Jeremy Renner shares recovery in new ‘Men’s Health’ interview

Today, Hollywood star and Modesto native Jeremy Renner is working on building up his strength and getting back to filming. But last year, just being able to take a breath was a monumental achievement.On Jan. 1, 2023, Renner broke over 38 bones and suffered severe injuries to several vital organs when he was run over by a large snow plow weighing over 14,000 pounds at his Lake Tahoe home. Renner sat down with our partners at Men’s Health, detailing the accident and how he found the strength and grit to recover from his major trauma.”The EMTs arrived, and I thought, ‘I have to give my body up to them because I’m cooked,’ I’m not getting up. These aren’t just cramps. I’m not going to walk back down the driveway to see my family,” Renner said.Renner also remembers what it felt like when his body was dying.”Those shared experiences with those you love, it’s eternal, and you take it with you. It’s connected. There’s no time, place, or space. It’s magnificent. It’s the mind’s eye. Not your vision. You don’t need vision — you’re dead,” he told Men’s Health.When he woke up, things had changed for him.”I’m a tough guy to love, I think? And I think my family and people put all that aside. There’s a lot of people that love me. And I had no idea. I had to learn how to receive all this love, and it’s not easy. From people you don’t even know, even,” Renner said. “I was famous for having a bow and arrow; now I’m famous for overcoming something as a man.”Renner has a long road ahead in his recovery. The accident changed his day-to-day life.”For my health and my wellness, I have to find positive patterns to help my body recover. And it’s been doing a great job so far by giving it and feeding it and stretching it and torturing it, and doing all the things I need to do. And it seems to be working. And I’ll continue to do it, and I will have to, or I’ll lock up and won’t be walking again,” Renner told Men’s Health.But overall, he’s grateful to have this second lease on life.”There’s certain sort of gifts, I think, that sort of came from the accident,” Renner said. “Bad days don’t exist. How about that? Bad days don’t exist in my life, it’s impossible. It is in our mind and in our power to navigate through that. I know it’s mentally exhausting, but it’s so worth it. It allows me to be more proactive in this gym physically, which gives me more energy, feeds upon itself, and I’m grateful for that.”Read more about Renner’s recovery and recollections from his accident on the Men’s Health website.The July/August issue of Men’s Health featuring Jeremy Renner hits newsstands nationwide on July 2.

Today, Hollywood star and Modesto native Jeremy Renner is working on building up his strength and getting back to filming. But last year, just being able to take a breath was a monumental achievement.

On Jan. 1, 2023, Renner broke over 38 bones and suffered severe injuries to several vital organs when he was run over by a large snow plow weighing over 14,000 pounds at his Lake Tahoe home.

Renner sat down with our partners at Men’s Health, detailing the accident and how he found the strength and grit to recover from his major trauma.

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“The EMTs arrived, and I thought, ‘I have to give my body up to them because I’m cooked,’ I’m not getting up. These aren’t just cramps. I’m not going to walk back down the driveway to see my family,” Renner said.

Renner also remembers what it felt like when his body was dying.

“Those shared experiences with those you love, it’s eternal, and you take it with you. It’s connected. There’s no time, place, or space. It’s magnificent. It’s the mind’s eye. Not your vision. You don’t need vision — you’re dead,” he told Men’s Health.

When he woke up, things had changed for him.

“I’m a tough guy to love, I think? And I think my family and people put all that aside. There’s a lot of people that love me. And I had no idea. I had to learn how to receive all this love, and it’s not easy. From people you don’t even know, even,” Renner said. “I was famous for having a bow and arrow; now I’m famous for overcoming something as a man.”

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Renner has a long road ahead in his recovery. The accident changed his day-to-day life.

“For my health and my wellness, I have to find positive patterns to help my body recover. And it’s been doing a great job so far by giving it and feeding it and stretching it and torturing it, and doing all the things I need to do. And it seems to be working. And I’ll continue to do it, and I will have to, or I’ll lock up and won’t be walking again,” Renner told Men’s Health.

But overall, he’s grateful to have this second lease on life.

“There’s certain sort of gifts, I think, that sort of came from the accident,” Renner said. “Bad days don’t exist. How about that? Bad days don’t exist in my life, it’s impossible. It is in our mind and in our power to navigate through that. I know it’s mentally exhausting, but it’s so worth it. It allows me to be more proactive in this gym physically, which gives me more energy, feeds upon itself, and I’m grateful for that.”

Read more about Renner’s recovery and recollections from his accident on the Men’s Health website.

The July/August issue of Men’s Health featuring Jeremy Renner hits newsstands nationwide on July 2.

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