One of the disappointments of The Avengers (and there were a few, despite the film’s grosses), was that the character of Hawkeye turned out to be pretty much as absolutely pointless as one could imagine an archer would be next to a radioactive Hulk, a Norse god, a genetically engineered super soldier, and a billionaire genius with a robotic super-suit. And Jeremy Renner, the man who played Hawkeye, doesn’t disagree.
If you’ll recall, Thor set Hawkeye up to be a SHIELD badass, only for The Avengers to turn him into a mindless zombie who serves the villain for about 90% of the film. Then, when he finally turns good near the end of the film (thanks to a single blow to the head), he basically has to shoot a bunch of arrows in a CGI superfest that doesn’t exactly require master thespian skills.
Renner definitely noted the disparity, and in a recent interview with the L.A. Times, stated that “90% of the movie, I’m not the guy I signed on to play…all I could really work on was the physical part of it all, because that didn’t change.” He also noted that he was “limited by the role.
I prefer [playing the good version of the character], because if we go to the evil part, or hypnotized or whatever the heck you want to call it, it’s kind of a vacancy. Not even a bad guy, because there’s not really a consciousness to him. The interesting part was being guilty about the bad things I did do when I was hypnotized. I think he’s already an interesting enough character. To really kind of take away who that character is and just have him be this sort of robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses. Again, I could just focus on the task. I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. So yeah, fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No. That doesn’t exist in that time [that he's hypnotized]. It happens to be for most of the movie.
While he is justified in being disappointed and limited by the role, he does note that “I felt like if I can help serve story, then I did my job.” Now The Avengers 2 is set to be written and directed once again by Joss Whedon, publicly complaining about his role in Avengers might help gain him an expanded role in the sequel. Or the character might just be pushed further in the background.
What would you prefer to see?
Source: Cinema Blend