April 19, 2015 -- Jeremy Renner: My Heart's With Pacman (Inquirer.net)

Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders

LOS ANGELES—“Come on, man. That’s an easy one!” Jeremy Renner replied when we asked who he is rooting for in the coming Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout. “My heart’s always with Manny. Yeah, I’ll be watching the fight most likely from home. I can’t wait. It’s going to be the fight of the century.”

Renner says directing him and his popular costars in “Avengers” was, for Joss Whedon,  “like wrangling and herding kittens.” Asked who he was wearing in this interview at the Disney lot in Burbank, the actor who plays Clint Barton/Hawkeye in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” quipped, “I’m not wearing any pants.” Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill in the movie), paired with Jeremy in this chat, cracked, “He takes them off when he does interviews behind tables.”

As for his own fight scenes in “Ultron,” which use a lot of special effects, the actor who shot most of “The Bourne Legacy” in the Philippines and fell in love with the country, said that instead of acting with ping-pong balls, “Sometimes, when a scene is closer to the camera, they’ll use real guys in costumes that they can just wipe out digitally. So when it comes to me firing at guys or stabbing a guy, robots or whatever, it helps to have a little bit of reference. Most of the time, you just have to use your imagination.”

Sorry for Joss

With a big, star-studded cast, Joss Whedon had quite a job directing the movie, according to Jeremy. “When there’s like 10 of us in a scene, there’s a lot to cover. So it seems like you’re doing that scene for many days. We get in the way of things getting done because we like each other so much. It’s hard for anyone to listen. It’s like wrangling and herding kittens. Poor Joss. I feel sorry for him. But we all have a good time and that’s not a hard thing for us to do.”

On how he sees himself in 20 years, Jeremy, who’s set to shoot an untitled “Bourne” sequel that’s due next year, answered, “Hopefully, still alive. Let’s start with that. And hopefully not in tights. I don’t think anybody wants to see this guy in tights at 64.”

“I kind of… do,” the lovely Cobie teased with a smile.

“I’d throw my back out,” added Jeremy, who also stars in “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation,” “Story of Your Life” and “Captain America: Civil War.” “I don’t know, man. I’d like to just be around for my baby (Ava Berlin, born in March 2013). That’s all I care about. She won’t even be a baby at that point. I’ll have to fight off some guys at that point.”

With a grin, Jeremy said, “I don’t know what’s happening tomorrow, man, let alone 20 years from now.”

Source: Inquirer.net