Exclusive Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner Interview
Our group was pretty evenly split with bloggers on #TeamIronMan and for Cap as well. A couple of us decided to get shirts to wear at the movie screening as well as the press interviews. We had just finished out interview with Chris Evans and the final set for the day was Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. They walked in the room and sat down for the interviews and the first thing Elizabeth mentions, “A lot of Stark shirts in the audience”, we all laugh and assured her that some of the ladies were wearing Captain America shirts as well.
The pair had some conversation about the action figures that was on the desk they were sitting at, discussing how they felt about having an action figure and some of the weird ones they’ve seen in their travels.
A few of the ladies in the group are huge comic book fans, and asked Jeremy about the whole Hawkeye being deaf in the comics storyline, and how he would feel about it being introduced in the movies.
I keep hearing about that, it isn’t really kinda played out at this point, and not unless we say he’s got an amazing hearing aid or something. It wasn’t really part of the conversation. We were focused much more on the alternate sort version of not the big purple mask sort of guy, you know. So he’s much of the utility sort of guy. They talked about that, but I don’t think it’s gonna play anytime- things are a little late.
We wanted to know about the stunts they did for the movie, since it’s filled with so much action. We wanted to know what they did themselves and what they needed a stunt double to do.
Elizabeth Olsen: I think we do as many stunts as we can, and then a lot of times, they 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. But when we’re there, we do everything.
Jeremy Renner : Yeah we just do it all. It’s almost just practical stuff. I don’t do CGI. It happens outside, because of the arrows, when you fire an arrow it’s gotta go somewhere, right? I’ll probably did ninety-nine percent of my stunts.
Elizabeth was amazing to talk to, and you can’t help but think about her sisters when you hear her name, but she has really created her own footing in the acting space. We asked her about how she got to the role of Scarlet Witch.
I was already a fan of Iron Man and the Avengers. I saw it with my dad when I was working in Serbia; it was my second time seeing it, and it had just came to Servia, and I loved it. I told my older brother who loves comics – Z’s the person who can guess where everything’s going, and he’s right, somehow. I told him I was taking a meeting with Joss, but I didn’t know what character it was gonna be, and Joss started explaining to me who the Scarlet Witch was, and he also said, when you look at the comics, just know you will not look like that.
I will not put you in a leotard, and cape, and a head cast. I started reading more about her journey, and I liked her, the fact that her mind is the only thing that limits her. The possibility of this kind of insanity and being able to manipulate reality, that she can manipulate her own reality, those kinds of things, to me are really cool.
Hawkeye is pretty impressive with his bow, I know I couldn’t even shoot a toy bow, so we wondered if Jeremy needed any special training to use the bow and arrows.
I didn’t do any extra training. It’s a different sort of setup with the bow and, and what’s happening with the tech and 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 get a full extension when pulling the arrows. It’s the same gear different tips.
During the interviews I started to notice a trend, it seems like these actors bond with each other and have a lot of fun. One fan asked on Twitter if there was any real life tension on the set. Both Elizabeth and Jeremy said none. Jeremy went on to talk about being on set.
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. No one complains, we complain and laugh about it, and move on because you can’t complain about it. It’s a really awesome job.
Scarlet Witch has some amazing super powers, even Chris Evans said he didn’t think Team Cap stands a chance without her on their team. Here’s what Elizabeth had to say about how she trains to portray this character.
It’s definitely weird. I love it, I grew up dancing, so for me, this is, like, some weird choreography. I get to meet with someone who’s actually a very talented dancer and choreographer, and she and I have become good friends. And we actually geek out over it, and we’ll send each other videos like oh you know that bit where you have to throw debris at this person? Maybe we can get debris from here and swing it this way. We just think of all these different ways of how to use the movement. We hope that it 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, [LAUGHS]. So hopefully, it looks like I’m doing something, [LAUGHS].
The last thing we asked about was how Hawkeye’s relationship was changing with Black Widow in this movie, he said it was difficult to deal with the different dynamic of the relationship, he loves working with that character, they have so much history together and share a lot of secrets. He also said that the same familial relationship he has with Black Widow, he’s starting to build with Scarlet Witch. You’ll have to see the movie for yourself to see how the ultimate battle goes down.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.
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Disclosure: I attended an all expenses paid press trip with Disney/Marvel, any opinions expressed are my own. Photos used in this post were provided by Disney and Coralie S. of LoveBugs and Postcards.