Jeremy Renner Unhappy With Hawkeye’s Role in THE AVENGERS

With The Bourne Legacy opening this weekend, the film’s star and The Avengers alumnus Jeremy Renner has hit the road to promote the flick. While responding to a few questions from our friends at Hero Complex, the actor revealed that he wasn’t too happy with Hawkeye’s portrayal in this summer’s superhero blockbuster.

Here’s what he 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”

Apparently relegating Clint Barton’s heroics to brainwashed thuggery wasn’t something he favored. Who knew?

Here’s a bit more from the interview, when HC asked what aspects of Hawkeye appealed to Renner.

I prefer the good, because if we go to the evil part, or hypnotized or whatever the heck you want to call it, 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? 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.

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