Jeremy Renner Says He Doesn’t ‘Have The Energy’ For Difficult Acting Roles Following Snowplough Accident


Jeremy Renner has revealed that he unsure if he will take on demanding acting roles following his snowplough accident.

The Hawkeye star was airlifted to hospital after being crushed by a six tonne snowplough while trying to save his nephew at his ski resort on New Years Day 2023.

Renner sustained several serious injuries, including 8 ribs in 14 different places, along with a broken ankle, clavicle, right knee shoulder, and left tibia.

He also suffered a broken jaw, eye socket, minable, as well as suffering a collapsed lung, after it was pierced by his rib bone, which also penetrated his liver.

“I just don’t have the energy for it” – Renner

Speaking on the Smartless podcast, Renner did admit that he felt “very scared” about returning to acting.

He said that he does not have the “energy” to take on challenging roles, as he is still recovering from his ordeal 18 months on.

“I just don’t have the energy for it. I don’t have the fuel. I have so much fuel to put into this reality, this body, all this stuff”, Renner stated.

He also added: “I can’t just go play make-believe right now. Because that takes a lot of time to get right here every day just so I can have a positive thought, so I can progress, so I can always keep growing”. 

“Because I’m to do, like, f**king fiction? I’m still trying to live in reality, I’m trying to live. So it was a hard line for me to cross. It was a big stretch. It was very, very challenging for me mentally to get over that hump”. 


Back in January, Jeremy Renner did reprise his role as Mike McLusky for the third season of Paramount+ thriller Mayor of Kingstown.

Despite this, the actor did reveal that he is still coming to terms with his injuries.

“I still struggle with it sometimes, like, I don’t take it super seriously. I’m in a character that I can do very well and I know the show very well, so it was easy for me to kind of slide back into it”, he explained.

“But if it was a very challenging role, I couldn’t have taken it. Not challenging in the sense that – because the show’s challenging – but it’s if I had to go play [Jeffrey] Dahmer or something, something so far from me”. 

Back in April, Renner also revealed that he had said his “last words” to his family while lying on his hospital bed. More on that here.