Jeremy Renner knows what it's like to be in a small movie ("The Hurt Locker") and also what it's like to be up for big awards (lead actor Oscar nomination). He also knows what it's like to be in a hit movie ("The Town"). And now, with the Golden Globes nominations on Tuesday, what it's like to be up for an award that's just, well, more fun.
How does it all compare? ďItís a different feeling. For 'Hurt Locker,' we were going screen to screen just trying to get people to see it. But [this] does feel like getting struck by lightning twice.Ē
But even though "The Town" did well both at the box office and with critics, Renner was the only participant to be nominated (for his role as Jem Coughlin, the high-strung partner in crime of director-actor Ben Affleck's character).
ďWhen it comes down to me and this whole production, Iím a representative. Iím leading the charge for a movie that Iím proud of. I know in my heart of hearts that it wouldnít have been what it is without Ben at the helm," Renner said. "Me getting nominated reflects on him, and on everybody in the film.Ē
So, how does it feel to be getting recognition after so many years of toiling in the shadows?
ďIím at a wonderful plateau. I donít futurize or look too far behind me," he said, coining his own conjugation of the word "future." "But this present time does feel amazing. To do what Iíve given my life to do and then get recognized, itís like getting a pat on your back from your boss for a project you worked so hard on all year."
-- Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Jeremy Renner in "The Town." Credit: Warner Bros.