Jeremy Renner stopped by “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday (June 12) and revealed the story behind the “Avengers” cast’s matching tattoos.
To commemorate ten years of friendship between the original six Avengers, Renner explained that himself, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. each got matching tattoos from New York-based artist Josh Lord.
Renner said the symbol represents a piece of each superhero, including an arrow to signify his character, Hawkeye, as well as elements of Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man. The Incredible Hulk is also featured, though the actor who portrays him, Mark Ruffalo, did not partake in the inking.
“Ruffalo’s the only one that kind of chickened out last minute,” Renner told Fallon. “I’m not sure why; he just didn’t wanna do it. So I’m like, ‘It’s not really about the tattoo it’s about the celebration of our friendship that’s bonded us over the last decade.'”
However, the “Tag” star had some alternatives in mind after Ruffalo decided to pass on the opportunity, which included former Hulk actors. “You know what, guys, I have Eric Bana’s number, let me give him a call,” he joked. “Edward Norton, we’ll call him and see if he wants to get in on it.”
In the end, the artist himself stepped in for Ruffalo and even allowed the “Avengers” stars to do the tattooing. “It was really quite terrifying,” Renner said of the experience.
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