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Jeremy Renner's Biggest Challenge Was "Not Getting Hurt": 10 Things Learned About 'The Bourne Legacy'

The Playlist By Ryan Gowland | The Playlist August 10, 2012 at 12:04PM

This week will finally see the answer to one of Hollywood's great questions: will audiences watch a 'Bourne' movie without Matt Damon? The answer will be provided by Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy," the first of what could be a potential franchise starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a similar agent to Jason Bourne, but a product of the Department of Defense's Operation Outcome, a different training program from the CIA's Treadstone. Gilroy is no stranger to the 'Bourne' franchise, having been a writer or co-writer on all three installments, but once Damon and "Bourne Supremacy" and "Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass decided against returning, he was tasked with creating what producer Frank Marshall called a "same-time-quel."  

Rachel Weisz, Bourne Legacy
9. For one particular sequence Weisz's real fear was all the acting that was required.
Speaking of that motorcycle sequence, Weisz admitted that she didn't need to do much acting in it, as she was already terrified riding around and holding onto Renner for most of the scene. "Actually, Jeremy told me today -- it was very sweet, he never told me when we were in Manila -- that that was the scariest stunt for him because he was responsible for my life," said Weisz. "Which he was. He didn't tell me that in Manila. Thank God, because I would have been like, 'Oh my God, if he's scared, then...' I just had to surrender, I just had to hold on. But I didn't have to act, it just was terrifying."

Ed Norton The Bourne Legacy
10. Given the choice, Jeremy Renner would rather fight The Hulk than Jason Bourne.
One the questions put to the cast was whether they would like face either Jason Bourne or Aaron Cross in a fight. As Weisz struggled to come up with an answer, Norton interjected. "This might be one of those moments where we remind somebody abut the fine line between what is real and what's imagined."

After the laughter died down, Renner said, "I'll take the Hulk," which got another laugh. While it's possible that Renner was referencing Norton, who played Bruce Banner in "The Incredible Hulk," it seemed more like he was talking about his "The Avengers" co-star in an attempt to not choose between the two agents.

Then Weisz quipped, "Yeah, anything to do a scene with Mark Ruffalo, right?"

"The Bourne Legacy" opens this Friday.

This article is related to: Tony Gilroy, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Renner, Edward Norton, The Bourne Legacy

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