Jeremy Renner Explores Accident and Amazing Recovery in New Interview
By Movieguide® Contributor
Jeremy Renner will detail his January 1 snowplow accident with Diane Sawyer, along with the speedy recovery that has allowed the actor to bounce back faster than expected, in his first interview since the incident.
Renner was injured on January 1 while clearing snowfall from his Nevada property. After exiting from his snowplow, the vehicle began to slide, heading straight for his adult nephew. In an effort to slow down or stop the snowplow, Renner attempted to step on the track but was pulled under the vehicle instead and was fully run over.
During the interview, Renner recalls not only the pain of being run over but also being “awake for every moment” of the accident.
The actor was immediately rushed to the hospital, arriving in stable but critical condition, with 30 broken bones and blunt chest trauma. Yet he was discharged only two weeks later, already on the road to a quick recovery.
The interview will look at the methods Renner is using as he continues to recover, including an anti-gravity treadmill and electric stimulation workouts.
Sawyer’s piece will also return to the scene of the accident, with interviews of family members as well as the first responders who aided Renner amidst difficult weather conditions.
“I just perfectly see him in a pool of blood coming from his head,” Renner’s nephew says in the trailer for the upcoming interview. “I ran up to him. I didn’t think he was alive.”
As Renner continues to heal, he recently credited his daughter Ava as the motivation behind his speedy recovery.
“Happy 10th Birthday to you!!!! So very proud of you in every way. Your hugs and your love, have healed me so incredibly fast,” he wrote in a birthday Instagram post.
“I stand up for you, and I am stronger than before because of you. I am your Father, I am your protector, and I am only yours,” he concluded his message.
The release of Sawyer’s special will come only a week before Renner’s new show, RENNERVATIONS, debuts on Disney+, where Renner is expected to walk the red carpet during the L.A. premiere. This will be his second project to release since he sustained the injuries at the beginning of the year; neither project was delayed due to the incident.
The interview will air on April 6 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC and will stream the next day on Hulu.
Movieguide® previously reported on Renner’s recovery:
Jeremy Renner is getting ready for the premiere of his new show, RENNERVATIONS, and the actor calls it the “driving force” for his recovery after a near-fatal snow plow accident in January. RENNERVATIONS is a four-part Disney+ show that, according to Fox News, “embraces Jeremy Renner’s lifelong passion to give back to communities around the world by reimagining unique purpose-built vehicles to meet a community’s needs.”
“I’ve been on this journey for many years, and I started in my community by building vehicles for people in need,” Renner said in a statement about the upcoming show. “But a few years ago, I thought: How can I plus this up and create a bigger impact on a whole community? And that’s what this show does.”
He continued, “This is one of my biggest passions and it’s a driving force in my recovery, and I can’t wait for the world to see it.”
RENNERVATIONS will premiere on Disney+ on April 12
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