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Jeremy Renner Was Never an Action Star, and That's Okay

Jeremy Renner is front and center in Hawkeye, the Disney+ Marvel series that finds his heroic archer on an Avengers-free adventure alongside his pushy protégée Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). But before he was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Renner became renowned for his starring role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award winning film The Hurt Locker. Renner, who played a staff sergeant whose team was tasked with disarming bombs during the Iraq War, managed to pick up a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work in the movie. In the following year, Renner starred alongside director Ben Affleck in The Town as one of Boston’s most-wanted burglars and nabbed a Best Supporting Actor nomination. While The Hurt Locker and The Town both have action elements, they were more so dramas than full-on action films. In The Hurt Locker, Renner demonstrated how he can quickly turn his cool confidence into aggression when his character is tasked with disarming a bomb strapped to a man’s body. When he realizes he doesn’t have enough time to unlock the explosive vest, Renner quickly and believably evokes an overwhelming sense of guilt for failing to save the man. He's able to cycle through all of these emotions in a matter of minutes. And, in The Town, Renner puts on a Boston accent and brings an intensity to his performance opposite local Bostonian Affleck. In both films, he plays up his serious, everyman persona. Yet, in the following years, Renner was repeatedly positioned as a top-tier action star, though the films he made during that time never quite propelled him to become one. That outcome was ultimately for the better, as the thing about Jeremy Renner is that he doesn’t need to be an action star. It's his numerous dramatic and comedic roles that highlight his strengths as an actor.



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