Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation finds Tom Cruise's legendary IMF agent Ethan Hunt back on another case - only this time, Ethan and his team find themselves on the defensive, as tables get turned on their investigation into a mysterious shadow organization known only as "The Syndicate." Facing government disbandment and enemy agents that are always a step ahead, Ethan must rely on old friends in the field like Benji (Simon Pegg) and Luther (Ving Rhames) - while back in Washington, Agent Brandt (Jeremy Renner) tries to keep firebrand CIA man Hunley (Alec Baldwin) from turning the IMF and its agents into disavowed pariahs, forever exiled in the field.
We attended the Mission Impossible 5 press junket in NYC, where we spoke to star Jeremy Renner about his more relaxed role in this film compared to Ghost Protocol, as well as what it's like straddling three big action movie franchises (Mission Impossible, Bourne, Marvel's Avengers), and the toll that being a three-franchise action star can take on the body.
Watch the video above, and/or read through the interview below.
Screen Rant: The first thing I wanted to ask you about is something I’ve kind of dubbed the Jeremey Renner action curve. It kinda goes like this. So, we have Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and you’re jumping in here and you do stunts, you’re on the wires, you’re doing all that. Then Avengers comes out next and it’s a little bit less so. Then 2013 comes around and then here you go hard. You’re doing The Bourne Legacy, Hansel and Gretel. Then 2014 comes around and you’re like, “All right. We’re going to do something a little more dramatic. We’ll get a Kill the Messenger in there or American Hustle in there.”
Now we get to this year and Avengers 2. You are more active. And then we get to this movie and it’s kinda like, “You know what? I’m all right being the guy trading banter with Alec Baldwin and Ving Rhames. We’ll let Tom hang off the plane.” Is this just a coincidence of release dates? Or is there some point in the year that you’ve just got to burn off this adrenaline and kinda get it out before kinda relaxing a little bit more?
Jeremy Renner: I think it has to do with [laughs] body; to let my body take a break. Sometimes…yeah. I just think it’s the...it’s what my body can take. I don’t want to run at 100 miles an hour all year long; just like, you know, for a minute.
SR: So do we take that there’s something a lot more active coming in Captain America: Civil War?
Jeremy Renner: Yeah, yeah. It’s more active. A lot of fun stuff happening in that one. I can’t speak too much for it. They’re still filming that sucker right now. But yeah, there’s a lot of stuff happening in that one physically for me anyway. Then who knows in the future? I don’t know what’s going to happen.
SR: Speaking of the future, you are in an interesting place, especially in the industry now. There’s a lot of this franchise building going on. You are in kind of playing three of them. When you look at the future of this and you see something like Marvel after this next Phase 3 they’ve lined out and Infinity War, do you think that that’s something where actors like yourself can keep going after that, or do you think there needs to be new blood and kind of recycle and bring in new faces?
Jeremy Renner: I think it’s probably both. It’s always great to know that you are going have a job next year or something. That’s a fantastic blessing for any actor. It’s nice to be able to continue things and characters that you’ve kind of grown with. But it’s always great to have new faces come in. they’re not big on replacing people and characters so much, which I think is smart, because there’s so many different characters. I think there’s going to be a lot of new faces coming up in that world. I’m happy just to be a part of that big universe.
Finally, I know fans are going to want to know about your third super spy character from The Bourne Legacy. We know that Bourne 5 is coming with Matt Damon’s character. But fans have long talked about there being collaboration between the two of you and mixing these characters up. Is that still something that’s on your mind?
Jeremy Renner: Yeah, I mean in two seconds. I love that world. I love the character. If they want to do that, I’m in. there’s no ‘no’ coming from this direction. I don’t pull the strings on that…
SR: Unless the body can’t handle it.
Jeremy Renner: No. The body will be able to handle that. [laughs]
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation will be in theaters on Friday, July 31st.