Avengers star Jeremy Renner promised “exciting stuff“ for his character Hawkeye in the series’ currently-shooting third installment Avengers: Infinity War, but things got a little too exciting for the actor when a stunt went awry and he was left with two broken arms.
Renner is an action-movie veteran, having appeared alongside the stunt maestro himself Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, as well as the The Bourne Legacy and the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker. In the MCU, Renner plays the expert archer Hawkeye, a character who because of his lack of superpowers is often utilized as a means of grounding the action in more human terms (though this role obviously does not spare him from occasionally having to do dangerous stunts).
At a press conference at the Karlovy Film Festival for his new movie Wind River, Renner revealed the stunt-related injuries he suffered on the set of Infinity War, saying he fractured his right elbow and left wrist (via Variety). Renner was photographed at the festival wearing braces on both his arms but says the injuries won’t hinder his film work:
“I’m sort of a problem solver, you know. There will be an affect to it, but it won’t stop me from doing things that I need to be doing. I’ll heal fast. I’m doing everything I can to heal faster.”
Renner is set to begin shooting the comedy Tag, about a group of friends organizing a game of tag that sees them traveling all over the country. The actor doesn’t seem too worried about his broken arms getting in the way of shooting the project, which is not stunt-intensive:
“I’m doing a job that isn’t really requiring a ton of stunts: It’s not an action movie, it’s a comedy — it just happens to have a few stunts in it. So I don’t have to beat a whole lot of people up or do anything crazy. So it won’t really affect my job… It affects how I get dressed in the morning. I can’t tie my shoes, but outside of that and everything else I can kind of get by.”
[UPDATE: THR is now reporting that Renner actually broke his arms on the set of Tag, not Infinity War.]
Work on Infinity War continues in the meantime, with lots of interesting set photos and videos leaking out. The movie sees the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy coming together to battle Thanos, a cosmic supervillain who threatens to bring death and destruction using the power of the mythic Infinity Gauntlet (a storyline that has been painstakingly set up throughout all the recent MCU films).
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