Written by coolshades
On His Little Girl, His Work Ethic, Filming with Directors, as Well as His Milestones, Boundaries, Image and Success Over the Years.
Two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner co-stars with Amy Adams in the new science fiction film Arrival. Renner plays mathematician Ian Donnelly, who is assigned the task to decipher codes from a UFO that landed on Earth. Now, with a 3-year-old back home, he chooses his movies wisely. He talks about his success over the years.
Question (Q): How much research did you have to do to play a scientist in Arrival? When you were in college, you seemed to be kind of destined for a more scientifc career?
Jeremy Renner (JR): Yeah, computer science -- it's my only connection. I loved astrology and all of these things when I was a kid. I was good at science in school. In college, I did study Pascal, DOS, and other computer languages, which is the only thing even close to what this guy knows. This guy I play, Ian, is a mathematican physicist, and we referenced this giant fifteen hundred-page book a lot using the theorems and the ideas of language through mathematics and physics. The real challenge was to take these sorts of ideas and get to a point where I could understand them so that I could get the audience to understand them.
Q: Was there ever a time where you thought, "I wished I would have become a stock broker using all my rational skills as opposed to becoming an actor," because it would have been so much easier?
JR: No, never once. I used all sorts of rational skills to get me through those difficult times knowing that the artist's plight is very volatile and fragile. All of my left brain stuff -- my business mind and science mind -- allows me to find practicality with all of these emotions. It balanced out well with getting through difficult times as an artist.
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