Jeremy Renner has earned widespread acclaim and an Oscar nomination for best actor for his nuanced performance in the Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker.” The film is tied with “Avatar” for a leading nine Oscar nominations, including best picture, best director for Kathryn Bigelow and best original screenplay for Mark Boal.
The low-budget war film nabbed six of the eight awards for which it was nominated, including best picture and best director, at Sunday’s British film awards. But Colin Firth of “A Single Man” won the best actor prize, in which Renner was a competitor.
I got the chance to talk to Renner about the challenging role last spring at the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Here is a portion of the story; you can read the rest on Planet46.com, where the feature is included as part of the site’s ongoing Oscars warmup.
DALLAS — In a taut moment of his Iraq war film “The Hurt Locker,” Jeremy Renner’s character determinedly strips off his bulky protective suit and bulbous helmet after finding a stack of homemade bombs in an old car trunk.
“If I’m gonna die, I’m gonna die comfortable,” Staff Sgt. William James declares to the two other members of his Army explosive ordnance disposal team.
After donning the cumbersome gear on set in the broiling heat of a Middle Eastern summer, Renner, 38, could see his character’s point.
“I have mixed feelings about the suit,” the actor said during a Q&A at last spring’s American Film Institute Dallas International Film Festival. “On one hand, it is quite peaceful. It’s like, you know, 100 pounds or so; it’s equally distributed through your entire body, so the physical weight is interesting at first. And the sound you hear is just your own breath, that’s all you hear.”
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