Jeremy Renner for Details Magazine

Posted on November 28, 2011

Here’s where differently minded kittens can explain something to us.

Jeremy Renner for Details Magazine

Jeremy Renner covers the December 2011/January 2012 issue of Details magazine photographed by Norman Jean Roy.


This guy. We don’t get it.

On fixing up houses while auditioning: “I wasn’t super-happy being so poor. Eating on $10 a month—probably not very good for you. But I loved what I was doing. Not every actor gives their life to do this job. Some just do it as a job. Well, it’s my life.”

On how rebuilding houses can be compared to filmmaking: “Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it, but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be prepared—or it quickly becomes costly. These sound like life lessons. It certainly affected how I approach my life.”

Details guyditorials are always kind of hilarious. This one has car crashes!

Jeremy Renner for Details MagazineClothing and shoes by Calvin Klein Collection. Belt by Bottega Veneta. Socks by Pantherella.

Jeremy Renner for Details MagazineClothing by Prada.

Jeremy Renner for Details MagazineClothing by Prada.

Jeremy Renner for Details MagazineClothing and shoes by Calvin Klein Collection. Belt by Bottega Veneta. Socks by Pantherella.

But let’s face it; some of the silly shit you see in ladies fashion editorials isn’t any less eyeroll-inducing. The goal here was not to showcase the clothing but to showcase the actor. In that case, well done. Otherwise, we don’t get it. Seriously, you guys. Is he blazingy charismatic in a way we’re just not seeing? Explain.

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  • Anonymous

    ” Is he blazingly charismatic in a way we’re just not seeing? Explain.”

    Yes…but charisma is in the eye of the beholder. I find the intensity that he generally brings to his roles appealing, but I wouldn’t expect that everyone else should feel the same way.

    Those pictures are what I really can’t explain, though.

  • angela rose sarno

    In both the Hurt Locker and The Town he exudes a sort of “danger” vibe that many respond to… yes, including me.

    • bookish

      I suppose you’re right about the danger vibe. I’ve only seen him in The Town and haven’t ever watched an interview with him, but I think he’s extremely attractive.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      I’ve been waiting for a good reason to see both these movies—now I think I’ve found it…

  • Anonymous

    An amazing, amazing actor. That’s it. 

  • Shopgrrl81

    I’ve always thought it had something to do with the fact that the first role he really got noticed for was that of a solider and he fixes houses in real life. His image is a throwback to the 70’s (think Steve McQueen) where men liked to do “manly” things. Hollywood isn’t producing many of those guys right now. 

    • Heather Sheridan

      You hit my feelings right on the head, aside from truly enjoying his acting he exudes this raw masculine energy – I was thinking Paul Newman but McQueen is a better example.

      • Anonymous

        Or Harrison Ford, who was also a carpenter, and swung a hammer to good effect in Witness.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’m with you guys on this one. I just don’t get it. And I seriously don’t get the photos. Wha?

  • muzan-e

    To my eyes, he’s infinitely more appealing than almost anyone on that People’s Top Ten mess.  That’s not saying much, of course, but – there’s character in his eyes, there’s something interesting in the set of his mouth. He’s something other than a caricature.

    I’m biased, though. I enjoyed him in Hurt Locker, and thought he was absolutely knockdown amazing in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. Then again, who wasn’t?  That movie was a monster. 

  • A. Valera

    He’s one of those guys that may not be conventionally attractive, but looking at him you can bet he’s NASTY in bed…in a totally good way.

    • Joseph Lamour

      I think its the fact that hes not like…. Ryan Gosling where you have to be utterly gorgeous to even think of dating him (I mean… Eva Mendes) but he’s just cute enough that if he hit on you in a Starbucks you could see yourself dating him and you would be so proud of it…. right? I mean, thats why I like him. Well, and he’s a good actor. LOL.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    There’s something about his face which reminds me a wee bit of Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen, Amelie, Micmacs etc), a slightly squished factor.  And yet he is attractive (as is Pinon).  That’s a great house building/movie making analogy too.

