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Jeremy Renner mentioned that he maintains a strong connection with his ‘Hurt Locker’ colleagues, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty.
Jeremy Renner is recalling the aftermath of his snowplow accident and expressing gratitude for his Avengers and The Hurt Locker co-star, Anthony Mackie. During a conversation with James Corden on SiriusXM’s This Life of Mine with James Corden, the 53-year-old actor recounted how Mackie, 45, quickly came to his side.
Sharing details of the incident, Renner said, “One of the first people at my hospital bed was Anthony Mackie. This accident. He was in Vegas. He shot over, and he’s the first person I saw when I woke up.”
Renner went on to acknowledge that while he and Mackie don’t communicate regularly or spend much time together due to busy schedules and parenthood, their connection remains constant. He emphasized the enduring bond they share, stemming from their collaboration on the 2008 film The Hurt Locker, where they portrayed soldiers in the Iraq War, and their subsequent appearances together in various Avengers movies.
In his interview with Corden, Renner further highlighted the tight-knit relationship he shares with Anthony Mackie and actor Brian Geraghty. The trio formed a strong bond while working together on The Hurt Locker, where Geraghty portrayed the third soldier in the bomb-defusing squad central to the film’s narrative. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the movie went on to win six Academy Awards, including the coveted Best Picture.
Reflecting on the impact of their friendship, Renner expressed, “They’ve affected my life in unexpected ways. We should have just been guys working together or whatever, and it’s become far beyond that.” Renner’s sentiment underscores the enduring and meaningful connections that have developed among the three actors, transcending their professional collaborations.
The actor emphasized that during the filming of Hurt Locker in Jordan back in 2007, he, Mackie, and Geraghty were constantly together, both on and off camera. Reflecting on the significance of this shared experience, Renner remarked, “Having that shared experience with somebody, that was so life-changing. It just cements or anchors one of the very principles that I desire in life is a shared experience with a human.” Renner underscores the profound impact and value of bonding through shared transformative moments, contributing to a deeper connection among individuals.
Renner had previously disclosed Mackie’s presence “at my bedside” during the initial aftermath of the snowplow accident on January 1, 2023, in an interview with Diane Sawyer back in April.
Now, over a year after the near-death experience, the actor is resuming work on his Paramount+ series, Mayor of Kingstown, and has even released an album titled Love and Titanium, inspired by the events of the past year.
Expressing his feelings about returning to acting on Mayor of Kingstown, Renner recently shared with PEOPLE, “I don’t know if I’m looking forward to it. Again, I try to just do everything kind of step by step here. That’s one foot in front of the other one. Then you’re walking.”