Jeremy Renner Says He Avoids Challenging Roles Following Snowplow Accident: 'I Don't Have the Fuel'

Renner suffered 38 fractures, a collapsed lung, and more from his snowplow incident.

Jeremy Renner poses in a black jacket at the premiere of "Mayor of Kingstown," against a backdrop with Paramount+ branding
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Jeremy Renner poses in a black jacket at the premiere of "Mayor of Kingstown," against a backdrop with Paramount+ branding

Jeremy Renner has revealed his near-fatal snowplow incident has kept him from taking on tough roles.

In a conversation with the Smartless podcast, Renner reflected on how the accident has significantly changed his life. According to the actor, he doesn't have enough energy to take on more challenging movie roles due to recovering from his injuries in the accident.

"I just don't have the energy for it. I don't have the fuel," said Renner around 49:30 mark. "I have so much fuel to put into this reality, this body, all this stuff. I can't just go play make-believe right now. Because that takes a lot of time to get right here every day just so I can have a positive thought, so I can progress, so I can always keep growing."

Elsewhere in the conversation, Renner said he understands what it means to value having time in the present but admitted he was terrified of getting back to acting. According to Renner, he had a very difficult time trying to return in front of the camera.

"Because I'm to do, like, fucking fiction? I'm still trying to live in reality, I'm trying to live. So it was a hard line for me to cross," he explained around the 48:40 mark. "It was a big stretch. It was very, very challenging for me mentally to get over that hump."

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In January 2023, Renner was helping a family member when he got run over by a 14,300-lb Snowplow and suffered 38 fractures, a collapsed lung, a detached eye, and substantial chest trauma.

In an interview with Complex, Renner revealed that one of his milestones post-recovery is getting back to running.

"I was trying to run a 4.5 40 at the end of summer last year. That was my goal, right? [Chuckles]," said Renner. "I have to give myself a little bit more time. And again, it's not about running a 4.5 40, it's just getting into the place of: I want the agility and sprint power, that movement makes me feel alive."

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