    He’s very good in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I’ve been too much of a wuss to watch The Hurt Locker as yet.

    • Saoirse Lee

      That is EXACTLY who he reminds me of! He’s not quite as squished-French-peasant as Pinon but has the same look about him. Thanks for that.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        You’re welcome Saoirse, I love your ‘squished-French-peasant’ description of Pinon too!

    • Anonymous

      The Hurt Locker is truly incredible. It’s so worth all the suspenseful agony you go through (and I am TERRIBLE with suspense).

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I really want to see it, I just feel like I’m going to have to gird the old loins beforehand.  I managed to get through Black Hawk Down (actually I was completely transfixed by that film) so I know I can do it.

        *gives self pre-movie pep talk*

        • Anonymous

          Trust, I understand. I lived for four years without convenient access to a movie theater, and once things leave theaters I am terrible about getting around to see them. Probably the only reason I’ve even seen The Hurt Locker was the quiet desperation of the procrastinator’s impulse during finals week.

          • Anonymous

            A friend of mine’s nephew is a bomb defuser and she can’t bring herself to watch that movie.  It is incredibly difficult to get into bomb school, or whatever it’s called, and half don’t make it through.  Her nephew got an $80K signing bonus when he graduated (well deserved).  He loves his job!

    • Anonymous

      you know, i agree w/ you. he does remind me of the guy from delicatessen.

      i think the article plays both up & to his bit of grit–which is the thing that makes him attractive. along w/ that he doesnt look almost interchangeable w/ all the other actors of his, this, & our current era. which is always good. i dont mind ryan reynolds, et al, but i have a difficult time telling them apart.

  • Anonymous

    he’s kinda real-life last call go home with me baby good-looking but swoon worthy? No

    • Julie Woodson

      I was just thinking he has a reckless, lost-weekend look about him, at least in this editorial.

  • Cortney Dean

    Theres the ruggedness thing he’s got going. Sort of Daniel Craig-esque in that he’s no pretty boy, not too polished… but has a rugged swagger about him. He seems like a man’s man (whatever that means), like he could fix things and carry you out of a burning building. Not just act like he could. I don’t know, I always respond to the non-pretty boys though. So maybe I am biased.

    • Heather

      Yes, agree… he’s got the “hot guy who could also install a new light fixture and maybe even re-tile your shower” vibe… wow, I guess that’s kind of pornographic?

  • Emily

    Not a fan so I don’t get it either.

  • foodhussy

    So hot in Hurt Locker – just dirty and raw – yum!

  • Anonymous

    He has that Gerard Depardieu (when he was a lot younger) tough guy, squashed nose kind of vibe – which I like so much more than a pretty boy.

  • Psy_Chick

    I think he’s cute, in a funny-looking kind of way. The pictures are mostly just weird, though.

  • Anonymous

    To answer your question: No.

  • P M

    Enh. Don’t know, TLo. He doesn’t move my ovaries, either.

  • Anonymous

    Have you seen Hurt Locker? If not, there’s no point having this conversation. He’s not the most visually beautiful man, but that fucker is gritty as hell. Hell, he had a cameo in Thor, I think, and even that little bit was great.

  • Anonymous

    Ooh! Ooh! Pick me! Pick me! I know the answer to this one! (Though, the last shot in the video should’ve given it away). He’s got a beautiful body, but more than that, he looks like the kind of man you might actually have an interesting conversation with, once all the clothing-ripping and unbridled lust was exorcised. Like maybe there’s an original thought in his head and perhaps, even an entertaining explanation why he spent the day alternating between ‘stalker’ and ‘car trouble guy’ in really expensive pants? I’m sure the whole car-damage/sullen pout/waiting for the tow truck thing is all a ruse; *I* was expected down that alley and he threw all that together just to see if I was the kind of girl to stop and help such a dangerous looking man…
    See? It makes sense now, doesn’t it?

    • Sara Munoz

      Love that!

