I was shooting The Avengers and slingin’ some bow-and-arrow when I read this thing. Growing up, you used to have to do things like ask people for directions instead of just looking it up on your smartphone.
It started off as a movie that I really wanted to do—this David-and-Goliath tale that I was really drawn to—and then it became a movie I had to do. We can say we’re at war, and then it’s something else that comes up two days later, and then it’s gone. I think it’s a travesty for our youth that we’re born with cellphones in our hands and have access to all the information that adults do.
And she said, “How come no one knows you’re married? Everyone’s got their own relationship with the media and mine is… A lot of them seem to just service the guy, and it’s a travesty. I haven’t had any official conversations about doing it or not. We have to do some pick-up shots here and there, but for the most part. It’ll be cool to show your daughter these superhero movies when she grows up. you need to listen to Dad.”[Laughs] When she’s a teenager I’ll say, “Watch The Town. Behave.” What’s going on with this upcoming Steve Mc Queen biopic you’re attached to? The Mc Queen film will probably be in the next four years. They made it more exciting when Paul [Greengrass] and Matt [Damon] got back into the mix, and finally cracked a story idea for them to come back into it.
The reporter just asked and I didn’t lie, I just told her. Everything in my life I should just scream out to people? Are you going to hook up with Kathryn Bigelow again? It’s basically just some guy announcing he’ll give people $100 million to bust him out of jail, which then propels every gangbanger in the greater Los Angeles area to come for him.[Laughs] Yes! And your buddy Colin Farrell just got True Detective. Strong female roles in cinema are hugely important to me. For me, I signed on to The Avengers 1-3 and then Hawk-Eye, in case they want to do a Hawk-Eye spin-off. We’re putting it together, and it’ll probably be a couple of years before we get going on that.
In between the blockbusters, the 43-year-old managed to slip in Kill the Messenger.