Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton team up as the title characters in the new adventure film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which takes a new spin on a classic fairytale. In line with his recent Bourne role and his typecast bravado role, Renner takes on another audacious character in the new film. However, his co-star reveals that he is surprisingly not the man that his on-screen characters are.
"He's so generous and considerate and very openhearted--very, very surprisingly so," said Arterton, who plays "Gretel" in the film. "We see him in his movies as so blokey--he's such a man and quite closed--but in real life, he was so generous with me and tender. I think you see that in the film.
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"As much as we have this boisterous brother-sister relationship, there's this real care for each other as well. I was very lucky to have him as my co-star."
Amid Arterton's flattering comments towards her co-star, Renner had high remarks for her as well, mentioning their immediate acting chemistry together.
"She's amazing," he said at the film's Los Angles premiere. "It was a big search to try to find a gal that could be brother and sister [with me] and have that connection, and we had that pretty quickly."
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The original fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel focuses on a young brother and sister and their journeys in the forest with a wicked, cannibalistic witch. Witch Hunters attempts to pick up where the story leaves off with a new twist, which Renner cited as the reason he became involved in the project.
"We had the freedom to do whatever we wanted because the children are grown-ups and they have all of these horrible experiences in the past, so we could have this fun with making them badass and have a sense a humor and they have issues," Arterton said about the film's action-comedy twist.
"The best thing was working with Jeremy and creating this brother-sister duo. That was really the heart of it and the most important thing for us and the most fun."
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The film's comedic twist is rooted in its producers, as Will Ferrell and Step Brothers filmmaker Adam McKay are co-producers on the film.
"Not to say what's on the poster, but it is actually a new twist. I found it very amusing," said Stephanie Corneliussen. "There's a lot of humor in the movie, which...I don't think that's what you expect when you go in. ...You expect to see an action [film]...and then you watch it and it's incredibly warm and it's incredibly funny."
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is now in theaters.