UPDATE: THR now reports that Renner actually broke his arms on the set of Tag, not Avengers: Infinity War.
Movie sets can be dangerous places. Sometimes people get injured and sometimes people die. Cameraman Conway Wickliffe was killed on the set of The Dark Knight in 2007, when the pickup truck driving parallel to a stunt car crashed into a tree. On 2012's The Avengers, stuntman Jeremy Fitzgerald slammed into a pile of bricks and tore off a chunk of his scalp. But, not even the actors themselves are out of harm's way. On the set of The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone injured his neck so badly during a fight scene with Steve Austin that he required a metal plate inserted into his neck during surgery. It happens, but thankfully today's news is not a death.
Variety reports that while filming Avengers: Infinity War, Jeremy Renner said he "broke his arms" during a stunt. More specifically, Renner fractured his right elbow and his left wrist. So, is Hawkeye harboring negative thoughts towards the other Avengers, directors, studio, or the stunt that broke his arms? Not exactly:
“That’s how it goes. It’s part of the job.”
But, will it effect his shooting schedule? Renner is currently shooting Tag, in a much less physical role than Hawkeye, so the actor doesn't think so:
“I’m doing a job [Tag] that isn’t really requiring a ton of stunts. It’s not an action movie; it’s a comedy. It just happens to have a few stunts in it. So I don’t have to beat a whole lot of people up or do anything crazy. So it won’t really affect my job….It affects how I get dressed in the morning. I can’t tie my shoes, but outside of that and everything else, I can kind of get by.”
Besides, apparently Renner thinks he's got an improved healing factor like Wolverine:
“I’m sort of a problem solver, you know. There will be an effect to it, but it won’t stop me from doing things that I need to be doing. I’ll heal fast. I’m doing everything I can to heal faster.”
Thank the movie gods that Renner wasn't more seriously injured, or even worse, killed. As for what the stunt involved, maybe we'll be able to figure that out next May when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters.
Avengers: Infinity War has a release date of May 4, 2018.
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