In what we can only assume to be a brilliant display of method acting meant to reflect how vulnerable his character is compared to his fellow Avengers, Hawkeye actor Jeremy Renner “broke both his arms” while filming a stunt for Avengers: Infinity War.
Variety reports that while speaking at a Karlovy Vary Film Festival press conference on Friday for Taylor Sheridan’s Wind River, Renner revealed that he fractured his right elbow and left wrist during the shoot. “That’s how it goes,” Renner said. “It’s part of the job.”
In a nonchalant manner, Renner said that the injury wouldn’t affect his job and really isn’t a big deal. “I’m sort of a problem solver, you know. There will an effect to it, but it won’t stop me from doing things that I need to be doing,” he said, no doubt referring to shooting arrows and other Hawkeye-related activities. “I’ll heal fast. I’m doing everything I can to heal faster.”
Renner claims that his current job requires very little stunt work, so his injuries won’t get in the way very much. “I’m doing a job that isn’t really requiring a ton of stunts. It’s not an action movie; it’s a comedy. It just happens to have a few stunts in it. So I don’t have to beat a whole lot of people up or do anything crazy. So it won’t really affect my job….It affects how I get dressed in the morning. I can’t tie my shoes, but outside of that and everything else, I can kind of get by.”
Though Renner does many of his own stunts in the Avengers films (hence the injury), the actor was quick to point out that much of what you see on screen comes together in the editing room and that he’s often “surprised” by how different the finished scenes look when all the visual effects have been added.
“Visual effects has become a huge part of filmmaking nowadays, and it is also done so well,” he said. “I remember watching the first ‘Avengers’….It was so big and there were so many characters and so many things going on, you can’t really understand from the script what the hell you are really doing….Just figure out your character and your own piece in this puzzle.”
“And then the effects take over. Once we’re done with principal photography, it goes into editing and the effects are added, and [the VFX] create the bad guys, the aliens, the backdrop….So it is always a surprise when it comes to films like ‘Avengers’ and the whole Marvel universe to see [the finished movie]. It’s the only time that I really watch a movie that I’ve done because it is a complete surprise to me how it has actually turned out.”
Avengers: Infinity War is currently in production at Pinewood Atlanta Studios and opens May 4, 2018. I really hope it features Hawkeye firing his bow from a wheelchair in a full body cast.