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Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 6, 2010 at 6:26AM

The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.
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The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career--which earned him an Oscar nomination--but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He's versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren't enough guys like him.

That's why Renner is wearing a shit-eating grin. He knows he's got the tiger by the tail. The guy is poised to possibly take over the Mission Impossible franchise after co-starring with Tom Cruise in Ghost Protocol. And he's prepping to play Hawkeye in Marvel's The Avengers. And he's stirring up more Oscar talk for his role as a nasty piece-of-work thief in Ben Affleck's fall hit, The Town, which has grossed $91 million to date. My three-part flip-cam interview is below:

Part One: The 18-Month Hurt Locker promo gauntlet; recognition from peers; taking a whiz next to Mark Wahlberg.

Part Two: Working with writer-director-co-star Affleck on The Town.

Part Three: Working with Cruise on Mission Impossible, prepping The Avengers, angling for Hansel and Gretel and Paul Thomas Anderson's next.


This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Independents, Video, Interviews , Production , Oscars, The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow, Drama, Action, Ben Affleck


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.