Jeremy Renner says he feigned heart attacks during takes as a hint to the film's producers
The Avengers star Jeremy Renner has admitted he was “frustrated” by his character’s story arc in the franchise’s first movie.
The actor explained during a Q&A event at London Film & Comic Con that he felt thwarted by the subplot which saw his character, Hawkeye, being brainwashed by Tom Hiddleston’s villain, Loki.
“I never really told anybody this, but in the first Avengers… I was just getting to know who Hawkeye was, and then zap, I go round like a zombie, I’m like Loki’s minion,” the Radio Times quotes Renner as saying. “And I’m still not even sure who Hawkeye was at that point. So I’m a little frustrated, because I was so excited to figure out who Hawkeye was.”
Renner also told fans at the event, presumably with his tongue reasonably firmly in his cheek, that he would feign heart attacks during scenes in order to drop a not-so-subtle hint to the film’s producers.
“And they said, ‘what are you doing man?'” Renner recalled. “[To which I replied] I’m giving you an option, if you just want to kick me out of this movie. Just you know, at any given moment, if you wanna kill me off, daddy’s gonna be having a heart attack.”
Renner’s character Hawkeye will next be seen in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, which will now be one movie instead of two as originally planned.
“I don’t really want him to die now,” Renner said at the Q&A event. “I really got to explore him a lot, and I can’t wait to explore him more, and there’s some really cool ideas coming up.”