Of all the “Avengers” team members, Clint Barton has it the hardest. Not only does his proficiency with a bow look relatively minor compared to the godlike powers of Thor and the gamma-fueled ways of the Hulk, but he also spent much of the Marvel super-flick fighting for the wrong team. You could forgive Hawkeye for being a bit bummed out.
Jeremy Renner, the actor behind the acclaimed archer, is pretty disappointed with Hawkeye as well. In an interview with Hero Complex, the “Bourne Legacy” actor spoke openly and honestly about his disappointment in how his “Avengers” role played out.
“At the end of the day, 90% of the movie, I’m not the character I signed on to play,” said Renner, speaking about Hawkeye’s Loki-dictated turn towards the dark side. “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.”
“I prefer the good [aspects of Hawkeye], 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,” he continued. “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.”
Asked directly if he was disappointed with the role, Renner said: “You know, there are a lot of people in that movie. And a lot of important characters. And my character, I felt like if I can help serve story, then I did my job.”
It’s not all downside for Renner, of course. The actor said he was intrigued by the guilt Barton feels after waking up from hypnosis, for one thing, as well as the suggested past between Hawkeye and Black Widow.
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