Jeremy Renner quotes

  • People find themselves in ruts all the time. You're in a complacent lifestyle where you work 9 to 5 and then you add a mortgage and kids. You feel trapped, but guess what, brother? You constructed that life. If you're OK with it, there's nothing wrong with that. But if you've got unease, then you've got to make a change.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Brother #Kids #People

  • I have a hard time saying "no" if it's right. I don't say "no" to say "no." I said "no" when I didn't have a pot to piss in. I still said "no" to big money jobs because they didn't make creative sense to me.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Jobs #Hard Times #Creative

  • The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. So I'll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it's a form of expression that all I need is me. I don't need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Song #Expression #Play

  • You have a great road map when you play somebody that exists. That's the amazing thing. But then you have great limitations from that road map. It's hard to deviate from it creatively as an actor. It's like, "Oh wait, he'd never do that."
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Play #Waiting #Actors

  • I love the idea of going to work and having to fight and learn a new skill set, whether it's muay Thai or Kali or Filipino stick fighting. To me, it's like college for life.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Fighting #College #Ideas

  • Not every actor gives their life to do this job. Some just do it as a job. Well, it's my life.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Jobs #Giving #Actors

  • I like to stay busy, I like to stay focused, and I like to stay creative. Without being creative I'd be dead.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Creative #Busy #Stay Focused

  • You have to wait for a big star to come in and generate interest on a project, and now that has become me, which is an amazing blessing.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Stars #Blessing #Waiting

  • I don't change. The things around me change.
    -- Jeremy Renner

  • I don't really think there's much difference between a character actor and a leading man besides aesthetics.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Character #Men #Thinking

  • I don't want to play a bad guy who doesn't have a bit of good in him.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Play #Guy #Want

  • I guess I just have one of those resting faces that makes me look like I want to beat you up.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Looks #Want #Faces

  • I only scream and scratch when something's only 'really good' or 'good', I want to be great, or let's go home.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Home #Scratches #Want

  • I think it's great to be a part of a franchise that is successful. Any franchise is successful because it's a continuation and people have seen it.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Successful #Thinking #People

  • I will never be in the stock market. It's just gambling. I'm a gambler, but I'll gamble on the practicality of things.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Gambling #Practicality

  • Getting to play with Thor's hammer while he stroked my bow
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Play #Hammers #Bows

  • Other people can think ahead all they want. I just focus on the task at hand and try to move on.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Moving #Thinking #Hands

  • I'll take any risk there is.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Risk

  • I used to hang out at karaoke bars all the time. It was the most fun you could have when you had no money.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Fun #Bars #Karaoke

  • When I was growing up, I wasn't taught how to feel or communicate feelings.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Growing Up #Feelings #Taught

  • I'm a simple, simple man.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Simple #Men

  • I have a bad sweet tooth. I'm pretty good when I have to eat well for work, but otherwise, I could eat a whole roll of raw cookie dough.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Sweet #Teeth #Cookies

  • I know it's a cliche but I never wanted to be famous. I don't believe anybody wants to be famous.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Believe #Want #Cliche

  • I like repressed characters. That gives me a lot of freedom to make a lot of different choices through subtleties.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Character #Giving #Choices

  • I want my personal life to be personal.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Want #Personal Life

  • Architecture and building is about how you get around the obstacles that are presented to you. That sometimes determines how successful you'll be: How good are you at going around obstacles?
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Successful #Obstacles #Architecture

  • Accents can be a great tool to tell a story - but if you do it wrong, it pulls you right out of the movie.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Tools #Stories #Accents

  • Fear is just not a part of my life - so much so that if it's involved in somebody else's life and they're close to me, I won't be around them.
    -- Jeremy Renner

  • I was always a singer. But I was always focused on being an actor as my trade. Music I do just for me. The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Actors #Singers #Impossible

  • I think cinema should provoke thoughts, sure, but using it as I soapbox I think is the wrong place. I never want to be part of something like that, where there's an agenda there that's not about telling a story, where its someone getting on a soapbox and preaching their own beliefs onto somebody.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Thinking #Cinema #Stories

  • I love my small town, and I love going back there and supporting the community. But I could not have stayed there. No way.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Community #Way #Towns

  • People love to yammer on about things that aren't real.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Real #People

  • I'll always build houses.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #House

  • I'm blessed to have cool roles in these big movies.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Blessed #Roles #Bigs

