Wind River's Jeremy Renner: Being a Father is Number One. Movies Come Second (The Independent -- UK)
- 07 Sep
- Written by coolshades
Renner, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in 'The Hurt Locker', stars with Elizabeth Olsen in Taylor Sheridan's 'Wind River', a murder mystery that touches on male grief.
Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert, a US Fish and Wildlife officer, in Taylor Sheridan's thriller 'Wild River'
To the casual filmgoer, Jeremy Renner is the sinewy star on standby to play alpha-male Hollywood heroes. He’s dead-shot superhero Hawkeye in The Avengers movies. He’s played espionage agents in the Mission: Impossible franchise and The Bourne Legacy. And received two Oscar nods for his bomb disposal expert in The Hurt Locker and bank robber in The Town. “Ninety percent of my movies, I have a weapon in my hand,” he says, grimacing. “Whatever. I grew up with guns.”
Yet there’s another side to the granite-like Renner: the sensitive soul who renovates homes in his spare time, raises his 3 year-old daughter Ava and stars in defiantly non-Hollywood movies like Arrival and The Immigrant. His latest film Wind River falls into this category. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the film is set on the real-life Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Like Sheridan’s earlier scripts, drugs drama Sicario and the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, it comes with an impressively textured sense of place.
Renner plays Cory Lambert, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife officer who spends his days hunting coyotes and other predators. Nursing his own trauma, after the death of his daughter years earlier, his life up-ends when he discovers the body of an 18 year-old Native American woman on the reservation. With the disturbing revelations drip-fed, the film is every bit as uncompromising as the morally murky Sicario and as bleak as the film’s wintry Wyoming backdrops. “It’s a beautiful, small, insular film,” Renner notes.