I hired this amazing black-ops trainer to teach me how to hold a gun, take me to a shooting range, how to hit, how to hold myself, how to walk and basically how to look. I don’t do a ton of fighting in the movie, which is why I wasn’t offered a trainer, but I wanted to look like I had the ability to. And I really just got down and dirty with the character. — Cobie Smulders, whose portrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (and in comics, director) will see the big screen next summer in The Avengers.
Smulders may not have been offered the chance for on screen action, but we’re impressed by her devotion to learning the ropes of an action character’s backstory just to add weight to her scenes. Maria Hill is a controversial figure in the Marvel universe, who has found herself pitted against heroes like the Avengers as much as she has worked alongside them.
It sounds like Smulders is having fun with Hill, and since she’s signed for seven more films after this one, hopefully she’ll get that action sequence she’s been working towards. And how does she feel about Joss Whedon?
A dream. It was very handy to work with him because I was very intimated. There were a lot of extremely talented, very famous, people working on this film. And I felt very green. And he was so kind to me and I really feel he brought out the best in me performance wise. I really went in there going like, ‘I will do whatever you want me to do, Sir.
According to the How I Met Your Mother Podcast she’s also considering tiny details, like the fact that Maria Hill is a native of Chicago, to consider in her performance. Is this movie out yet?
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