  • blue

    I love him! I think it’s the everyman appeal. He seems so real, not a hollywood pretty boy airhead or young party guy. He’s a bit older, could just be the guy who lives down the street and works at the garage. His meteoric rise after ‘The Hurt Locker’ just makes me happy for him. I get that ‘American dream actually happens sometimes’ kind of glow.  Just looking at him, I guess he’s kind of average. It’s all in the backstory.

  • Samantha

    I feel that Jeremy Renner is the kind of guy you could take home to Mom & Dad, but would do dirty things to you on the kitchen table as soon as you get home. 

  • Anonymous

    Everyman appeal but in a more gritty way.  Loved him in the The Town and think he’s incredibly talented.  Way sexy.

  • Maria Acosta Cruz

    Yes, “blazingly charismatic” just about sums it up.

  • Grace Armstrong

    I have heard from more than one source that this guy is an asshole. He kind of looks like one too. I loved The Hurt Locker, but I do not find this dude attractive at all.

  • AC

    Its all about SWAT! Ha, just kidding. But I do find him extremely attractive and I’m not sure why. Maybe that bad boy vibe he’s got going on. However these pictures, I will never understand.

  • Anonymous

    He’s pretty hot but these pictures are kind of stupid.

  • Shannon Stewart

    He doesn’t do it for me, but then I find bad boys something one should grow out of before reaching legal age — a guy who alternates between making you miserable and blissful still spends a good chunk of time making you miserable! 

    I do, however, find him to be a very good actor and a somewhat interesting human being — though I’m reserving judgment on the second until he’s been around awhile longer.  Looking forward to him in Avengers:)

  • Anne Lucchesi

    Intensity, yes. Also, he has “let’s do dirty things in the alley behind a dumpster” eyes. Which I normally wouldn’t go for. Must be the intensity.

  • Lauren Maier

    The editorial is HIGH-larious, especially the two middle shots of him inside the car. I hadn’t heard of him until this post, having said that, YUM!  It’s the eyes.  

  • Teri Horne

    Funny how he never mentions his reality show past. If you think way back to when Bravo just started to get into the reality programming game, Renner was on the first season of ‘The It Factor’ series in 2002.

  • Missy Shepard Pratt

    Hot, hot, hot!  But not just a pretty face.  He’s more like the guy you start chatting up because he’s got *that vibe*, but you realize that there’s an actual, working brain in his head too.

    Plus, you know he’s a bit kinky.  😉

  • Rebecca

    fuckyeahcraggyguys.tumblr–right there.

    Love me some Renner–
    he’s gorgeous in an interesting way,
    he’s got pecs that go for days,
    and he sounds like he has a great sense of humour.

    Wouldn’t complain about taking him home,
    in other words.

  • Sigrid Harris

    I’ve loved this guy since I saw him on Angel all those years ago as Penn. He’s not a good-looking guy, but he’s just damn intense, he’s absolutely riveting. He sucks at still photos, though, because they don’t seem to capture the way there’s always something going on just beneath this guy’s skin. Even when he’s not making a move, you get the impression that he’s about to, and it’s that edge of unpredictability that’s ultimately the draw for me.

  • kittenmasks

    Everything in my head tells me I should not find this man attractive, but my heart wants him to show up naked in my house one day.

    • Anonymous

      This is pretty much exactly what I was trying to say.

  • Anonymous

    He photographs oddly, granted. I’ve seen him in person and he looks much more normal in real life. He’s a very down-to-earth, self-deprecating guy. But it’s all about the attitude with him. A poster on another board I frequent said part of what made him attractive was that he’s short and doesn’t give a fuck. He owns his (lack of) height, unlike certain other actors who shall remain nameless.

    • Anonymous

      Agree, I’ve seen him in person too and he was much better looking.  And very nice! 

    • Sara Munoz

      According to IMDB, he’s 5’10”. So somebody’s not owning it…

      • Anonymous

        I’ve read that, with IMDB listings, one should always subtract at least two inches form every actor’s height. 😉

  • Anonymous

    ummmm…. who is he?

  • Anonymous

    uhhh, he don’t clang my bells either.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t stand him.

