Jeremy Renner, known for his roles in Marvel films, shared that knowing he has “a lot to fight for” played a key role in his recovery from a severe snow plough accident that occurred on New Year’s Day 2022.
At 52, Renner faced a life-threatening situation when he was run over by his own snow plough, resulting in over 30 broken bones.
Speaking to the media, he expressed, “I’m just so blessed I had so many things to live for, I have a giant family, a 10-year-old daughter.” Renner’s sole focus was to “get better.”
“I would have disappointed and really messed up a lot of people’s lives if I would have passed,” stated Renner, famous for portraying Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I’m also pretty stubborn, there’s a lot for me to fight for and recovery was just a one-way road in my mind and my recovery.”
The incident occurred during a severe winter storm in the US, which brought significant snowfall to multiple states. Renner was using his snow plough to help his nephew, whose car was stuck in the snow near Renner’s residence.
After freeing the car, Renner exited the plough, which then began moving on its own, as Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam described at the time.
Attempting to re-enter the driver’s seat to stop it, Renner was tragically run over by the large equipment, according to Balaam. He was urgently airlifted to a hospital in Reno, Nevada, and spent time in intensive care.
Renner recounted the traumatic experience, noting the indelible impact it had on his nephew, who witnessed the accident. However, he believed that his own healing would also aid in healing those close to him, including his daughter.
He said he had “never thought about my own physical ailments or my own pain or my own anguish – so the one-way road to recovery was like a mental attitude.” “And that attitude was always to get better. And there’s no option other than that.”
Following his interview with the media, Renner shared a photo on Instagram, showing him embracing his nephew, stating “Post-interview love from my sweet nephew who helped save my life.”
The actor also revisited the hospital where he was treated to express his gratitude to the children, superheroes, first responders, and medical staff there.
Renner, known for his role in Marvel films, has also been acclaimed for his performances in “The Hurt Locker,” “Wind River,” “American Hustle,” and “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”
Currently starring in the Paramount+ series “The Mayor Of Kingstown,” Renner said he feels ready to resume filming for its third season, though still gauging his physical strength for the return.