Buckle up for another exclusive Avengers: Age Of Ultron Interview with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders. Learn more about what Hawkeye thought about his character and more behind-the-scenes information about commander Maria Hill.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Interviews
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Interview with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders
In this exclusive interview during my trip to LA for the #AvengersEvent we were able to meet with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders. We were able to explore some great aspects of their characters and get a more in-depth look at how these two actors view their characters as a whole. Not to spoil anything but I loved how in this movie we got to look more into Hawkeye’s private life and see why he is such the stronger Avenger he is.
We also are able to view Agent Maria Hill again with her ‘always hits her target’ shooting. I think you will have a great laugh at a few things we talked about and also discover some new things about these awesome characters.
Question: Jeremy, in the movie, I saw you as a great role model for dads. How do you see that as your character?
Jeremy: As far as like a role model I don’t know. Those are always hard to talk to. I think you’d have to ask my daughter if I’m a good daddy role model.
I think it’s a cool aspect of the character that was brought up. It was brought up actually for the first Avengers but not even nearly as cool because they were gone. In this one, it’s a fantastic sort of reveal that, you know, he’s just he’s a daddy. And that’s what he fights for ’cause I think it’s very emotional, and for me personally, it’s a very emotional thing. I think just in general I think that audiences can kind of grab on to that. ‘Cause, it’s something very real.
Question: Cobie, What’s it like to be an awesome woman agent?
Cobie: It’s fun. It’s very fun. I mean it’s interesting because people talk about that a lot with these films that there are few females. And it’s a male-driven film. But maybe it’s because this is our second one. We all get along so well. 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.
Jeremy: In the dark.
Cobie: But it is fun. I mean we have some strong females, such as Scarlett and now Lizzie. And it’s just nice seeing more women coming into these films.
Jeremy: It’s good for us too. Seriously. I mean I love Hemsworth. But you know.
Question: Cobie, how do you feel about entering the role for this movie?
Cobie: Well, I feel like I might still be making coffees. But at Stark Tower, there might be just a really nice espresso machine. So it’s like really fancy coffees. No, I don’t think I’m serving coffees anymore. It’s really cool. I mean in the comic books Maria Hill has her own storyline. And she’s very smart.
She’s very independent. She’s very controlling. It’s cool to see how now that this team is sort of under Tony’s protection and sort of funded by him how that’s working in terms of privatizing security and her dealing with that. So it’s fun to sort of being a part of the team but also to be like managing everybody as well or trying to anyway.
Question: Do you have a favorite scene?
Jeremy: Either of us? Oh no, I don’t believe in favorites. I think they’re all equally torturous and wonderful.
Cobie: Yeah, I shot all of my scenes in the tower, in Stark Tower, in the Avengers Tower now it’s called. I’m sure you guys all saw the movie. How amazing was that set? And 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. And then the bar was just a few feet away thank goodness. And yeah, so that was– 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.
Question: How did you physically prepare for the movie? What was the hardest scene for you both to film?
Jeremy: You know, we train. We’re in the gym lifting weights, hurting our bodies. Hard– I don’t know, hardest scene to film and difficult, I don’t know. They’re all quite difficult I think. The first scene we shot was the end of the movie in Italy where the chaos is going.
When there’s a lot of movie parts that’s where it gets a little tricky. And then 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 and also to be like, you know, precise with it and the camera angles. It’s just technical. That makes it quite difficult ’cause 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. But it is quite arduous.
Cobie: Training, yeah, I mean every time these movies come up, you know, a couple of months before you start working out. And I did a few stunts in this one, not as much as the superheroes in the film. But it’s good to get in shape. And 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–
Jeremy : Those are all difficult scenes, right?
Cobie: Yes, we have a lot of fun together. So it’s a hard group to wrangle as well. But these scenes you know, we take multiple days to shoot them ’cause there’s so much coverage. So there is like on the third day you’re like, wait, what are we doing? And like what is the scene? And what did I say?
And you sort of feel like you’re in this Groundhogs Day where you’re just like you’re playing and you’re doing the same thing over. But you but you’re trying to remember exactly how you did it the day before. And so that’s you know, that’s challenging. I mean that’s not a hard thing. But it can get a little bit tiring at times.
Question: Jeremy, you had a bigger role in this movie.
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. I mean I can see it, you know, it;s big. How do you feel about that? Are you ready for that?
Jeremy: I don’t know what that ultimately means. I mean I think the greatest thing that I get out of this whole experience of being in this giant movie and the one prior is, you know, artistically it doesn’t like really hit a lot of like nerves in my body. But it certainly as 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. And that’s amazing. And then here comes his dad in the same costume.
A little creepy. That’s the creepy part. But like when the little kids come on up to you, God, it just crushes me. And I mean I’ll stop and do anything for a little creature, man. I’m crazy about them. So I welcome, I guess, is the short answer. I welcome that. If it’s the little kids. The grown *** people, stay out of the costume, man. Come on, I love you. I’ll see you at Comic-Con. That’s okay then.
Like we’re at Starbucks, dude. You know what I mean? I’m not kidding. We just happened to be in costume. Yeah, really? This is like a mommy and me class. This is amazing. Trust me, I’ve been to them. Like the mister mommy and me. It’s awesome.
Question: Where do you want to see each of your character’s go in the subsequent movies?
Cobie: You know there are so many different directions. There’s a plethora of comic books and cartoons and all these things that they could pull from. So for me personally it’s hard to say. I mean it’d be cool to learn more about Marie Hill’s past and sort of how she came to be where she is. But yeah it’s hard to say. It’s very much under Marvel’s control. And they’re very great at choosing great storylines. So we’ll see.
Jeremy: Yeah, I think it’s for me, I mean I have you know, a lot of ideas. But it doesn’t really ultimately matter. I think the relationships are kind of what is interesting in this world with others. And I’d just like to see the new ones start and others fade or whatever, just and deepen. I think that’d be interesting. That’s what I’d be curious about the next upcoming ones.
Question: Cobie, Agent Hill’s pretty great at shooting.
Cobi: 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.
Question: Do you get to go to the gun range and maybe practice before filming?
Cobie: I did a lot of that for the first one. I did a lot of training ’cause I was actually quite terrified of guns, so I did a lot of that. I kind of got over that fear through, doing the first one. And then the second one you always have a day or two with whoever.
Whichever crew member is sort of in charge of that to do some training beforehand. So I did that. But, as I said, it’s very much just shoot in this direction. And, I hope I look like I knew what I was doing. But, most of the training came the first time around.
Question: So we got to see Hawkeye at home. And I think we’re all ready for Maria Hill at home.
Cobie: I feel like she sleeps in the Avenger’s Tower. Like her desk just kind of converts into a bed. And she gets her two hours. And then she springs back up and gets back to work.
Question: Do you have an idea of what you think Maria Hill is doing when she’s off?
Cobie: I don’t think she gets a lot of time off. I don’t think she has much of a personal life. It’d be an interesting thing to explore for sure. But yeah I don’t think that she’s getting out into the world very often.