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Jeremy Renner Reveals He Got Mission Impossible Role After Meeting Tom Cruise

Jeremy Renner isn’t just known for his role as Hawkeye in the MCU. For years, Jeremy has worked on big and small projects and made his name in Hollywood. It wasn’t an easy task for sure, but definitely a fruitful one! Over the years, Jeremy has appeared in films like The Hurt Locker, The Town, and led the Bourne franchise. Renner also appeared as William Brandt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol against Tom Cruise. There’s a sweet story behind Jeremy getting this role. Continue reading to know more about it:

Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Jeremy Renner in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Jeremy Renner Reveals He Got Mission Impossible Role After Meeting Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner
Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner

Apart from playing the MCU’s Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner has managed to craft an amazing resume. He has worked in plenty of movies and played plenty of roles. One of his most notable roles was William Brandt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. However, he didn’t audition for it. Then how did he manage to land in this movie? In a new Vanity Fair video, Jeremy Renner revealed he was meeting with director JJ Abrams. They had to discuss a part in Super 8. However, Abrams’ focus quickly shifted to seeing actor Tom Cruise and asked him to come along. To this, Renner immediately agreed. Later that evening, Renner got a call from Tom Cruise offering him a role to play in his upcoming MI movie. And rest is history.

Check out his statement below:

So, I’m driving across from Santa Monica now back into Hollywood, and I was sitting in this room, and talking to Tom Cruise and all the people who were involved in that, the director… And they say ‘Hey, we want you in this movie,’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, great. All this sounds amazing, but why me?’ And they’re like ‘Well because we look at you and you can be a good guy or a bad guy. People might be on the fence. You’re like a coiled spring.’ I’m like ‘Great, I understand that. I get why you say that.’ I didn’t say yes or no, I just hugged them all, and I went home. And I got a phone call from Tom – first of all, how does Tom Cruise have my home line?… And he says ‘So, do you wanna do it or not?’ ‘Yeah, of course, I’ll do it. I’ll do it, yeah, sure.’ And I hung up. So that’s how I got the role.

Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Jeremy Renner and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

Jeremy Renner didn’t even ask what the role was about, nor did he read the script. He straightaway said yes to the role. He admits that he learned a lot about working in action films from Tom Cruise. Renner said Tom taught him how to be “an actor in the stunt world and treating it like that’s a big part of the job.” Looks like Jeremy Renner learned his lesson well that he follows to date. Also, it’s great he showed interest in action films as he has an aptitude for action. It’ll be exciting to see him in Hawkeye and other projects!