt his chances of getting the role, as he would be great as Hawkeye.