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Jeremy Renner on the moment in the ‘Hawkeye’ premiere inspired by real life (Exclusive)

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Jeremy Renner on the moment in the 'Hawkeye' premiere inspired by real life (Exclusive)

On Wednesday November 24th, Jeremy Renner will repeat his longstanding role as Avenger Clint Barton in the Marvel spin-off. Hawk Eye. In the latest Disney + series, the aging hero is withdrawn into the criminal underworld of New York City at the worst possible time: Just as he is trying to return home to celebrate Christmas with his family, his life unexpectedly crosses with the 22- year old archer, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld).

While the Christmas series compare with Die Hard, the show is mostly about Barton trying to settle in a post-Blip (and post-Avengers) world while anticipating the enduring fame that comes with being an international superhero and facing a past that he preferred to bury it – along with his alter ego, Rōnin.

In conversations with ET, Renner and Executive Producer Trinh Tran explain why Barton can never really let go of his past and how real moments that come with being one of Hollywood’s biggest stars made it into the series, especially one pointed moment in the first episode.

Hawk Eye
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In the middle of the premiere while Barton is attending a performance of Rogers the musical, a strange man sneaks up on him in the bathroom and tries to take a selfie with him. Barton quickly shakes off the fan, explaining that this is not the right time. And this scene, Renner and Tran confirm, is based on something that happened to the actor.

“Unfortunately, that happens 100 percent,” says Renner. “It’s nice to share this part of my life with people,” he adds.

Tran says what Renner went through was perfect for it Hawk Eye “Because it was similar to the experiences he had had. And for someone like Clint, who was a hero, people come up to him and ask for autographs. ”

In another scene, when Barton is about to pay for his family’s dinner, he learns that the restaurant has already cashed his check as a thank you for saving the city. While he’s being gracious at the moment, “he is uncomfortable,” she continues, explaining, “He doesn’t want that spotlight. He just wants to mind his own business, spend quality time with his family. That’s what it’s about him. That and help others. But it’s not about celebrity life. ”

This becomes especially clear when he meets someone like Bishop, who is above all a super fan of Hawkeye and throws him off with their eager energy.

At the start of the series, Tran explains, Barton grapples with a lot of mixed feelings – especially when you consider that he lost his best friend and closest partner, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), when the audience last lost him saw this exploring. “And how that plays out as the show goes on,” she says, adding, “when Kate Bishop walks in and he’s on guard.”

“Will he allow her to come in? Because he’s had all of these experiences and put himself in so many situations where he risked his life and he has no superpowers, ”notes Tran.

Hawk Eye
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Barton knows how dangerous life as an Avenger can be, so it was important for the series to show that he’s less than enthusiastic about Bishop’s arrival, let alone wants to team up with him when he realizes what he is because of the next five days before Christmas.

“That was the most important factor we wanted to make sure that came across,” says Tran of the bickering and banter between the two that sometimes makes Barton come across as a curmudgeon. It’s something they pulled from Matt Fraction’s 2015 comic book series of the character. “The opposing views they have of each other, their arguments, the jokes, the jokes about each other were really at the heart of this story,” she says. Thanks to both Renner and Steinfeld for bringing this to life on screen.

“The great thing is that Jeremy and Hailee treat each other like that,” says Tran, adding that this show “spends the time making that connection between the two of them, exploring their inner feelings and what they’re going through.”

At the end of the day, it’s a personal story for both of them. Perhaps even more so for Barton, who “is haunted by many good and bad things that have happened in his life,” says Renner, and when Rōnin comes back on the news, all of these memories of his darkest years will be during the Blip. awake . “It really becomes the main fuel for what needs to be fixed before he can see home and his family,” adds the actor.


Hawk Eye Two episodes premiered Wednesday November 24th on Disney +.

–Additional reporting from Denny Directo

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Reference from etonline