- Associated Press - Sunday, February 24, 2013

Just like the superheroes they played in the movie, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson all huddled together back stage to get a plan together and of course joke around.

Downey suggested the stars of “The Avengers” bow as they headed onstage to make Oscar presentations. Or perhaps curtsy.

When a show worker asked Jackson to stand still so he could be wired with a microphone, the actor faced a backstage wall and pretended he was being frisked by police.

To pass the time, the superheroes watched Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd from a backstage monitor.

Suddenly Ruffalo asked, “Did we miss our cue?”

“You want to go out there with them?” asked Jackson.

After presenting two awards, the actors returned backstage, where Downey quipped, “Avengers disassemble.”

_ Sandy Coehn _ https://www.twitter.com/apsandy

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