Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld Talk ‘Hawkeye’ and Actually Making a Marvel Musical

The show that you were working on, was that "Dickinson"?
It's a classic mismatched pairing, especially since Kate's unbridled enthusiasm for saving the day is paralleled by Clint's world weary resignation with being an Avengers B-lister. The show underscores Clint's lot in life — perpetually on the periphery of the action, but still famous enough to be recognized — by opening with him taking his kids to see the unabashedly cheesy Broadway musical "Rogers" about Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers.
And it's always creepy. And then I let the directors know, like, this does happen to me, let me show you how to shoot it. But you know, you take the good with the bad. I live it every day. It's always creepy. Right? Renner: Yeah, I've spoken about it here and there on a talk show. Maybe that's how it got into the show.
And I just knew that I was going from one to the other, and I knew it was going to be completely different — as far as the role in the world that I was living in, to what I was, to what I was going to be doing. I mean it's a whole universe, right, that I'm stepping into that is completely established. It's on such a large scale. But I don't know that I really necessarily could have prepared myself for something like this. And there was, you know, part of me that was like, this can be a little daunting, but I had some wonderful support walking into this and felt very welcomed and supported. That much I knew. Haliee Steinfeld: In fairness, I didn't really know exactly what to expect. I was actually in the middle of another project when I got the call for this one. So I felt like it was a smooth entrance into the MCU.
I'm in! (Laughs) I don't know. There's a bit more that's not in the show — and I'm sure they have plans for this kind of stuff. It really was quite a production. But yes is the answer. I'm down. But yeah, ["Rogers"] was just oddly great and awful at the same time, and I've mixed feelings about it. Who knows what and how and way, shape or form. Renner: I think yes is the answer to both those questions. They think well ahead. We spoke about the idea of an "Avengers" musical back on the first "Avengers" [movie], and we were all kind of joking about it.
Do you think that there could be any real musical of an MCU show or movie? The musical "Rogers" is a near constant presence in the episodes that I watched. And would you want to be in it?
Renner and Steinfeld spoke with Variety about bringing a musical into the MCU; how doing a Marvel series compares with their other ongoing shows, the Paramount Plus crime drama "Mayor of Kingstown," and the Apple TV Plus period comedy "Dickinson"; and how their characters align (or don't) with their real life experiences.
Steinfeld: Correct.
Hailee, what was it that surprised you about joining a Marvel Studios project compared with what your expectations were going in?
You know, every MCU job has been different. We didn't get hurt, really. You know, there was a lot. So it just felt like exponentially more. That's the biggest difference, I can imagine, from any show. "Hawkeye" was different than anything I've experienced in the MCU — we did six hours of it in the same amount of time [as a movie]. Maybe a little bit here and there. And it was awesome because of that, I think. A huge part of the MC Universe is the stunt team and the fight coordinators and all that. We had a lot. There's no giant stunt team on, I don't think, either of our other shows. Renner: I mean, Every job is different. Right? So when you look at it from that perspective, I think there's a lot going on, there's a lot of moving parts for different teams. When a plane lands, it's just a controlled crash. This one was very different, I think, because of the amount of story: six hours. It's just a whole 'nother section of telling a story and it's a huge part of what we do.
Clint seems to be really down on the idea of being Hawkeye, especially the constant fame that comes with it. How close is that to your experience of being Hawkeye?
Sure!” /> Steinfeld: Oh, I didn't know I was part of the question!
The opening scene where you're in a public bathroom and you're trying to pee and a guy comes up to you wanting a selfie — that seems like that might have been an experience you've had yourself.
And then it's a great character mix up. She's just great at her job, and I'm great at my job. I think that there's a great, wonderful need for these characters to coexist. It might just be, you know, grumpy and tremendous. Jeremy Renner: I mean, I think there's some similarities to that. I don't know. Maybe take out the adjective extreme, or whatever. Yeah, there's some lines that blur, but not that many.
You're in there, but you know, still blessed nonetheless. Renner: Well, that's where it was pretty congruent and easy to kind of understand or express in a different way. Yeah, I mean, I think there's some similarities there.
Since 2012's "The Avengers," Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton has always been Marvel's blue collar superhero, a regular guy with fabulous aim whose weapon of choice to defeat all manner of villainy is, somewhat inexplicably, a bow and arrow. On the new Disney Plus series "Hawkeye" — the character's first titular outing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Clint meets his biggest fan, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), a wealthy Manhattan native who has, since she was a child, devoted her life to becoming a superhero just like Clint.
How does that compare to your dynamic working on the show together? Kate and Clint have such a specific dynamic — the extremely reluctant mentor and the extremely over eager apprentice.
It's rare that actors of your stature have two shows airing at the same time. And, Jeremy, you have "Mayor of Kingstown" basically at the same time. How does making those kind of dramas compare to making a Marvel show?

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