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Jeremy Renner Talks ‘The Town,”Mission Impossible,’ ‘The Avengers’

Jeremy Renner Talks 'The Town,''Mission Impossible,' 'The Avengers'

The Hurt Locker not only gave Jeremy Renner the role of his career–which earned him an Oscar nomination–but it opened up a raft of career possibilities. Renner is young, gifted and masculine: he can play a charismatic hero or a dangerous villain, a leading man or a character role. He’s versatile. This is what casting directors want. There aren’t enough guys like him.

That’s why Renner is wearing a shit-eating grin. He knows he’s got the tiger by the tail. The guy is poised to possibly take over the Mission Impossible franchise after co-starring with Tom Cruise in Ghost Protocol. And he’s prepping to play Hawkeye in Marvel’s The Avengers. And he’s stirring up more Oscar talk for his role as a nasty piece-of-work thief in Ben Affleck’s fall hit, The Town, which has grossed $91 million to date. My three-part flip-cam interview is below:

Part One: The 18-Month Hurt Locker promo gauntlet; recognition from peers; taking a whiz next to Mark Wahlberg.

Part Two: Working with writer-director-co-star Affleck on The Town.

Part Three: Working with Cruise on Mission Impossible, prepping The Avengers, angling for Hansel and Gretel and Paul Thomas Anderson’s next.

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