  • dia

    I think he’s wonderfully understated and can be quite expressive with his eyes.  From some of his work on the Unusuals, he also has good comedic timing.   He is not meant for magazine editiorials, though. 

  • Catherine Rhodes

    He is not really hot and not really charismatic, but is a damn fine actor (Hurt Locker).

  • Anonymous

    I love him. But I agree, I have no idea why. And actually, I loved him the most when he was a typical Boston superdouche in The Town, perhaps the most uncharasmatic role ever. Probs just because I’m from Boston and I was impressed by his authenticity.

  • Jenny Stark

    He was amazeballs in The Hurt Locker, but I don’t know if he is a massively charismatic super star or anything.  

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    I’ve never gotten him.  I see the attractiveness some like in him, but he doesn’t do anything for me personally. 

  • Anonymous

    yes please

  • Anonymous

    He’s got the attitude of a bad-ass and intense eyes.  He’s very masculine and not too pretty.  He’s ripped and lithe at the same time–my favorite type.  He fills out those CK trousers in a way that I can appreciate.

    The shoot is ‘meh’.  Would have loved to see the pictures of him jumping through glass.

  • Anonymous

    The cover is good….the rest, eh….

  • Anonymous

    Don’t ge me wrong – I enjoy my fair share of the “dirty” male cardre (Jimmy from Boardwalk Empire, for example), but Mr. Renner just does not do it for me.  Virtual fist bump from your honorary straight niece (a girl can dream). 

  • Brad and Anne White

    I don’t get him either.

  • Claudia Berry

    i think guy is a Rorschach test, I see a certain brutality in his eyes, in roles he’s played.  

  • Anonymous

    just want to kiss him. period.

  • Brent Wolgamott

    Tlo:  I think people in general just respond to someone like this, who doesn’t fit the Hollywood mold of “pretty”, but who is a “guy’s guy” and someone who you feel like hasn’t let fame go to his head.  He’s got a little bit of a bad boy vibe to him, and you feel like you could have a brew with him watching the Patriots on Sunday.  He’s also got a little bit of a dark side, it seems, and could go either altar boy, or serial rapist at any time.  In other words — he’s unpredictable, masculine, and intense. 

    Plus I imagine he’d be a rough f-ck.  :-) 


  • Pop Tarts Jen

    I first saw him in “The Hurt Locker” and was really drawn to the way he inhabited the character. That movie was so good, and he was right at the center of it, and he just did an amazing job.

    I can’t exactly say why I think he’s attractive, but there’s something in his eyes that I really like. And he’s that sort of normal guy-hot that I really like because I can imagine him being that cute guy at work or whatever. Plus, he has that old-school manly vibe that many other people have pointed to – which is something that a lot of actors right now don’t have. 

  • Sara Munoz

    I don’t get it either. I’ve never seen him act though, I’m sure that has a lot to do with it.

    The editorial is pretty stupid though.

  • Isana Leshchinskaya

    not blazingly charismatic, blazingly talented? seen the town? when i wasn’t drooling over jon hamm, i was totally impressed by renner’s performance

  • Anonymous

    i’m as clueless as you two.  who is this guy, and what does building houses have to do with it?  filled with questions as usual here. and speaking of this guy, whoever the fuck he is, ick.

  • Anonymous

    The two shots inside the car (Clothing by Prada) are totally creeping me out.

  • Anonymous

    He is Clint Barton/Hawkeye.  Watch The Avengers trailer for more details.  He’s one of the reasons why I’m going to see that movie on May 4, 2012.  And of course the other reasons would be Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Evans. 

    Totally not a superhero geek….

    • laughingacademy

      Oh man, when he turned up in “Thor,” I was psyched.

    • Anonymous

      It’s ok. I should probably be ashamed to admit that I am a 30 year old woman who has taken actual time off from work for the Avengers movie opening weekend, but I’m really not ashamed. I wish we had gotten more of him in Thor, but the few minutes we got were pretty satisfying.

      Though my main reason for wanting to see it isn’t an Avenger per se. Oh Loki and oh Tom Hiddleston.

