Earlier this month, Avengers: Age of Ultron producer Kevin Feige revealed that both Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will have bigger roles in this Marvel Phase Two sequel, since neither characters has had a stand-alone movie. During an interview with Variety, Jeremy Renner confirmed this expanded screen time, though he wouldn't offer any specific details. He also offered insight on his new costume.
The actor has been shooting in Northern Italy, under the direction of Joss Whedon, with production shifting to South Korea next week, and then it's off to London. When asked about his expanded role in this Marvel Phase Two sequel, Jeremy Renner couldn't say much.
"I can't give you any details, but yeah, there seems to be more to do this time. I'm excited about that."
We also reported this week that Hawkeye gets a new costume in this sequel. The actor reveals that he has the most practical uniform out of all the Avengers, when asked if all of these superhero suits are made out of the same material.
"Kind of and kind of not. It all shifts. Even from Captain America to Avengers, they worked their way through looking great and functioning great. I have one of the easiest costumes compared to the other guys, Chris Evans being one of the [harder ones]. The cowl on his head, any time you put it on, the thing gave him a migraine. It hit weird pressure points. But you have to work out the details to have it look great and function great. I feel like my costume might be changing a little bit for [Age of Ultron] Who knows man? As long as the pants don't split in the crotch, I'm alright. I think it's happened to all of us. You're like, 'Ok, we've got to take a break. I've got a hole where it shouldn't be.'"
"Oh yeah. You know where that leads you, the amount of time and commitment. You start to step into franchise-land and superhero land. It's kind of terrifying when you're an actor. It's a huge commitment. But I'm glad I did it. All the actors are so awesome, I love them. That's the main reason I want to keep going back. We all go through the same trials together. We're definitely a Bad News Bears team."
The actor also shared a humorous story about the end-credits scene in Marvel's The Avengers, which the actors all shot right after the Hollywood premiere. Here's what he had to say, when asked if he had any funny Chris Evans stories.
Oh dude, I have the funniest one. I don't know if I can say. When I think about it every time, I love it. The coda scene that happens at the end of The Avengers, we shot it at the premiere, when we were all together. A year had gone by, and Chris was in the middle of doing another movie, where he had a full beard and he couldn't shave it off. They had to do all these prosthetics over his face. The poor guy, he was in a chair for like four hours just for this three-second scene. He looked awful. He looked like his face was melting. Imagine if you have to put prosthetics over a thick beard, he looked like he got stung by a bee. The names that (Robert) Downey Jr. and everybody came up with. He couldn't even laugh. It was really quite frustrating, I'm sure. It's a wide shot of the whole group at the Shawarma place. We left the premiere, jumped in costume and Chris had to go into makeup for so long to cover that dang beard."
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