Fresh off “The Avengers” promo tour, Jeremy Renner is back in the saddle, this time to promote his upcoming “The Bourne Legacy,” the sequel / spinoff of sorts for the Matt Damon trilogy. He's featured in the latest Empire Magazine issue, in character and in very talkative mode.
While a couple of the photos in the spread might leave a lot to be desired in terms of the amount of retouching on Renner's face, there's really nothing to hate about the interview.
Ever since he shot to international fame (and an Oscar nod) with his role in “The Hurt Locker,” Renner hasn't been anything but humble, thankful and terribly endearing.
Talking to Empire about how he's now literally one of the most bankable stars of the moment thanks to roles in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “The Avengers” and the upcoming “The Bourne Legacy,” he almost nearly shrugs it off.
He wouldn't mind it that much if producers did not ask him to come back for sequels of these films, he says. It's almost impossible to question or doubt him when he says it.
“If Tom [Cruise] wants me for another Mission, I’m happy to do it… If Avengers 2 happens, awesome. If it doesn’t, awesome,” he says.
“I’m not going to worry about what comes next. I’ll just worry about talking to you right now. I could be dead by the time Avengers 2 comes around. Who knows? I don’t want to be, but you know what I’m saying,” Renner adds.
Until just recently, he used to shy away from big budget productions, mostly because it meant making compromises he probably wasn't very comfortable with.
He's changed his mind now, especially after being so “lucky” as to come across wonderful projects, which just happen to have a big budget.
“I’m the luckiest guy alive. I get to be a part of really good movies. To me, every time you get a massive-budget movie I’ll shy away from it because there are usually too many cooks in the kitchen,” he says.
“I stumbled across some really great pieces of cinema. I got really lucky. If we get to do another one of these, right on,” adds the star.
Over the weekend, Universal announced that it had pushed back “The Bourne Legacy”
by a week because of Warner Bros.' “The Dark Knight Rises,” which would be a too significant opponent to take on in the box office arena.
“The Bourne Legacy” will come out on August 10 instead of August 3 as initially planned.