Jeremy Renner’s time is nigh

Sarah Posted by Sarah at April 5, 2012 14:45:40 April 5, 2012 14:45:40

If you donΓÇÖt read my site, and letΓÇÖs go ahead and assume you donΓÇÖt, you might not know that I have a bit of a crush on Jeremy Renner. Or, more specifically, on his cute butt. Ever since his Oscar-nominated turn in The Hurt Locker in 2008, RennerΓÇÖs star has been steadily on the rise, and now heΓÇÖs poised to be the Next Big Thing with two major movies bookending the summer. In May he stars in The Avengers and in August heΓÇÖs got to carry the first non-Damon Bourne movie. ItΓÇÖs make or break time for Renner.

Which is why heΓÇÖs on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter with the headline ΓÇ£A star is BOURNE (fingers crossed)ΓÇ¥. Hollywood really, really needs leading men. The Movie Star is dying and our last crop of leading men is aging out of the kind of manly-men roles that made most of them famous. The industry is desperate for dudes who can carry an action flick while also appealing to the ladiesΓÇöthis is why Channing Tatum is having the success he is, despite being unevolved. And right now, Renner is one of the top candidates for this position. HeΓÇÖs a two-time Oscar nominee whoΓÇÖs made his name in recent years playing soldiers, thieves and assassins. DoesnΓÇÖt get much manlier than that. To me, the real question about RennerΓÇÖs Movie Star potential is whether or not he will appeal to a wide enough audience of women. I mean, IΓÇÖm into it, but I know Lainey isnΓÇÖt.

HereΓÇÖs why you should be rooting for the success of Jeremy Renner (besides the fact that he  actually is fully evolved): heΓÇÖs f*cking crazy and will be GREAT for gossip. I love discussing Renner because it leads to some of the wildest stories IΓÇÖve ever heard, and this guy gives phenomenal sound bites. Just read his THR pieceΓÇöitΓÇÖs full of gems like ΓÇ£and then I choked him outΓÇ¥ and ΓÇ£I donΓÇÖt want to be a good celebrity, a good f*cking starΓÇ¥. We need Jeremy Renner. This is a guy who says ΓÇ£I donΓÇÖt do bar fights,ΓÇ¥ but then proceeds to tell a story about the time he got into a bar fight on CHRISTMAS EVE. Also, heΓÇÖs one of those guysΓÇöyou know those guys, the ones who know everyone and are friends with everybody, the kind of guy who throws amazing parties and the craziest sh*t goes down around him. Whenever thereΓÇÖs a weird story about him, like that bar fight in Thailand, the reality of what happened is always 67% more nuts than whatever official version his publicist puts out.

Last summer we test drove Ryan Reynolds and his Movie Star dream stalled out. This year, itΓÇÖs Jeremy RennerΓÇÖs turn. ThereΓÇÖs a lot riding his on his shoulders with the future of the Bourne franchise and his potential as a leading man beyond that. ParamountΓÇÖs already banking on his potential as a household name, pushing Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to January 2013. (Given the January date, itΓÇÖs probably bad, but theyΓÇÖll want RennerΓÇÖs name to mean something by then so they have something to market next winter.) Please, please let Jeremy Renner be a Movie Star. Gossip will be a better, more insane place for it.

(Lainey: does it look like heΓÇÖs wearing a lot of eyeliner in this shoot? Also attached - Renner eating with friends at MelΓÇÖs Diner in LA earlier this week.)

Click here to read the full Jeremy Renner article from The Hollywood Reporter.


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