Jeremy Renner Discusses Playing a New Kind of Agent in The Bourne Legacy
08.09.12 by Ryan
It's been a pretty good year for Jeremy Renner so far, and it could get even better after this weekend.
After stepping into the Mission: Impossible franchise with last year's Ghost Protocol, Renner joined the ranks of The Avengers, which, let's just say, was a bit of a success. In The Bourne Legacy, Renner picks up the Bourne franchise from Matt Damon, playing Aaron Cross, a decidedly different agent from Damon's Jason Bourne. "Aaron Cross knows exactly who he is," Renner told Hollywood Dailies' Jeremy Parsons. "He joins a different program — willingly — and wanted to be a part of something."
It's a completely different set of circumstances and plight for this character. A new sort of canvas that we can open up the world a little bit, and it makes it very exciting.
While Renner says it's "exciting," that doesn't mean he's not still adjusting to the rigors of the physical training involved in playing an action star. Renner discusses that and the differences between acting in big action movies and his Oscar–nominated performance in The Hurt Locker in our interview below.
The Bourne Legacy was directed by Tony Gilroy, who wrote the script with his brother Dan. The movie co-stars returning Bourne actors Albert Finney, Joan Allen and David Strathairn, as well as newcomers Rachel Weisz
(Dream House), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Sucker Punch) and Stacy Keach.