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Jeremy Renner: 'Bourne' Franchise Is a 'Huge Responsibility'

Jeremy Renner: 'Bourne' Franchise Is a 'Huge Responsibility'

Jeremy Renner takes the cover of Empire‘s August 2012 issue, on newsstands June 28.

Here’s what the 41-year-old The Bourne Legacy star had to share:

On taking over the Bourne franchise: “That’s a huge responsibility. I had to think about what that would mean for my family, my friends, my personal life. It shifts all those relationships in different ways. We can’t just go have a cup of coffee somewhere. So it affects what they’re doing and I had to consider that.”

On how his character, Aaron Cross, is different from Jason Bourne: “He’s coming from a completely different background to Jason. He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this … He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined this program. He’s a person who wants to be part of something. He had nothing going on as a civilian so he became part of this military organisation. He just wants to belong and have a sense of purpose. But then it’s taken away.”

On his first encounter with Matt Damon, who played Bourne: “I was at the Academy Awards for The Hurt Locker and [he] sat in front of me. He, funnily enough, had just seen The Town, because he and Ben Affleck are best buds. I hadn’t even seen it then. So he saw the movie and he was like, ‘Dude! Dude! I saw the movie and it’s so great and you’re awesome!’ So it was a f—— funny introduction, just being at the Academy Awards and having Matt Damon in front of you telling you you’re awesome.”

For more pics from Jeremy‘s shoot, check out EmpireOnline.com!

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11 Responses to “Jeremy Renner: 'Bourne' Franchise Is a 'Huge Responsibility'”

  1. 1
    Jan Says:

    He’s 41?! Whoa.

  2. 2
    TheDudeAbides Says:

    Right on target…

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  4. 4
    LisaT Says:

    He is cute. I am happy he is doing this movie. He was great in The Avengers movie and I bet he is great in this one.

  5. 5
    cooksnkettles Says:

    I don’t have anything against him, but I get the feeling that Renner is in serious danger of becoming overexposed. People will start to think he’s just in it for the dough.

  6. 6
    mj Says:

    I can’t imagine watching a Bourne movie without Matt Damon.

  7. 7
    GreenCAT Says:

    Jeremy is so hot! I’m gonna see this in August!

  8. 8
    ruby Says:

    I can’t wait for this movie, renner is an excellent actor and the trailor looks awesome!!

  9. 9
    Anya Says:

    He is a terrific actor. I think a new character is just the injection of freshness the Bourne Series needed. Here’s hoping it’ll do well. And when is Jeremy hooking up with my girl ScarJo? Come Jer, you know you want to.

  10. 10
    hellyeah! Says:

    mmmmm…want the renner so badly!!!

  11. 11
    Sweetsoul Says:

    He sure is ugly. I want Matt Damon back. I don’t care who doesn’t like him. Matt Damon in all Bourne movies. Sorry Renner/Aaron Cross aka fake Bourne.

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