The large cast of heroes in The Avengers was both a blessing and a curse for the movie. On one hand, comic fans finally got to see all of their favorite spandex-clad characters on screen together for the first time. However, there were also a few actors that got pushed to the side in favor of large action scenes and some scenery chewing from Robert Downey Jr.
And no character exemplified this better than Hawkeye, who was played by Jeremy Renner. In a recent interview with the L.A. Times, the actor talked about his disappointment with his part in the movie.
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. That was just the biggest challenge to overcome in playing the guy. Also, we’re pretty much introducing a new superhero character to everyone in a movie where there’s a thousand superheroes. So there’s not a lot of back story or understanding we can really tell about who Clint Barton is, or Hawkeye, and is he working for SHIELD or not. There’s a lot of unanswered questions, even for me. And I was OK with that. At least I was still in the movie. And I was glad for that. The closest thing I could really link to was Scarlett [Johansson's] character, Black Widow, because they have a history. And that definitely plays in the movie, I think. And obviously, you can’t go into too much just because there’s so much story to tell, but you definitely get a sense that they’re connected, and that there’s something really, really important that ties them together. And I could try to summarize it, but it can go a lot of places. That excites me, though, that there’s room for other things.
Renner isn’t completely off base with these statements. Hawkeye was so inconsequential to the overall plot of the movie that it was almost pointless for him to be there at all. Renner does hold out hope that the sequel will flesh out his character even more, though. Let's hope so because the latest Hawkeye comic that Marvel just launched from writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja proves what a great character he is if handled properly.
[via The L.A. Times]