- Published: Tuesday, 19 November 2013 04:11
- Written by coolshades
JEREMY RENNER is aiming right at the blockbuster target with his Hollywood film roles.
After joining Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he's about to rub shoulders with Samuel L Jackson, Robert Downey Jr and a host of others when he plays superhero archer Hawkeye in Marvel's Avengers Assemble, released in cinemas this week.
He'll then go on to star in The Bourne Legacy and will appear next year in the somewhat bemusing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, a bizarre mash-up of fairy tale and action flick.
Renner knew nothing about Hawkeye before accepting the role. He was glimpsed briefly in Thor, in a shadowy cameo that was more of a nod to the fanboys, and now emerges fully in Avengers Assemble. The character - real name Clint Barton - is a master bowman with a quiver of hi-tech arrows that deliver explosive charges, grappling hooks and other gimmickry.
"I was familiar with the main characters, like Captain America, but I didn't read comics as a kid," Renner says.
"I think being unfamiliar with Hawkeye was a benefit for me, because I had no preconceived ideas about the character. He's alone in the game, an outcast and a loner. He's a lone-wolf sort of character, so he's not a team player, but will be there if needed."
Despite his array of big movies, it didn't come by design, he insists.
"I'm not really a blockbuster guy in my heart of hearts. That's just how it turned out," he says in an interview with The Sunday Times.
"Ideally, if I could control the future - when I get a job, or if I get a job - I probably would have tried to spread it out a little bit. But I'm more set financially, so that relieves a lot of the burden as an actor.
"And now I have the luxury of choosing what I do next, because I knocked out all these big movies, movies people will actually see."
His big chance came with The Hurt Locker. "Something like that usually goes to Russell Crowe, not to actors like me at that time. It was an amazing opportunity."
In August, he will be the lead in the new Bourne film, playing Aaron Cross, while Tony Gilroy takes over from Paul Greengrass behind the camera.
It's different from Mission: Impossible, he says, with Bourne being more dramatic and visceral. "It's not a prequel, not a reboot, but it keeps Bourne in the title so people know it's a Bourne movie and will have that same tone, pace, composition of shot, realism."
Renner is aware of how Hollywood has changed to suit the economic climate and the impact of the internet.
"That's why it's franchise movies and superhero movies. These studios have to keep in business to keep the lights on, but there's room out there for cinema not relying on visual effects to help you tell your story, and that's cheaper than CGI, or 3D, or whatever.
"That's what I want. I'm an audience member, for Christ's sake. I want to go to movies and be invested in these guys, and there's not a lot of time spent on that kind of stuff. But there needs to be long enough spent so you care about the characters jumping out of that building."