“Hawkeye” Star Jeremy Renner Covers Men’s Health December Issue

Posted on November 22, 2021

Jeremy Renner IS THE Men’s Health December cover star! RENNER, back again as Hawkeye in a new Marvel series, has tried it all – music, flipping houses, fixing vehicles. But he’s happiest when HE’S facing his fears and finding himself. Oh, and WORKING ON his growing fleet of fire trucks. Renner shares it all – INCLUDING the allegations his ex-wife made against him in 2015 and giving “zero f*cks” in Hollywood – in “Man In Motion” by Alex Bhattacharji.



On going against the grain in Hollywood: “Everyone is like, ‘You should buy a tequila brand.’ Fuck that. I bought a bunch of fire trucks. So f*ck you, Ryan Reynolds or George Clooney or whoever, I’ll come put out the fire on your agave farm.”

On the three biggest lessons he has learned in Hollywood: “Once you’re fired, then you become a real actor. Networks can kiss my whole ass. Never take a job for money.”

On the difficult times early in his career: “I had no electricity, no gas, no hot water. So I learned to play guitar. I lit candles. I made a vibe out of it. I said, ‘Hey, look, this is romantic. It’s not depressing that I can’t afford power.’ If I sat and cried about it, which I probably did once or twice, it doesn’t really move the needle. Changing and shifting your perspective, that’s the only thing we have control of in perpetuity.”

On following his passion in life: “I always thought, At least I’m doing a job that I love. I’m glad I’m not doing a job just for a paycheck. That’d be f*cking miserable. And most people are.”

On the stability flipping homes brought him while auditioning for roles: “I walked in with brass balls, it doesn’t mean I was cocky or aggressive. It means I didn’t have that desperation. I didn’t have so much . . . need for it. I was making money and being satiated as an artist by doing these homes. I didn’t have to care too much.”

On turning down the title role in Hellboy: “I said no to more money than I’ll probably ever make, I was focused on what I wanted to do and how. I just felt if I wasn’t connected to the material, even though it was a great director and a great job, I don’t know how I’m going to do anything exceptional.”

On the impact his role in The Hurt Locker had: “So many soldiers would come up to me like, ‘This is something I cannot explain to my wife. Now she can watch and have a f*cking understanding of what the f*ck I’m talking about.’ And it helped their marriage. They were going to get divorced. They’re done. This guy did like eight tours—f*cking eight tours. Insane. This is not cinema, we’re not talking about people sitting at this theater and eating popcorn and watching a movie. A different thing was happening. It was amazing, man. I don’t get that out of a Marvel movie.”

On being back in the gym to get ready to film Hawkeye: “It took me two months of working out just so I could get enough energy to be in the stunt gym.”



The December issue of Men’s Health magazine will be available everywhere November 23.


[Photo Credit: Ture Lillegraven for Men’s Health Magazine]

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