Six Things I Learned About Jeremy Renner- Hawkeye & Elizabeth Olsen- Scarlet Witch Captain America: Civil War

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Disclosure- I was invited by Disney to attend this all expense paid press trip but all opinions are 100% my own.

Photo Credit- Marvel

Photo Credit- Marvel

A few weeks ago when I was in Los Angeles as part of the Captain America Event, 24 other bloggers and I had the opportunity to interview Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) about their roles in the new movie, Captain America: Civil War which will be in theaters May 6th, 2016. On a side note, the movie was AMAZING. I’ll be posting my review soon so keep an eye out for it. I loved it so much I already bought tickets to see it with my family at an early screening on May 5th. I can’t wait!!! So here’s what we learned from Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

 Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

In the comics, your character is mostly deaf.  How would feel about them introducing that into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

“I keep hearing about that. It isn’t really played out at this point and not unless we say he’s got an amazing hearing aid or something.” -Jeremy Renner

“Or maybe you get into explosion.” -Elizabeth Olsen

“We were focused much more on the alternate sort version of not the big purple mask sort of guy, you know.  He’s more of the utility sort of guy.  So yeah they talked about that, but I don’t think it’s gonna play anytime.” –Jeremy Renner

“Well, I don’t know.  You could always be blown up somewhere and…”-Elizabeth Olsen

“What? What?” –Jeremy Renner (acting like he can’t hear Elizabeth)

hawkeyeYou reprised your role as Hawkeye for this movie.  Did you need to do any extra training for the bow?  Do you bow hunt?

“I don’t. I didn’t do any extra training. Every time there is a different sort of setup with the bow and what’s happening with the tech stuff.  On this one, the quiver’s different.  Sometimes they could snap out and they put a different tip on the bottom.  This one I really do a full extension. It’s the same gear- different tips.”–Jeremy Renner

nullSo there is a lot of action; there’s a lot of humor in the movie.  Did you guys have improv or was that just something they wrote in?

“The Russo brothers were great.  They’d always have alt lines for certain things and these sort of one-liners, and then they just let you kind of run with a bunch of different things. So I have no idea what makes the cut. You still do alt lines. They just want to have options for tone and then pace and that sort of thing.  That was probably the most fun part of the job- improvising- that was fun.”  –Jeremy Renner

 Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Could you guys tell us a little bit about your stunts and how much was you, and how much was, you know, the stuntmen?

“I think we do as many stunts as we can. A lot of times they take a second crew [stunt doubles] out when we’ve already been wrapped from the movie, when they’re in Germany, and they might do stuff then.  But when we’re there, we do everything. I need to get better at wirework, I think, for the next one. And flying.” – Elizabeth Olsen

“It’s almost just practical stuff.  I don’t do the CGI stuff. It happens outside the arrows. I fire an arrow because it’s gotta go somewhere, right?  [LAUGHS] You know, into the cameraman.  [AUDIENCE LAUGHS] But I’ll do ninety-nine percent of the script. This is fun- if I couldn’t, then this would be a boring job. There’s one flip I couldn’t do it, so my stunt double did.”–Jeremy Renner

scarlet witchWhat inspired to do the role of the Scarlet Witch?

“A few things.  I was already a fan of Ironman and Avengers. Then I started reading more about Scarlet Witch’s journey, and I found the fact that her mind is the only thing that limits her and the ever possibility of this kind of insanity and being able to manipulate reality- that it even throws- that she can manipulate her own reality, those kinds of things, to me, really cool. I didn’t know when they would come into play or if they will, and I still hope we play around more with that part of her.  But I just think she’s a really cool character and it’s a lot of opportunity for storytelling.” – Elizabeth Olsen

nullWas ever any real-life tension between the actors?

“No, it’s a lot of laughing. There’s a lot of jokes and a lot of inappropriate humor. Yeah, everyone’s got a good attitude about it when we’re doing. I mean Paul Bettany who is in such an uncomfortable costume and he’s sweating through these prosthetics, and he can’t take them off, and he’s so miserable, and he is still one of the funniest people on set.  I think everyone just has a good attitude.  If we complain, we complain and laugh about it and move on because you can’t complain about it.  It’s a really awesome job.  And I think we all recognize that.”- Elizabeth Olsen

 Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Captain America: Civil War opens in theaters May 6th

Check your local theater listings because you might even be able to see a showing on May 5th in the evening. I’m so excited because I already bought tickets to see it with my family next Thursday night!
Here’s a sneak peek to hold you over until you can see it in theaters:

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