Jeremy Renner Covers 'Details' Magazine Dec/Jan 2012
Here’s what the 40-year-old two-time Academy Award nominee opened up about:
On fixing up old houses while auditioning: “I wasn’t super-happy being so poor. Eating on $10 a month—probably not very good for you. But I loved what I was doing. Not every actor gives their life to do this job. Some just do it as a job. Well, it’s my life.”
On how rebuilding houses compares to filmmaking: “Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it, but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be prepared—or it quickly becomes costly. These sound like life lessons. It certainly affected how I approach my life.”
On past relationships: “I never dated, because I couldn’t afford to date. I didn’t even have electricity. You try to put a positive spin on it, like, ‘Hey, this is so sexy—look at all these candles!’ But I loved what I was doing. The sacrifices I made in personal relationships had the biggest effect on my life. Even now, any woman would take a No. 2 seat to my job.”
On his acting gigs: “I’m blessed to have cool roles in these big movies. Because nothing against Transformers, but thank God I don’t have to do a monologue to a robot. I don’t know how Shia [LaBeouf], God bless him, does that.”
On tabloids: “I don’t pay attention to that horses–t. Build ‘em up to bring ‘em down? I’m not going on that train, my son. I’m not going on that train. I’ll walk. I’ll take a bike. (laughs) I’d rather just not be popular.”
More on Jeremy at Details.com!