Avengers Age of Ultron interview with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders was the first interview of the day for our group. We were all sitting at a giant table feeling really excited, a bit nervous, and so much more.
It is hard to describe the feeling in the room as you are waiting for the actors and actresses to walk through the door. It almost feels like you are in a parallel universe hoping the interview is going to happen but worried that really you are just dreaming.
Thankfully it was not a dream and Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders walked through the door to meet with us. Jeremy started the interview off by saying “Ooh, I feel like a fox in the hen house” which made the entire room giggle.
Cobie Smulders plays Agent Maria Hill in the Avengers. We started off by asking her how was it to film, to be like this awesome woman agent and all men?
Cobie : It’s fun. It’s very fun. Yeah, I mean it’s interesting because people talk about that a lot with these films that there’s few females. And it’s a male driven, film. But maybe it’s because we’ve 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, we have some strong female, other strong females, Scarlett and now Lizzie. And it’s just nice seeing more women coming into these films.
Jeremy : It’s good for us too.
Cobie : Yeah.
Jeremy : Seriously. I mean I love Hemsworth. But you know
Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye in Avengers Age of Ultron. Trust me when I say you are going to love him even more after this movie.
We asked both Cobie and Jeremy ~ How did you physically prepare for the movie? And then 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. Uh, 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 moving parts that’s where it gets a little tricky. 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 to 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 quite arduous.
Cobie : Training, I mean every time these movies come up, you know, a couple months before you start working out. I did a few stunts in this one, not as much as the the super heroes 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 : We have a lot of fun together. So it’s a hard group to wrangle as well. But these scenes, 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, you’re doing the same thing over. 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.
Where do you want to see each of your character’s go in the subsequent movies?
Cobie : You know, there’s 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. Yeah, it’s hard to say. It’s very much under Marvel’s control. And they’re very great at choosing great story lines. 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 are 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.
I have a question for Cobie. Um, Agent Hill’s pretty great at shooting. Do you go to the range to practice?
Cobie : 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. (Pointing to shooting right while the bad guy to the left dies) Always hit your mark. It’s very exciting.
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, like I said, I mean it’s very much just shoot in this direction. And, I hope I look like I knew what I was doing.
Jeremy, you had a bigger role in this movie. And 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. 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 there’s- artistically it doesn’t like really hit a lot of like nerves in my body. But 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, uh, 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 ass people, stay out of the costume, man. Come on, I love you. I’ll see you at Comic-Con. That’s okay then.
Jeremey ended by telling us the group was 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!!!
A few minutes after our interview we saw this tweet go out by Jeremy. How cool is that!
Just sat with an army of “mommy bloggers” Didn’t know that was a thing til now, but I LOVED it!! #aou #marvel
— Jeremy Renner (@Renner4Real) April 11, 2015
Official Boiler Plate for 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.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Chris Evans as Captain America. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers.
Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
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