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Exclusive Interview with Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth Olsen #CaptainAmericaEvent

Updated May 15, 2016
Marvel's Captain America: Civil War L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Photo Credit: Film Frame
© Marvel 2016

A few days ago I shared with you my interview with Chris Evans from Captain America Civil War. While I was there I also got a chance to interview Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye and Elizabeth Olsen who plays Scarlett Witch. I have always loved Jeremy Renner since the 90’s as he has always drawn me in with those mysterious eyes of his. After seeing the movie Captain America Civil War, I immediately became of fan of Scarlett Witch. She does this amazing motion with her hands to show off her superpower and kicks some major butt in the movie.

Exclusive Interview with Jeremy Renner & Elizabeth OlsenPhoto Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

In the comics, Hawkeye is mostly deaf. How would feel about them introducing that into the Marvel cinematic Universe?

Jeremy Renner: I keep hearing about that and it isn’t really played out at this point not unless we say he’s got an amazing hearing aid or something.We were focused much more on the alternate version of not the big purple mask sort of guy as he’s much more of the utility sort of guy. So yeah, they talked about that, but I don’t think it’s gonna play out anytime soon. Things are a little late.


While a lot of fans think it would be awesome if there was a solo Hawkeye movie in the future it might not happen anytime soon. When we asked Jeremy Renner about it this is what he had to say.

Jeremy Renner: That’s above my paygrade, and I’m not gonna make those decisions. For me, I think there’s a lot to explore. To go back a bit and the circus and all that sort of thing and understand how or why and what and just, the reason to do it. There’s gotta be a reason, not just throw it out there. But yeah, I love the character. I’m always willing to do it – explore it more, until they kill me.

IMG_1784Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

How much of the stunts do you do yourself?

Elizabeth Olsen: I think we do as many stunts as we can, and then they, a lot of times, take a second crew out, or they’ll film things when we’ve already been wrapped from the movie, when they’re in Germany, and they might do stuff then. When we’re there, we do everything. I don’t like having a stunt person do what I do.

Jeremy Renner: Yeah, we just do it all. It’s almost just practical stuff for Hawkeye. It happens outside the arrows, you know. When you fire an arrow, it’s gotta go somewhere, right? You know, into the cameraman. But, yeah, it’s 90% of the script. There was one flip I couldn’t do so my stunt double did it for me.


Photo Credit: Coralie Searight of Lovebugs and Postcards

What inspired you to take on the role of Scarlett Witch?

Elizabeth Olsen: A few things. I was already a fan of Iron Man and Avengers. I saw it with my dad when I was working in Servia; it was about the second time seeing it and loved it. I told my older brother, who loves comics and is the person who can guess where everything’s going in the comics that I was meeting with Joss, but I didn’t know what character was gonna be. Joss started explaining to me who Scarlet Witch was and said just know that you will not look like that. I will not put you in a leotard, and cape, and a head cast. As I started reading more about her journey, I found the fact that her mind is the only thing that limits her, and the possibility of this kind of insanity and being able to manipulate reality. The fact that she can manipulate her own reality are really cool to me. I think she’s a really cool character, and it’s a lot of opportunity for storytelling.


In the movie Scarlett Witch does these movements with her hands to get her superpowers to work. When asked if it was hard to translate her movements this is what she had to say.

Elizabeth Olsen: It’s definitely weird. I love it and grew up dancing, so for me, this was like some kind of weird choreography. I get to meet with someone who’s actually a very talented dancer and choreography, and she and I have become good friends. We actually geek out over it, and we’ll send each other videos of different ways of how to use the movement. We hope that it all continues to evolve and grow as she does, and understands her powers more. But I love it. I look like an idiot on set, but in my mind, I feel cool. So hopefully, it looks like I’m doing something.

Captain America will be in theaters on 5/6/16 so be sure to mark your calendars and take the whole family to see it.

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Disclosure: Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to LA to the #CaptainAmericaEvent #JungleBook #ABCTVEvent #AdventuresInBabysitting #TheCatch and #TheFamily event.  All opinions are 100% mine and not influenced in any way.

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