getty (3) From L to R: Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth
Jeremy Renner gets candid about some playful behind-the-scenes frictions at the Marvel movies.
The two-time Academy Award nominee, 51, recalled the time Robert Downey Jr. jokingly suggested breaking Chris Hemsworth’s knee on the set of 2012 The Avengers, as he appeared on Dax Shepard’s Monday armchair expert podcasting.
“We all parade around in our costumes a little bit,” Renner recalls. “So it looks like it’s Halloween. We’re excited and feeling ridiculous too. I feel like we all knew each other somehow. Except we didn’t know this Hemsworth guy, because he’s from Australia .”
“He’s the tallest, he’s the prettiest. Downey [was like]”We have to break his knee. We have to get him out. This man is too handsome. He’s too tall. He’s too charming. F— this man,’ “Renner added.
Marvel Studios poster for The Avengers (2012)
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In all seriousness, Racer said that he and his… avengers costars have grown to think of each other as “family,” adding, “You can’t replace or quantify that.”
“Everyone is a celebrity in their own right,” says the… hawk eye star explained. “But being a Marvel celebrity, especially like the original six, was just a different kind of journey.”
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“There have been marriages and divorces and children have been born and there have been many shifts and changes in our personal lives as well as in our acting lives, which we all share in a very specific way,” he also said, noting that the cast has got matching tattoos to symbolize their bond.
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Hemsworth appears to have intimidated several of his Marvel colleagues with his physique, as PEOPLE’s reigning sexiest man alive Paul Rudd shared a similar experience from his first meeting with the Thor: Love and Thunder actor, a fellow SMA alumnus.
“I remember on the set of” [Avengers:] Endgame“I was training so hard, eating perfect for so long, training like an athlete,” Rudd, 52, told PEOPLE in November.
Rudd added: “And I was standing next to Chris Hemsworth, and I was like, ‘What’s the point?’ Why even try, because there is That.”