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Jeremy Renner and Robert Downey Jr. were so intimidated by Chris Hemsworth that they wanted to ‘break his knee’ when they first met him.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is so mighty and expansive now; it’s strange to look back to 2012 when six people made up the Earth’s mightiest heroes: Renner’s Hawkeye; Downey Jr.’s Iron Man; Chris Evans’ Captain America; Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow; Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk; and Hemsworth’s Thor.
During a recent appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast, hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, Renner discusses his role in Mayor of Kingstown, his upbringing with ‘badass women’ and his relationship with his fellow Avengers – as well as his first encounter with the God of Thunder.
Renner recalled meeting the Extraction star for the first time while filming The Avengers. He actually made a brief appearance in Thor, but it seems they didn’t chat much until their eventual team-up against the Chitauri in New York.
‘If you ever played any sports, it was like joining a new team. I knew Robert Downey Jr., I knew Scarlett Johansson, I just didn’t know Chris Hemsworth,’ he said, to which Shepard replied, ‘From what I hear, he’s a pretty great guy.’
‘Yeah, he’s amazing, but we didn’t know, right? On the first day, we’re all waiting around in our costumes. It looks like it’s Halloween. We’re excited but equally feeling ridiculous. I feel like we all knew each other somehow, someway, except for this Hemsworth guy, because he comes from Australia,’ Renner continued.
‘And he’s the tallest, the most good-looking… Downey was like, ‘We gotta break his knee. We gotta take him out. This guy’s too good-looking. He’s too tall, he’s too charming, f*ck this guy’,’ he joked.
During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, Renner also revealed the one MCU movie he’s never been tempted to re-watch: Avengers: Endgame.
‘I saw it at the premiere, but that was just something to celebrate for all of us. We were all laughing and weeping, and it was a lot to do. I’ll never watch that again; it was a difficult experience. We were all just a sobbing mess and we’re laughing. It’s amazing, we were like audience members and that was awesome to experience. I mean, that was a lovely, beautiful experience to share,’ he said.
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