  • Paula Berman

    He is not really attractive to me in any way, shape, or form.  He looks like he could play one of the gangsters in a Jimmy Cagney movie, but sexy he is not.  JMO.

  • Anonymous

    I loved him on House and in the Unusuals.  I think the 3rd pic works.  I’d like them better without the facial hair.

  • Laura Schultz

    Talent is sexy. 

  • Anonymous

    He’s not really that attractive, and he’s a bit tainted for me after his role in North Country. He was good in it, but… his character was a bad person.

  • Anonymous

    He reminds me of the “mayhem” guy from the All State commercials in this editorial.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help. I think he’s a talented actor, but he makes nothing happen inside my pants.

  • Rachel Council

    It’s mostly personality and charisma. Barring this nonsense, he’s actually a pretty good looking guy too, but it’s mostly his presence. 

  • Anonymous

    Does Jeremy Renner give me the feelings (in my bathing suit area)? YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.  

    He’s manly as hell, I think that’s what it is. Just his arm veins are rocking my world in that cover photo.

    And seriously, in what world is Bradley Cooper sexier than he is? (Actually, in what world is Bradley Cooper sexy period?)

  • Anonymous

    OMG, I almost put in my post that my thing for him started with SWAT! (He was also in an ep of the TV show ‘Angel’ and I loved him then too.)

    • Anonymous

      Ha! I was just rewatching some early Angel episodes and I totally caught that. I think I first really noticed him on an episode of House – for some reason he really made an impression on me. He just has this level of intensity I find very appealing.

  • Anonymous

    “Differently minded”  – is that like “differently abled”?

    I don’t get it, either. But, then, I’ve never heard of or seen this guy before, so I have no context for him. He looks pretty handsome on the cover pic, but the rest of the pictures are terrible, don’t you think?

  • Anonymous

    He’s smoldering.  And just as much so in person.

  • Santa

    He is just very charismatic, manly and a great actor :)

  • Victoria Pavlova

    I watched him for a while in The Unusuals, and he’s packing a lot of charisma for such a compact guy :)

  • foodycat

    I haven’t seen this guy before – obviously when I was watching Thor I had tunnel vision for the Hemsworth abs – but he is quite attractive on the cover. In the other pics there is something about his eyes that reminds me of Rob Schneider, and once I had that in mind I couldn’t shake it.

  • Anonymous

    I have a question: how do you eat on $10 a month?  That’s ~33 cents a day… maybe 2 packets of Top Ramen and nothing else.  A pound of rice is roughly a dollar if you buy in bulk.  I couldn’t imagine doing construction on that little food.  Is there some secret, very cheap grocery store that I don’t know about?  I’m sure he’s exaggerating a bit, but why such a tiny number?

  • Leslie Streeter

    He’s scrappy and masculine and humble. And his eyes are like pools of yum.

  • Anonymous

    HAWKEYE. *coughs* Not only is he a rather talented actor, he’s got that disarmingly charming bad boy appeal in every interview I’ve ever seen of him. I want to hang out with him and get drunk and do bad things in public with him lol He’s also got a decent singing voice. It’s hard to not like a guy who gets smashed at Steel Panther concerts and bursts into Journey.

  • Anonymous

    He looks pugnacious and petulant in these photos but I thought he was dynamic and interesting in The Hurt Locker and The Town.  Maybe he’s the kind of person who is more interesting when he is being someone else -?  These photos leave me cold but I’d definitely go see him in a movie.

  • Noelle Haland

    Are you kidding??  This guy is sex-on-a-stick. Phew. But this ‘guyditorial’ (heh) is just silly.

  • Andra

    He’s the anti-pretty.  I get sick of the Ryans and such, sometimes you want to see a MAN acting on the screen.  Not a pretty boy mugging for the camera.

  • Anonymous

    There must be something wrong with me today. I’m usually a sucker for blue eyes, but all I could think was: get off the ground, you’re ruining the suit!!! Maybe it’s because I just don’t find car accidents sexy. *shrug*

  • Anonymous

    Can’t help you, boys. I don’t get it, either.

