- 03 Sep
- Written by coolshades
The Hollywood actor loves to dig deep, and for his latest role as a Wyoming hunter, he used his own stories of loss.
Best in the West: Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert in Wind River
It is the Cannes film festival in May and Jeremy Renner is running 45 minutes late. He is stuck on a yacht. (Three months on, when we catch up by phone, he is running 20 minutes late. Stuck on a helicopter.) It is not a bad life, I suggest, when he finally strides into a bare, beige room in a private residence just off the Croisette. He shrugs, plonks his squat, powerful frame onto a plastic chair and runs a hand through his spiky hair. His right biceps bulges alarmingly.
“It’s all right,” he concedes flatly. It is impossible to tell whether he is now blasé about the A-list lifestyle or just a little embarrassed to discuss such privilege, having come from a thrifty background; the oldest of seven siblings from various unions, he took on dad duties aged 10, when his parents split. Suddenly, an aw-shucks grin smooths out the creases of his unconventionally handsome face. “Jet lag is winning, man,” he sighs.
Tonight he will face a firestorm of cameras for the premiere of his new movie, Wind River. He has spent an increasing amount of time muscling his way through some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters in the Mission: Impossible, Avengers and Bourne franchises, and this murder-mystery/ modern-day western marks a striking return to the potent character work that made him a star in the first place.