Diane Sawyer talks to Jeremy Renner about his accident
American star Jeremy Renner is best known for portraying Clint Barton/Hawkeye in numerous Avengers films as well as his own Marvel series on Disney+. In January this year, he suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopaedic injuries after being hit by a seven-tonne snowplough at his home, and recently sat down for his first interview since the event.
Renner claimed he’d relive the accident to save his nephew again in an emotional interview during his ongoing recovery.
His extensive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer will air in full next Thursday, April 6.
Until then, the Avengers star has recalled the event in detail and broke down in tears when he shared the experience of saving Alexander.
“I’d do it again,” Renner said, to which a stunned Sawyer replied: “You’d do it again?”
“Yeah, I’d do it again,” he confirmed. “‘Cause [the snowplough] was going right at my nephew.”
Renner was hospitalised on New Year’s Day after being run over by the snowplough at his home in Nevada.
He underwent surgery the next day and was released on January 17, later confirming he had broken 30 bones in the accident.
When asked how much pain he remembered, Renner replied: “All of it. I was awake through every moment.”
However, the Hollywood star didn’t regret the accident as it meant his nephew was out of harm’s way.
His nephew told Sawyer: “I see him in a pool of blood coming from his head. I ran up to him. I didn’t think he was alive.”
During the interview, Renner broke down in tears when Sawyer recalled a heartbreaking moment from the accident.
“I heard that you had, in sign language, you said to your family, ‘I’m sorry’,” she said.
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“I chose to survive,” Renner added. “That’s not gonna kill me, no way.
“I’ve lost a lot of flesh and bone in this experience, but I’ve been refuelled and refilled with love and titanium.”
Sawyer’s interview next week will also reveal more details about Renner’s physical recovery, including using a knee scooter to move around.
He has since kept his fans up-to-date on his progress on social media, most recently sharing a video of himself walking for the first time with the help of an anti-gravity treadmill.
The ABC presenter also detailed the full extent of Renner’s injuries sustained in the accident.
“Eight ribs broken in 14 places,” Sawyer began. “Right knee, right ankle broken, left leg tibia broken, left ankle broken, right clavicle broken, right shoulder broken.
“Face, eye socket, jaw, mandible broken. Lung collapsed. Pierced from the rib bone, your liver – which sounds terrifying.”
Renner held it together as he quipped: “I thought, ‘What’s my body going to look like? Am I just going to be a spine and a brain, like a science experiment?”
Jeremy Renner’s full interview will air Thursday, April 6 on ABC.
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