  • Anonymous

    I think he’s fabulous…. a big gust of fresh air! 
    He’s not packaged, preened or “styled”… he is what he is!

  • Anonymous

    Fine, leave him for me.  He has that “real guy who lives down the street” look that I love.  I don’t go for overly pretty boys.

    • Anonymous

      Plus, you know he can “swing his hammer” and “pound a nail” with all that housebuilding background.  *pictureing him in a tool belt*

  • ecallaw

    The Town was good and he acted well in it, but I don’t think of him as particularly charismatic, and he never seems to break from the “brooding” thing. 
    I thought the Hurt Locker was so boring we actually turned it off at almost an hour in, and I NEVER do that.

  • Nancer

    Did you see “The Hurt Locker”? Seriously good job on that movie. He brings intensity. I first noticed him on a police drama that only lasted one season, “The Unusuals,” I think was the name. He was good in that. I think that talent is really appealing.

  • oohsparkley!

    A very intense, manly-man, not a pretty boy.  Guys that can fix and make things are hot.  Of course I thought he was hot before I knew he rebuilt houses.  Looking at these pictures I’m not feeling it really, but I remember I thought he was hot in his movies.

    • Tamara Hogan

      With you 100%. This spread isn’t really doing it for me, but Renner looks like a man who’s lived, who’s taken and dished out more than a couple of punches. A guy who doesn’t groom, manscape, or take more time in the bathroom getting ready than you do.  I’m so glad he’s avoided the Botox.

  • korilian

    I haven’t really seen any movies yet that he’s in, so I’m going to have to come back to you on that after Avengers.

    • Anonymous

      Watch The Town

      • Anonymous

        And “The Hurt Locker”!

        • Anonymous

          I have it sitting in my DVR waiting and waiting to be watched. I guess I will watch it this weekend, thanks 😉

  • lilibetp

    I don’t get him either.

  • Julie Fountain

    Not particularly charismatic and not particularly attractive, really.

  • Anonymous

    I have one word for you: Hawkeye.

  • Ann Martina

    He’s got a kind of Daniel Craig vibe for me

  • Anonymous

    “The Hurt Locker” is one of my favorite films … probably in no small part due to his performance. He has that “intangible” factor that you just can’t put your finger on, but you can never look away from him.

    My husband gave me permission to leave him for Jeremy Renner. 😉

  • Anonymous

    Charisma and suaveness, no, he is however a very interesting actor especially when given strong character rolls. I suppose he has a certain rugged appeal.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    He’s Steve Buscemi-esque: I love watching him on screen but have absolutely no interest in taking him home.

  • MilaXX

    eh, I got nothing

  • Kerry McCombs

    I agree with you. I find him to be very blah.

  • Presumptuous Insect

    He was very good in that House episode . . .

  • AbbottRabbit

    It’s because he looks like he could pin you against a wall, but would only do so in situations where you wanted to be pinned against a wall.

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    I think it’s an estrogen thing. He reminds me of my husband, so I find him terribly attractive.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help you out here, sorry. He doesn’t move my needle.

  • Turtle Emily

    He just makes me mad that The Unusuals got cancelled.

    (First and only season is on Hulu if anyone’s interested:

  • Anonymous

    Good actor, but he doesn’t give me The Feelings.

  • Anonymous

    He’s got the looks to fall on either side of the “attractive” line, depending on charisma and personal presence. For me, I’ve gotta see him walking & talking to tell if a guy’s got that ‘it’ going on.  If he does, he’s good enough looking to be a knockout in a way the pretty boys can never be.

    And the interview? He sounds just EXACTLY like an actor talking. (Yes, that’s meant to be a slur.)

  • Anonymous

    He’s just totally hot.  He exudes something that smells like sex and toast and leather and Christmas.  All wrapped up in one.  Yum.

    • Karen Jersey

      Omigod!  Bottle it and call it JRenn.

  • chhivt

    My spider senses are not tingling.  Next!