One year after the snowplow accident that nearly claimed his life, the Avengers actor, who is popularly known to play Clint Barton or Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is all set to grace the television screens in the much anticipated third season of the beloved crime thriller television series, ‘Mayor of Kingstown,’ created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, which was renewed by Paramount+ in September 2023.
The 52-year-old actor confirmed that he is days away from stepping back into the shoes of Mike McLusky as he will be reprising his role in the series, with the production being reported to start this month, as hinted in an Instagram Story from actress Emma Laird, one of his co-stars in the popular crime show, though no release date has been set. The story featured a photo of Laird with Renner, with the caption reading, “It’s happening! Back with my favourite [sic] guy next week.”
Renner also shared his excitement about returning to play the character, as he confirmed the news in an interview with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen on CNN’s New Year’s Eve special Sunday night. Renner told the co-hosts as he also explained how he got through his recovery from being crushed by a snow plow on New Year’s Day: “I think I’m ready, I think I’m strong enough. We’ll see…. I literally go back in a week. But I’ll be doing my best, trying my hardest.”
Take a look at the entire interview below:
The interview came on the eve of January 1, 2024, to accompany the release of the first single titled ‘Wait,’ off his new album Love and Titanium, which is set to be released Friday, January 19, 2024. The songs on the album are inspired by Renner’s recovery. The actor also shared a heartfelt note on Instagram with his followers. In the black and white picture, the actor has been captured getting an embrace from his daughter. The caption of the post which has accumulated more than 666,955 likes reads as follows:
“Reason number One for my recovery is her. I asked her to “wait for me” when I first saw her January 14 as I arrived home. As I got better, she got better, less afraid. There is simply no better motivator to recover than to heal your family and friends…. With gratitude always , thank you all for your love and support this last full year. I needed every ounce of goodwill and prayer 🙏🏼. Hope you enjoy the video we made from the “Love and Titanium” EP set to release Jan 19th #loveandtitanium❤️”
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During the same interview, Cooper asked how he managed to get through his “unbelievable battle with his year-long recovery,” as Renner was critically injured and broke more than 30 bones. The accident took place while Renner was plowing snow in the driveway of his Lake Tahoe home on New Year’s Day 2023. He had been trying to stop the snow-removal tractor from sliding and hitting his nephew when he was pulled under and crushed.
The Hawkeye actor was airlifted to a hospital where he was treated for “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries.” To this, Renner said, “I’m just so blessed that I have so many things to live for, brother. I have a giant family, I have a 10-year-old daughter, [and] I would’ve disappointed and really messed up a lot of people’s lives if I would’ve passed, and so there’s a lot for me to get better for.” Adding that he is “pretty stubborn S.O.B.”
Renner further explained, “There was a lot for me to fight for, and recovery was just a one-way road in my mind. My recovery became a relief for me, because I knew I could give relief to my family, my daughter and all those that I really affected. And my poor nephew, who was there with me on that day, I gave him images that he can never unsee, but I know that my healing would be healing for him.”
“With that,” he continued, “I’d never thought about my own physical ailments, my own pain, or my own anguish. I had so many things to fight for, so the one-way road of recovery was my mental, sort of, attitude, and that attitude was always to get better. There’s no option other than that. And I still work at every part, every day, and thank God that I have a lot to fight for.”
In addition to this, in another interview with CNN published back in October, Renner openly spoke about how the accident had affected his life. “I just feel very blessed and very lucky to be upright and walk around and to live life,” he said. “I’m very, very clear. My life is really lean, if that makes sense. There’s no fat in my life anymore. I don’t have time for that. So there’s something really beautiful about having that superpower.”
Most recently, he revisited the Reno hospital to thank the staff for taking care of him in the first days after the accident. He also shared a series of photos on Instagram Stories with the medical staff at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. “I got to revisit the amazing group of people who saved my life,” he captioned the picture where he posed alongside the medical workers ending the message with praying hands and heart emojis.
At last, watch the music video of the new single, ‘Wait,’ as released on Jeremy Renner’s YouTube channel below: