(3) From left to right: Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth
Jeremy Renner is getting candid about some playful behind-the-scenes friction on Marvel movies.
The two-time Oscar nominee, 51, recalled the time Robert Downey Jr. jokingly suggested breaking Chris Hemsworth’s knee on set in 2012. The Avengers, as it appeared Monday on Dax Shepard’s Expert Armchair Podcast.
“We all kind of parade around in our costumes,” Renner recalled. “So it looks like it’s Halloween. We’re excited and also feeling ridiculous. I feel like we all know each other, one way or another. Except we don’t know this guy from Hemsworth, because he’s from Australia.”
“It’s the greatest, it’s the most beautiful. Downey [was like], ‘We have to break his knee. We have to get him out. This guy is too handsome. He is too tall. He is too charming. F— that guy,” Renner added.
marvel studios poster for The Avengers (2012)
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In all seriousness, Renner said that he and his avengers the teammates learned to see each other as “family”, adding: “You can’t replace that or quantify it.”
“Everyone is a celebrity in their own right,” said the Hawk Eye star explained. “But being a Marvel celebrity, especially as an original six, has just been a different kind of trip.”
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“There have been marriages and divorces and children that have been born and a lot of changes and changes in our personal lives, as well as in our acting lives, which we all share together in a very specific way,” he also said, noting that the cast have gotten matching tattoos to symbolize their bond.
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Hemsworth appears to have intimidated several of his Marvel castmates with his physique, as reigning PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Paul Rudd recounted a similar experience when he first met the Thor: Love and Thunder actor, another SMA alumnus.
“I remember on the set of [Avengers:] End of Game, I trained so hard, I ate perfectly, for so long, I trained like an athlete,” Rudd, 52, told PEOPLE in November.
Rudd added: “And I was standing next to Chris Hemsworth, and I thought, ‘What’s the point?’ Why even try, because there is this.”