  • I feel connected to that idea of wanting to belong to something, to have a sense of purpose as a man on the planet.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Men #Ideas #Purpose

  • I'm attracted to those kinds of roles that could be good or could be bad, and you just don't know.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Roles #Kind #Be Good

  • The star thing, the celebrity thing, is new to me.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Stars

  • I want to be a good human being.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Want #Humans

  • I'm just happy to be working.
    -- Jeremy Renner

  • I know what I like and what I want, and I can sit and enjoy every 10 minutes that go by. And truly enjoy it.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Want #Minutes #Enjoy

  • I lived by the candlelight for two years because I couldn't afford power. It was nice and romantic at the time, but if you can't afford power you're pretty broke. You endure it.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Nice #Years #Two

  • I'm consciously aware, specifically with the comic book world, where there's a built-in fanbase. But, there's a little bit of leniency because there are a couple different universes.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Couple #Book #Different

  • I want to not do anything I've done before. That can come in any form.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Done #Want #Form

  • I like to play unpredictable characters, and I like to be unpredictable in what movie I'll do.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Character #Play #Unpredictable

  • I was very shy when I was younger. But I did have a terrible temperament. I would get angry very quickly, but the rest of the time I was this big goofball, playing the drums in a band and making out with girls.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Girl #Shy #Band

  • I was an athlete when I was growing up.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Growing Up #Athlete #Growing

  • I do music because I can just pick up my guitar and sing, and completely satisfy, instant gratification. I don't need a script, I don't people, I don't need anything, cameras, I just have myself and my guitar, or keyboard.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Guitar #People #Keyboards

  • The most experience I had in the criminology field is playing a thug as an actor. That was my first paid job. The police academy at the college was paying people to reenact the calls that potential cops would get. So I got to play thugs and people who were unruly.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Jobs #College #Thug

  • Building a house is like producing a movie. There's no right way to do it but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be prepared - or it quickly becomes costly.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Moving #House #Creative

  • There is nothing new, from Greek mythology to Shakespeare to every romcom ever made, we're just reimagining the same 12 story plots over and over again - so what makes people keep watching and listening? It's all about the character.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Character #People #Greek

  • They don't allow you to go any further unless you can do this bomb suit training, because it puts such a mental strain on your spirit. It dumbs you down about 25 to 30 IQ points. You start to hallucinate in the heat inside the suit after 20-30 minutes. So you try not to stay in it too dang long. So the preparation for that - it's either you have it, or you do not.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Long #Preparation #Training

  • So I take a little sleeping pill, pop it and realize nothing's happening - but something else was happening.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Girl #Country #Sleep

  • Aren't we taught as kids that we're beautiful because we feel beautiful and not because someone else says so? You don't look like the model on the magazine cover but you can still be beautiful, so I can't say I really want to change anything. I'm happy with the flaws I have.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Beautiful #Kids #Taught

  • I think cinema should provoke thoughts, sure, but using it as I soapbox I think is the wrong place.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Thinking #Cinema #Soapbox

  • I live my life through fear. If I'm afraid of it I'll do it just so I'm not afraid of it anymore.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Living My Life #Not Afraid #I Live My Life

  • In the 'Hurt Locker' there's a lot of me in there, a sense of humor, a man of few words and a lot of action.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Hurt #Men #Lockers

  • There are rumblings of Captain America 3.  I don’t know what’s going to happen there.  I’ve got to find the time, man (laughs).  I’m trying to stay home and I can’t.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Home #Men #America

  • And I don't care if you're talking about things that are true, you're still talking about my personal life. How about I go peek in your window, take what underwear you wore last night, whose husband you were f---ing, and shove that in the megaphone throughout your neighborhood? How does that feel? It's none of your ***** business.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Husband #Night #Talking

  • What matters to me is learning and growing, and getting to do what I love to do. As long as I can do that, I'm happy.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #What Matters #Long #Growing

  • There's too much down time making movies. That leads to boredom. And that leads to trouble.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Blessing #Boredom #Too Much

  • I need to react to a script, to feel strongly about it in some way. And I need it to be a complex character for sure. And also, I think a lot about what kind of audience there is for the film, what they're looking for and ways to connect with them in the playing of a character.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Character #Thinking #Needs

  • Music I do just for me.
    -- Jeremy Renner

  • I've got to be active in life, and it's the same when I'm doing stunts in a movie: I'll do anything.
    -- Jeremy Renner

    #Active