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Jeremy Renner Asked Daughter to ‘Wait for Me’ After Accident: ‘I’ll Be Better’

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Jeremy Renner Asked Daughter to ‘Wait for Me’ After Accident: ‘I’ll Be Better’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Nearly a year and a half after AVENGERS’ Jeremy Renner suffered a near-fatal snow plow accident, the actor is sharing the heartfelt conversation he had with his daughter Ava, 11, as he started his recovery process.

Movieguide® reported on the accident:

Renner was trying to save his adult nephew from being hit by the plow when he was crushed, the sheriff’s incident report revealed.

The reason for the accident? The machine started to slide sideways after Renner attempted to use the plow to get his nephew’s car out of the snow. He jumped out of the plow without activating the emergency brake.

“When Renner attempted to stop or divert the Pistenbully to avoid injury to (his nephew), he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over,” the incident report read.

Renner’s nephew helped him as they waited for medical assistance and the actor was airlifted to a trauma center.

He sustained serious injuries to his legs and chest, breaking more than 30 bones, and has undergone multiple surgeries. Renner returned home earlier this month after spending two weeks in the hospital.

On THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW, Renner revealed that once he got off life-support, his “life-support really kicked in because my daughter is my life force.”

Clarkson asked Renner, “How did your little girl deal with that?”

“I saw the fear on my daughter’s face for the first time,” the actor revealed. “The reality of what transpired really set in. What I had done to my daughter, what I actually did to my nephew, to my whole family, that really set in.

“So I asked her to wait for me. I said these are just 38 broken bones, darling. And they’re all going to heal,” he continued. “And I promise, if you wait for me, I’ll be better, I’ll be faster, I’ll be stronger than you’ve ever seen before. I promise. You have to wait for me.”

With all the trauma Renner and his family faced, he needed an outlet to express his emotions.

That outlet was music. One particular song called “Wait” chronicles the conversation Renner had with his daughter.

“We all kind of wanted to heal from the incident. Anybody that cared for me prior to the accident also went through stuff,” he explained. “So doing it musically was very cathartic for us, and even for my daughter because she was very a part of it.”

“My daughter plays piano, and just to get her involved in the process, it has turned this into something positive. And that’s what I’ve always been trying to do since the accident,” Renner continued. “Music was a great outlet for me…I always love to find something actual that we can all do, and if it became something healing, heck man, even better.”

The accident transformed Renner’s perspective on life as well.

“[I’m doing] probably 90 percent of all the things I needed to be doing…I think another six months will be hopefully running [more] … I got to set goals for myself,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ll do whatever I can, whatever it takes to get better, to get stronger. It’s a one-way street, this recovery. The rest of my life is about health and wellness.”

“I had a wonderful blessing in this accident. Dying and coming back. I got that time out of life, I got to put pause on life, and go really live life,” Renner added. “And [I think] how can I give this to people? I think we had a little bit of it in COVID, right? There was a global epidemic going on, but the silver lining in that is we got to put pause on something, we got to stop and chill out, and ask what has value in our lives…There’s a wonderful gift in that, if you can hang on to that superpower of [realizing] what has real value in our lives.”


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