Jeremy Renner connects with The Hollywood Reporter: A Star is Born.

Jeremy Renner took some time over the weekend on March 30, 2012 in L.A. to hook up with The Hollywood Reporter.

What transpired were some very hot, smoldering shots of the guy who had to wait nearly 40 years to finally get some well deserved recognition when he swept award season years ago for his explosive performance in “The Hurt Locker”.  The upside is he doesn’t buy the sudden rise in interest for one minute, but he’s happy to use it to his advantage.

The 41 year old actor recently starred alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” which will be available on DVD this month.  Next month he can be seen in an ensemble superhero action picture, “The Avengers”.  The big movie everyone is hoping will take him to official A-list status comes out this August, “The Bourne Legacy” for which he saw his biggest movie pay day yet!  5 Million Dollars.

Next January (2013) he’ll be seen in a gothic action film, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”,  a movie the studio decided to delay and release almost a year later than intended in hopes of capitalizing on Jeremy Renner’s potential star power with The Bourne Legacy.  All suits are crossing their fingers that that’s the film that catapults him beyond obtainable.

Jeremy recently completed a supporting role as a Magician alongside Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix.  The movie is currently in post production and has finally been recently titled, “Low Life”.

Jeremy recently stayed in both of our hoods and connected with the Hollywood Reporter at West Hollywood’s Soho House.  As usual, the guy doesn’t mince words when he speaks and nor does he shy away from knocking you verbally (or physically) if you dare consider instigating something with him, but assure you he’s not really a violent person.  Also like me he’s “socially liberal, but fiscally conservative”.

He carefully sips one of his drinks of choice, Vodka, while enjoying a Caesar Salad, then freely admits to taking drugs when he was younger.  When he was having a Christmas Eve dinner with his family years ago, a guy came around and choked him with his scarf while calling him a fag.  He didn’t take that lightly and got the guy in a choke hold on the floor of the restaurant.

Jeremy also clears up the rumors over the Thailand bar fight and explains what really happened.  Where he keeps especially quiet are in the area of other people’s battles like Matt Damon’s fued with Paul Greengrass who Directed the other Bourne films.

Jeremy Renner is up there on the list of one of the great actors of this time.  He’s got a penchant for macro photography and misses his pup “Franklin” who died of a heart attack suddenly last month.  Life for him can be more lonely than imagined and the dog was his saving grace.

He is also one of the most private actors around.  Forget about what you’ve heard, read or speculated when it comes to this man, because the bottom line is no one knows who he really is except his trusted circle.   His response to any speculation will never be dignified with any confirmation no matter how many wiggle around wanting to know.

“I want my personal life to be personal, and it’s not f–ing true and I don’t care if you’re talking about things that are true, you’re still talking about my personal life. How about I go peek in your window, take what underwear you wore last night, whose husband you were f–ing, and shove that in the megaphone throughout your neighborhood? How does that feel? It’s none of your goddamn business.”  He adds,  “Any person I touched during the Hurt Locker campaign, I was fucking. They had me fucking Kristoffer Winters, my brother,” as he describes his live-in business partner, who restores houses with him. “Goddamn, I must be busy!”

He does admit to having only two relationships in the last twenty years that both didn’t last long.  The one in his 20’s lasted five years and the one his 30’s lasted 2 1/2.  For this very reason he hesitated to taking on the highly publicized leading role for “Bourne Legacy”.   His friends and trusted ones convinced him it was the way to go.

“It was a game-changer in anonymity,” he says, “and I like my private life and my family. I had to consider how this was going to affect everyone I love — especially myself.”

He also reminds everyone once again that rumors about him taking over the “Mission Impossible” franchise are completely false and untrue.  However, with the Bourne Franchise that’s an entirely different story as he’s agreed to two more potential films which would up his asking price to 10 million.

Although many say that he’ll lose at the most handsome actor contest, I personally beg to differ and would take him over any of those mannequins any day.

To read the interview in its entirety, see the photos and video click here for the full Hollywood Reporter story.

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