Our full day of interviews started off on an interesting foot. As we greeted Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders with a round of applause. Cobie had already sat with groups like ours before so it was no big deal to her. However, Jeremy seemed nervous, if not a bit giddy. I guess he didn’t know what to expect when his schedule said he’d be meeting with “mommy bloggers.”
RENNER: Ooh, I feel like a fox in the hen house.
Cobie tried to point out the couple of dad bloggers in the group but Jeremy wasn’t having it. For some reason, he seemed to really like the idea. He even sent out this tweet after out interview. Too funny!
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) April 11, 2015
Anyway, let’s get back to that interview. It’s hard to really understand the role Jeremy plays as Hawkeye in Age of Ultron unless you know one crucial bit of information. It’s a HUGE spoiler though. So, instead of giving it away here, I’ll have another spoiler-dedicated post 🙂
Avengers Age of Ultron w/ Jeremy Renner & Cobie Smulders
Q: How was it to film, to be like this awesome woman agent and with all men?
SMULDERS: It’s interesting because people talk about that a lot with these films that there’s few females and it’s a male-driven film. But maybe it’s because this is our second one and we all get along so well that I don’t feel that divide on set. All the guys are really great and nice, and handsome, every single one of them, some more than others. We have some other strong females, Scarlett and now Lizzie, and it’s just nice seeing more women coming into these films.
Q: Did you have a favorite scene to shoot for the film?
RENNER: I don’t believe in favorites. I think they’re all equally torturous and wonderful.
SMULDERS: I shot all of my scenes in Stark Tower, in the Avengers Tower now it’s called. How amazing was that set?! It was all one set. I mean anytime that anyone was in the lab that was still on the same set. Where Tony was working on his suits was right below it. Then the bar was just a few feet away, thank goodness. To me, it was really cool to play all these scenes out in one location and it really sort of helped with performance as well.
Q: How did you physically prepare for the movie? And then what was the hardest scene for you both to film?
RENNER: When there’s a lot of movie parts that’s where it gets a little tricky. The moving parts aren’t really there in real life. So that’s a little trickier. You’re stabbing things with arrows that don’t exist and then firing arrows that don’t exist to things that don’t exist. It’s a little tricky to be precise with it and the camera angles. It’s just technical. That makes it quite difficult because all moving parts. But to me I think it’s fun because it’s like a dance and there’s a technique to all that stuff. It is quite arduous.
SMULDERS: Every time these movies come up, a couple months before you start working out. I did a few stunts in this one, not as much as the super heroes in the film. But, it’s good to get in shape. In terms of the most difficult scene, I feel like in this movie there’s a lot of scenes where we’re all in the scene together.
These scenes, we take multiple days to shoot them because there’s so much coverage. On the third day you’re like, “Wait, what are we doing? What is the scene? What did I say?” You sort of feel like you’re in this Groundhog’s Day where you’re doing the same thing over and you’re trying to remember exactly how you did it the day before. That’s challenging. It’s not a hard thing but it can get a bit tiring.
Q: Jeremy, you had a bigger role in this movie. And I have a feeling that as soon as it comes out and all the kids see it and all the parents see it that your character’s just gonna explode. How do you feel about that? Are you ready for that?
RENNER: I think the greatest thing that I get out of this whole experience of being in this giant movie and the one prior is, artistically it doesn’t really hit a lot of like nerves in my body, but soon as a five year old ran up to me that changed the game. I’m like, “Oh, wow, I have a five-year-old fan!” And that’s amazing. Then here comes his dad in the same costume…that’s the creepy part.
But when the little kids come on up to you, it just crushes me. I’ll stop and do anything for a little creature, I’m crazy about them. So, I welcome, is the short answer. I welcome that…if it’s the little kids. The grown people, stay out of the costume. I’ll see you at Comic-Con, that’s okay then.
Q: I have a question for Cobie. Um, Agent Hill’s pretty great at shooting.
SMULDERS: She always hits him. I mean it’s like magic. That’s the great thing about being in these movies. You can shoot over here and that guy dies. Always hit your mark. It’s very exciting.
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I was invited on an all-expense paid media trip as a guest of Disney and Marvel in honor of the Avengers Age of Ultron movie. All opinions are my own.