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‘This is going to affect the next 20 years of my life’: Jeremy Renner Believed The Bourne Legacy Will Bury His Career So Bad Even MCU Hawkeye Role Won’t Save Him

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner is best known for his role as Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His latest addition to the franchise, Hawkeye, is only one of the projects kept in store for him. Although that is not all the actor has been seen in. Playing roles such as Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy and Jeffery Dahmer in 2002’s Dahmer. 

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

The actor even went on to be a part of the Mission Impossible franchise as well. However, he felt that the movie, The Bourne Legacy would be the end of his career. The movie could have gone to two different poles, both directly affecting his acting career for the good or the bad.

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Jeremy Renner Was The Perfect Choice For The Bourne Legacy

After both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass denied returning for the fourth installment of The Bourne Series, screenwriter Tony Gilroy had been in the dilemma of who would be perfect to carry on the legacy of the spy. His decision was soon made the moment he thought of Jeremy Renner.

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Jeremy Renner

“We looked at a number of people when we very first started out and I think we kept coming back to Jeremy,” Crowley, the producer of the movie had stated. “There’s an accessibility to him, there’s a vulnerability to him which may be a more polished actor might not communicate to the audience, and his physicality made a huge difference to us.”

When Gilroy saw his next spy in Renner, the actor was still a superstar in the making. His fame had been rising after his role in The Avengers as Hawkeye and his continuous recognition was only beginning.

While some would know who the actor is, others would not as much, keeping the audience in a sense of questions. This was the perfect opportunity for the director to cast him as the new lead for the franchise. 

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Jeremy Renner Felt Aaron Cross Would Be The End Of His Career

After Jeremy Renner’s popularity started to rise, the actor grew hesitant in taking on such a significant role. He claimed how his previous roles had all been surrounded by other actors, such as Mission Impossible being highlighted by Tom Cruise and The Avengers having other actors sharing the spotlight with him.

“I thought, ‘This is going to affect how I walk down the street. It’s going to affect what happens when I go into a restaurant,’” he added. “I can’t even believe I’m saying this, but is this going to affect the next 20 years of my life?”

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Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye

He proceeded to state how his role as Aaron Cross would affect him incredibly with the limelight purely focusing on him. This would not only be a boost to recognition, but it could be a boost to recognition either famously or infamously.

Although he knows that in the end, the franchise focuses on the character of Jason Bourne, the fate of Aaron Cross remains in the open, which the actor is willing to retouch and would love to revisit sometime; ready to take on the role once again.

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Source: Cheat Sheet

Written by Adya Godboley

An avid writer fluent in everything Marvel, Adya Godboley is a content writer for Fandomwire. She is currently doing her Bachelor's of Arts in English Honours. Adya likes to read a lot and it would not be a surprise to see her spend her entire day playing Genshin Impact. Her articles range from Marvel, DC and movies to Mental Health Awareness.