Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen came into the interview room together with a 25 mom blogger sitting in rows with a table at the front of the room with little figurines of all their characters sitting in front of them. They started talking to each other and us about the toys of themselves. Elizabeth Olsen let us know that she loves seeing herself as a toy. “I love it. I think it’s the weirdest thing, and I think it’s awesome. My friend walked by the Lego Store in New York and took a photo of Scarlet Witch.”
In the comics, your character is mostly deaf, How would feel about them introducing that into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
I keep hearing about that. It isn’t played out at this point, and not unless we say he’s got an amazing hearing aid or something. It wasn’t part of the conversation. We were focused much more on the alternate sort version of not the big purple mask guy. He’s much [more of] the utility guy. I don’t think it’s going to play anytime- things are a little late. Elizabeth Olsen chimed in, “Well, I don’t know. You could always be blown up somewhere.”
Could you guys tell us a little bit about your stunts and how much was you, and how much was, you know, the stuntmen?
Elizabeth Olsen told us about her stunt experience. “I think we do as many stunts as we can. 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, but when we’re there, we do everything. I don’t like having a stunt person do what I do, anyway. If they have to mesh, a move because it’s not a roll or a fall.
Jeremey chimed in about the stunts: “It’s almost just practical stuff. It happens. The arrows have to go somewhere…into the cameraman. Yeah. I need to get better at wirework, I think, for the next one.”
What inspired to do the role of the Scarlet Witch?
A few things. I was already a fan of Ironman and Avengers. I remember, I saw it with my dad when I was working in Servia. It was about the second time seeing it, and it just came to Servia, and I loved it. When I told my older brother who loves comics and knows, the person, who can guess where everything’s going, and he’s right, somehow. I told him I was taking- meeting with Joss, but I didn’t know what character it was going to be, and Joss started explaining to me who the Scarlet Witch was. He 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.’ Then I started reading more about her journey, and I found her [interesting]. The fact that her mind is the only thing that limits her and the ever possibility of this kind of insanity and being able to manipulate reality- that it even throws- that she can manipulate her reality, those kinds of things, to me [is] really cool. I didn’t know when they would come into play or if they will, and I still hope we play around more with that part of her. I just think she’s a cool character, and it’s a lot of opportunity for storytelling.
Do you need extra training for the bow? Do you bow hunt?
I didn’t do any extra training. Every time, it’s a different sort of setup with the bow and, and what’s happening with the tech and stuff. On this one [Civil War], the quiver’s different. Sometimes they could snap out, and they put a different tip on the bottom. [In this movie], I do a full extension.
One of my readers wanted to know if there was ever any real-life tension, uh, between the actors?
Elizabeth Olsen told us that, “There’s a lot of jokes and, a lot of inappropriate humor. Everyone’s a degenerate. Paul Bettany who is in such an uncomfortable costume and, 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. If we complain, we laugh about it and move on because it’s you can’t complain about it. It’s an awesome job, and I think we all recognize that.
Was there something that was fun that happened while you guys were working here on set? Can you share an on-set story that was funny, that happened while you guys worked together?
“One of my favorites is you [Jeremey Renner], me [Elizabeth Olsen], and Paul [Bettany] filming that sequence [the scene with the floor] just because it was so funny. Because that’s, that’s odd to film when you have two not so practical powers of actors, and you had Jeremy, who’s a practical fighter as what- for his hero. It was four in the morning. I’m sincerely and genuinely as possible trying to make him [Paul] a thousand tons and shove him down to the bottom- center of the Earth. Jeremey added, “We cut, and we had to start laughing.” Elizbeth added, “We were giggly and loopy, and that was a hilarious day on set. It’s weird. I love it. I grew up dancing, so for me, this is some weird choreography. I get to meet with someone who’s 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 a 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 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.
A lot of people are asking about a Hawkeye film. How would you feel if they came out with just Hawkeye?
That’s above my paygrade. I think there’s a lot to explore to go back a bit and the circus, and all that sort of thing. There’s gotta be a reason not just throw it out there. I love the character. I’m always willing to do it- explore it more, until they kill me. Until I’m fifty, yeah. Don’t wait too long, man. No one wants to see that. Old man in tights.
What’s next for you guys?
We’re filming a movie in Park City together, right now, Jeremy and me. We’re snowmobiling. We’re chasing the snow up there because it takes place on an Indian reservation that is in Wyoming. The elements and the weather are the antagonists in this story. So, we were just chasing blizzards and snow, and we have two more weeks left. We were twelve thousand feet yesterday- two days ago. It’s a fun job, and it’s fun to get to work with each other in a, in a totally different way.
Was it difficult to change the dynamic that you have, um, with Black Widow from the previous movie to this movie?
Elizabeth’s take on Black Widow: I suppose it’s, there’s always different things that they serve up [for] the first time we’re together. There’s a lot of history with those characters, so I guess I can go off and do whatever. I like working with, with Scarlett and I love that, that character of Widow. She’s a badass, her character and herself.
Jeremey’s take on Black Widow: I just wish there was more. I love working with that character. I think they have a really good history together and a lot of secrets. It’s a good familial thing, and then it’s happening with, with Scarlett the Witch. The weirdest barbecue…the witch and the widow.
The interviews with Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner came right after my interview with Chris Evans. Check out that interview here: https://aprilgolightly.com/best-chris-evan-interview-ever-talking-captain-america-civil-war/
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