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The Town, actor Jeremy Renner

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18 Responses to “The Town, actor Jeremy Renner”

  1. LexG says:

    a) How is Renner 40?

    b) What EVER happened to Renner v 1.0, Devon Sawa?

  2. sanj says:

    favorite part – last minute of the interview
    most interesting part – he only watched 5 movies this year

  3. LexG says:

    Kidding aside, this interview RUUUUUUUUUUUUUULED.

    Only ever really seen Renner on late-night shows where he mostly just played “good sport,” so this was a fun watch, seeing just how seriously he takes his craft and thinking through every answer, sometimes seeming a little prickly even but always delivering an interesting response.

    GOOD INTERVIEW.

  4. Michael. says:

    Nice interview, but damn I thought for sure you were going to get some solid info about The Master out of him.

  5. Mur says:

    I adore Jeremy Renner !!!!!!!!!!!!
    This is a great video !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Where can I find the text of this interview?

  6. Keil Shults says:

    If I watch this and the PTA project isn’t even approached, I’ll be very annoyed.

  7. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    I’ve watched probably 15 or 20 DP/30’s in the last few weeks. Sometimes future projects are not discussed and often noteworthy past projects are overlooked. You can only cover so much ground in 30 minutes and DP probably lets the conversation flow organically to a certain degree. Not everything you’d like to see discussed will get covered. Overall, I think DP does a really great job and almost all of them have been a treat to listen to. There’s even a drinking game: do a shot every time he makes an Armageddon 2 joke.

  8. Keil Shults says:

    No excuses. Having sat through this rather by-the-numbers interview, it’s clear there were numerous opportunities for a question about or segue into the P.T. Anderson project and why it stalled. Of course, I’ve never sensed that Poland reveres Anderson or his work as much as most other cinephiles, so it may just not have interested him.

  9. Paul MD (Stella's Boy) says:

    No excuses? Wow. You’re a tough customer. Maybe Renner knows as much as we do. He didn’t say much about The Avengers either. I would have loved a question or two about Jesse James. Oh well. I still enjoyed it.

  10. Keil Shults says:

    I’ll admit that I am indeed a tough customer, and I really feel it’s a no-brainer that the Master question is one on a lot of people’s minds. Maybe Renner asked beforehand that Poland avoid asking questions about it, but i somehow doubt it. I’m not sure why I felt far less enthusiastic toward this interview than the one with John Hawkes, which is essentially another look at an “I’m just a regular guy who loves to work” actor. But I suppose Hawkes just exudes a warmth, humor and honesty that seems lacking from Renner. Either way, I admire both guys and wish them both the best of luck. I just wish these interviews dug a little deeper or colored outside the lines, however slightly.

  11. Skye R. says:

    Thanks for this great interview.

    I remember watching two of Jeremy’s Modesto Junior College theater productions and regional theater, I can say without a doubt that Jeremy deserves all his success. He’s one hell of a nice guy that hasn’t forgotten where he came from.

  12. David Poland says:

    As far as I know, The Master is not funded at the moment. Maybe I should have asked if he is disappointed that the film is on hold, but I don’t think asking him for info on the film is what we were there to talk about, unless he chose to go there. Regardless, you watched the interview… how much discussion do you think JR would have indulged in about a film on which he’s not yet working?

    I was surprised by myself that in the chat with Mark Ruffalo, I never asked about The Hulk. But we had plenty to talk about that I thought was interesting without kicking that tire. Had it be a 90 minute interview, surely I would have gotten to it.

    For me, Keil, your last comment tells me that I got where I wanted with those interviews. I don’t know what “deeper or outside the lines” means exactly, but my goal, wherever these chats go – and they go a wide variety of places, I think – my first objective is to get to the person under the image of the person. 30 minutes allows someone to relax – not always quickly… not always ever – and I think you start to get a sense of who they are. For me, it’s not about the questions or even the answers always, so much as how the interviewee approaches questions or answers.

    My interviews are not exactly like anyone else’s I know of, for better or worse.

  13. Keil Shults says:

    Fair enough. I’m just really depressed at the thought of another year without a new PTA film. 🙁

  14. VALERY says:

    HE’S A GREAT ACTOR AND I REALLY ENJOY THE PART WHERE I DOESN’T FEEL BEING IN THE SOUP. I LOVE HIS LAUGH, IT’S BEAUTIFUL HAHA!

  15. Keil Shults says:

    Valery, I left my keys in that box of IEDs. Can you go get them for me? Thanks.

  16. LexG says:

    Hey Renner seems like an ULTRA SERIOUS DUDE who’d be EASILY pissed off, but how come no one ever asks him about his Reality TV gig on that IT FACTOR show? It chronicled his Dahmer-era as an up-and-coming actor. So, yeah, not exactly like he was on BIG BROTHER 5 or something, but still… Surpassed Jacinda Barrett as most successful actor to have ever appeared on reality TV?

  17. Skye R. says:

    LexG,

    IT FACTOR: LA and NYC were terrific. I have LA’s season on video. A show like that could never be done today without looking completely fake and scripted.

  18. Pilar says:

    I think is a great interwiew,in this case Jeremy L. fells comfortable and the questions and answers go easily.So thanks for your video from Spain,Bss.:)

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