THE AVENGERS; Jeremy Renner Says He Felt Like a Token Chess Piece

Don't expect to see too much of Hawkeye in the coming Avengers movie. Actor Jeremey Renner reveals that out of all his upcoming action franchises, The Avengers is the movie he feels the most lost in.


Are we getting one of these deals where a character heavily advertised as being a key component of a movie but actually has a very limited role? Speaking to actor Jeremy Renner gave some familiar answers to a few questions but also was a tad more forthcoming on a couple of others. Here's the rundown.

On his busy schedule filming a series of action flicks back-to-back:

Jeremy Renner: It's certainly a ride. It's tested me personally, artistically, physically. I don't know if I've passed the test - I don't even think I passed 'Go'! I certainly haven't collected my $200.

On whether he foresaw his acting career steering towards the action genre:

Jeremy Renner: No. It started off with wanting to do something on a world stage - The Avengers. I love what Marvel do in that universe, so I thought, 'I could give that a go, why not?' I've never been a part of a movie people are gonna go see all around the world. I've done a lot of movies nobody's ever seen (laughs). So that opened it up - then Mission came around, then Hansel and Gretel, then Bourne. It all snowballed in a wonderful way.

On if he felt lost in any of the big action blockbuster ensembles:

Jeremy Renner: It certainly had that feeling on The Avengers. Maybe I'm in the movie, maybe I'm not, I have no idea. The scale is out of this world. That's where I felt like a token, a little pawn chess piece.

On rumors that he'll take over the Mission Impossible franchise from Tom Cruise:

Jeremy Renner: I dunno. There are possibilities in any franchise ... But that's also assuming I don't die in this movie, so you may be overstepping your boundaries.

His top injury from all of his action films:

Jeremy Renner: It's probably to my ego (laughs).

I sure hope that Hawkeye has a prominent role and doesn't get lost in the shuffle as Renner seems to infer above. Having discovered Renner myself, in The Hurt Locker, he's a fabulous actor and deserves to have his time to shine. Unlike his superhero co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, he's an Oscar nominated actor like Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury [Samuel Jackson]. Now Renner's quote could also possibly mean that his role in The Avengers will be reminiscent of his brief cameo in Thor, where he mindlessly executes his orders and isn't given a chance to flesh out his character. That could also lead Renner to describe his role in The Avengers as a chess piece. However, I'm inclined to believe that Hawkeye simply won't have a large role in a film that's already packed with established characters like Cap, Iron Man, Thor and even Hulk.

Still, I would love to see Renner in a solo Hawkeye film. He definitely has the acting chops to carry his own film.

There's more in the interview with Renner so click the link underneath the banner to read the full transcript.

The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures1, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.

Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. The film entered post-production at the conclusion of filming in September 2011.

The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States.

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