- 04 Oct
- Written by coolshades
To most people, Jeremy Renner is the star of The Avengers and most recently Wind River. What people don't know, is that he's a man of many (surprising) talents.
It takes me a good five minutes to even notice when Jeremy Renner arrives at the kitsch, wood cabin retreat in the hills of West Hollywood. A romantic — if not a little absurd — location for the day’s photoshoot.
It took me a while due to Renner’s persona as the antithesis of a Hollywood celebrity. He embodies the guy next door — and he uses that as a positive, his hook. It’s a slow start to the day, Renner is tired, and as he sits to get his hair and make-up done you can tell there are other places he would rather be.
After the shoot, he is heading off to one of his properties up in the mountains, the smile on his face as he tells me this hints at the true character of the man. An adventurer. A person at ease with the outdoors.
To most people, Jeremy Renner is a Hollywood star. A versatile, top calibre actor that studios can bank on to get butts in seats. His most acclaimed role was as an Iraq war IED bomb disposal specialist in The Hurt Locker (2008). The film won best picture and best director (for Kathryn Bigelow) at the 2010 Oscars. Renner was nominated for best actor.
Critical-acclaim aside, Renner has built his film career on being a proven commercial success, starring in blockbuster action gold including Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (2011) and The Bourne Legacy (2012). He is best known for his portrayal of Hawkeye in the Marvel Studios universe, the enormous superhero franchise that includes Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
“There are a lot of good things that come with being in the Marvel universe,” says the actor. “The greatest thing is when you see kids light up when they see you. It’s pretty wonderful, to be able to make a kid’s day like that.”