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Jeremy Renner Thanks God Skull Didn’t ‘Fully Give’ in Snowplow Accident

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Jeremy Renner Thanks God Skull Didn’t ‘Fully Give’ in Snowplow Accident

By Movieguide® Contributor 

A much stronger Jeremy Renner recounted the horrific moment when he was crushed by a snowplow.

In an interview with Men’s Health, Renner recalled the accident that happened in January 2023, when his foot got caught and pulled his body under the 14,000-pound machine.

“It undulates because there’s four sections of tires with these metal tracks — it pulls it like a tank. I remember every undulation,” the AVENGERS actor said. “I remember my head cracking on the thing and it just pressing on me — it’s exactly like you think it would feel. An immovable object and a crushing force, and something’s gotta give.”

Renner is grateful his head didn’t crack under all the pressure.

“Thank God my skull didn’t fully give,” he said.

Renner did, however, suffer a crushed cheekbone and eye socket, 14 broken ribs and a popped lung, among other life-threatening injuries.

The HAWKEYE actor shared the emotional moment when he realized the severity of his injuries.

“I’m not gonna take my daughter skiing today,” he remembered thinking. “Or all the kids that were waiting for me. I can’t kid myself anymore. I have to give it up and just focus on breathing.

Renner was rescued by helicopter and taken to the hospital where he was in the ICU with over 38 broken bones. Despite the hopelessness of the situation, he chose to fight to get better.

“I have to get better than I was today,” he said.

Now a year and a half after the accident, Renner is walking, running and working out.

“Progress feeds progress,” he posted on Instagram. “Even setbacks are movement and that is the DNA of progress — Each breath, each step pours the foundation to our health and wealth Bless you all for feeding me the courage daily.”

Movieguide® previously reported how hope pulled him through that dark time:

The actor shared the importance of holding onto hope.

“You got something on your side. When you get hope, hope is a powerful ally. A lot of things help us build hope, and progress helps us build hope. That’s the easy one,” he added. “Failures don’t feel like they do, but they also really fuel hope because you could get progress out of failures. You can’t really keep progressing without failing. You got to have both. You have to fail to succeed.”


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