Interview With Scarlet Witch And Hawkeye: Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner #CaptainAmericaEvent

The definitive line between #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan will soon become much more evident once Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, but until then, we got a quick reminder from stars of the film, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. The two, for the record, are both on #TeamCap as they reprise their roles as Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch.

Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner reprise their roles as superheroes in Captain America: Civil War

Jeremy Renner And Elizabeth Olsen On Themselves As Toys

In a room of 25 bloggers, all of whom have chosen a side, actress Elizabeth Olsen notices immediately.

A lot of Stark shirts in the audience,” she says, suspiciously. Though we’re pretty much split down the middle on our support, she obviously notices the opposing team first.

We’re gonna have a problem,” Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, adds. He tells us that he and Elizabeth have not yet seen the film, which is not surprising with a big blockbuster like this. There are often changes still being made in post-production. In fact, I had the chance to see Captain America: Civil War a month before its release and it was confirmed later that a second post-credit scene was added.

Jeremy Renner plays Hawkeye in Captain America: Civil War

I’m pretty made sure we made it if we made this far,” Elizabeth laughs.

On the table, in front of Oslen and Renner, are numerous toys and bobbleheads modeled after their characters. Just like the rest of the cast we interviewed before them, the two are amused by their likeness and, it seems, a bit of creative license, as well.

Where did I the boy band facial haired thing?” Renner asks.

And the moodiest expression,” Olsen adds.

Renner, laughing, “Well, yeah, that’s fine. They’re always strange to me.

I love it!” Olsen said about the toys. “I think it’s the weirdest thing and I think it’s awesome.

The two actually have an obvious friendship that extends beyond the big screen. In fact, they’re currently filming another movie together in Utah called Wind River.

Interview with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen

Actress Elizabeth Olsen is one of a few kick-ass females that are part of the MCU and in Captain America: Civil War, although many of her stunts are more metaphysical than physical, there is still work to be done physically by the actress.

I think we do as many stunts as we can,” Olsen said “and then they, a lot of times, take a second crew out, or they’ll film things when we’ve already been wrapped from the movie, and they might do stuff then. But, but when we’re there, we do everything.

Elizabeth Olsen plays Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Civil War

And Renner is no exception, as well. Though his hard work is more apparent physically, the actor has had several roles for which he had to stay in top shape. “All my stuff is kind of practical stuff. I don’t do a lot of CGI,” Renner told us with regards to his Marvel role. “It’s outside the arrows, you know, and the- fire an arrow because it’s gotta go somewhere, right? You know, into the cameraman,” he laughs. 

Also, I don’t like having a stunt person do what I do, anyway,” Olsen adds. “If they have to match a move, like a kick or a roll, or a fall.

Why Elizabeth Olsen Loves The Role Of Scarlet Witch

I was already a fan of Ironman and Avengers,” Olsen said about her taking the role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. “I saw it with my dad when I working in Serbia and I loved it. Then when I told my older brother who loves comics and knows – he’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 [Whedon]. 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,” Olsen explained.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War L to R: Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016
Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

I will not put you in a leotard, and cape, and a head cast,” Whedon told her. “And, then I started reading more about her journey, and I found her – 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 she can manipulate her own reality, those kinds of things, to me, really cool.

Jeremy Renner On Being Hawkeye

Hawkeye is a relatively quiet, humbled family man who just happens to kick a little ass and shoot an arrow faster than anyone I’ve ever seen.

I didn’t do any extra training,” Renner told us. “Every time, it’s a different sort of setup with the bow 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’s – I really do a full extension… otherwise, it’s the same gear- different tips.

Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye said much of his stunts are ones he did on his own
Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen)
Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 

Because of Scarlet Witch’s power, which is mostly mind controlled and for which CGI effects are added in post-production, much of what Elizabeth Olsen does is, essentially, pretending that something is there when it isn’t. This can sometimes be far more challenging that a physical stunt.

There’s a lot of jokes and a lot of inappropriate humor. Everyone’s a degenerate, yeah.” – Elizabeth Olsen on behind-the-scenes of Captain America: Civil War

One of my favorite [scenes],” she says to Renner “is you, me, and Paul filming that sequence just because it was so funny.

Oh, when you sent him down into the Earth?” he laughs.

It’s really odd to film when you have two not-so-practical powers,” she said “and you had Jeremy who’s a practical fighter for his hero. And I’m, like, as sincerely and genuinely as possible trying to make him a thousand tons, you know? And shove him down to the center of the Earth.

We cut,” Jeremy said “and we had to start laughing.

It’s weird,” Elizabeth added. “Yeah. It’s definitely weird. I grew up dancing, so for me, [her movements are] some weird choreography that I get to make with someone who’s actually a very talented dancer and choreography.

She and I have become good friends. We actually geek out over it, and we’ll, like, send each other videos of- oh, you know, that bit where you have to, like, throw debris at this person? Maybe we can get debris from here and swing it this way, or… – and we just think of all these different ways of how to use the movement.

Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Captain America: Civil War
Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

The character of Scarlet Witch has definitely changed from the first time we saw her in The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, so we can’t wait to see how she continues to evolve as part of The Avengers.

We hope that it all, like, 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,” she laughs. “So hopefully, it looks like I’m doing something.

For me,” Renner adds, “I suppose, I think there’s a lot to explore; to go back a bit and all that sort of thing and understand, how or why and what- just the, the reason to do it. There’s gotta be a reason- not just throw it out there. But yeah, I do love the character. I’m always willing to explore it more, until they kill me.

Or until you’re fifty and tired,” Olsen adds.

Until I’m fifty, yeah” Renner laughs. “Don’t wait too long, man. No one wants to see that; an old man in tights.

Be sure to see Captain America: Civil War when it hits theaters on May 6th!

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