When you’re a lead of a movie that requires you to perform some pretty slick stunts, the last thing you want to do is break not one, but both of your arms on the second day of filming. And yet that’s exactly what happened to Jeremy Renner on the set of upcoming action-comedy Tag, about five adult friends who have played the same game of tag for three decades with Renner’s character as the one who has evaded being tagged each year.
After Renner’s costar Jon Hamm told the story of Renner’s injured arms being CGI’d last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (and made sure to reiterate that he had no part in the incident), some people have been speculating about exactly how much of Renner’s Tag performance required visual effects.
In an April interview for EW’s annual Summer Movie Preview, Renner said he was filming a sequence that involved 20 to 30 chairs stacked about 20 feet high inside of a community hall, in a stunt that saw him being chased by Hamm and fellow cast members Ed Helms, Hannibal Buress, and Jake Johnson and racing up the stacked chairs in an attempt to escape. Renner told EW in an April interview that the rigging on the chairs broke and “I broke along with it and fell on the ground and broke my arms.”
- 06 Jun
- Written by coolshades
by Ruben v. Nepales
LOS ANGELES—“I just go with this look, like I just rolled out of bed,” Jeremy Renner quipped with a laugh to describe his personal style. Well, maybe you can see that in his semi-pompadour/bed hair. But sartorially, he looked sharp in a gray suit, black shirt and cool gray sneakers this morning at the Four Season Hotel in LA.
The 47-year-old actor costars in “Tag,” a comedy based on a story in The Wall Street Journal about a real-life group of friends known for playing a monthlong game of tag. In one of the movie’s elaborate tag stunt scenes, Jeremy fractured his right elbow and left wrist.
Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Buress, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson costar.
We got to ask Jeremy about acting with Jon Jon Briones’ son, Teo Briones, who played his kid in “Wind River,” one of the films loved by the critics last year.
The star of “The Bourne Legacy,” which was filmed partly in the Philippines, provides the voice of Swifty in the animated film, “Arctic Justice.”
A man whose other passion is house renovation and flipping, Jeremy dotes on Ava Berlin, 5, his daughter with ex-wife, model Sonni Pacheco.
Excerpts from out chat:
In real life, do you have a group of friends like in this movie? Yeah, they are called “The Avengers (laughs).” No, not since childhood. I moved around a lot. But in high school, I got a really core group of friends who are really tight.
But here in LA, there are 45 people that I know that are strong and solid. We did softball and typical types of activities that friends might do. I am a very loyal friend and I have lots of loyal friends. But no, I have nothing like that in real life.
Because that is what also makes this movie special—that these guys have been doing it since they were 9 or 10. And they still do it in their 50s. It’s pretty amazing.
- 06 Jun
- Written by coolshades
Whether fixing up million-dollar properties or motoring alongside his daughter in her matching mini-Tesla, the Hollywood tough guy enjoys the good life—especially his leaf blower.
by Chris Kornelis
At 8 years old, Jeremy Renner walked alone to and from his Modesto, Calif., school, letting himself into his house each afternoon with the key hanging from a nylon string around his neck. Free to do what he liked, he built forts, shot bottle rockets and figured many things out for himself.
"I had a lot of free time to sort of raise myself," Mr. Renner, now 47, said. "I was a doer. I was very actionable. And I think in doing that it was the beginning of just trying and failing and overcoming."
Mr. Renner said the skills developed during his free-range youth have helped in all aspects of life, including becoming one of Hollywood's most recognizable actors, taking on Oscar-nominated roles in films like "The Hurt Locker," and joining summer tentpoles like the Mission: Impossible and Avengers franchises. This monthe he stars with Jon Hamm in "Tag," a comedy about a cross-country game of cat and mouse among friends.
Mr. Renner has also joyfully taken on the role of father to Ava, his 5-year-old daughter. He writes and performs music -- left-handed on drums, right-handed on guitar -- and for the last quarter-century has worked as an accomplished house flipper. Tearing into homes with potential -- like that of iconic Old Hollywood filmmaker Preston Sturges -- he turns them into luxury properties worth many millions of dollars.
"[My] skill set is being an observer and spending time figuring out how to problem solve," he said. "I was never really taught anything."