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Published Time: 23.05.2024 - 14:13:37 Modified Time: 23.05.2024 - 14:13:37

"For a second, we did... but I got some duct tape and got all put back together. It's all good," Renner joked. Jeremy Renner


"Anthony Mackie was actually one of the first I saw when I woke up," the Hawkeye actor told Jimmy Fallon in his gripping May 22 interview.

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On January 1, 2023, Jeremy Renner was involved in a harrowing snow plow accident that almost took his life. On May 22, the Hawkeye and Mayor of Kingstown actor made his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since his near-death experience, and shared a play-by-play of what happened that day and in the healing period since.

"For a second, we did... but I got some duct tape and got all put back together. It's all good," Renner joked.

"You were supposed to come on the show in January," said Fallon.

"I was kind of tied up last year. I was pretty banged up," responded Renner, who told the audience how Fallon texted him, 'Dude, you're trending!' while he was recovering in the ICU.

"No, I'm dying," Renner recalled with a chuckle.

"I wanted to make you laugh! Did it make you laugh?" asked Fallon.

"It did make me laugh," Renner said. "I wasn't sure if he was serious."

The Tonight Show Host asked Renner if it was hard to talk the accident. "I think it's pretty cathartic," he said.

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Renner told Fallon that especially at first, what happened to him "became much more other 's story as it was mine."

"It happened to my parents, happened to my poor daughter. It happened to my poor nephew. He was there," Renner continued. "So, the incident affects everybody, right?"

"But you were helping your nephew," Fallon chimed in.

Renner was riding a Sno-Cat, which he was used to operating. "They use it in ski resorts... to plow runs and things like that. It's just one of those error moments and, you know, terrible conditions. I was pulling a lot of things that got stuck in the snow," Renner explained. "We had like 12 feet of snow in like three days or something. So we were trapped in the house. We had no electricity for like three or four days, and it was like 25 of us."

"We were having fun, don't get me wrong. But we had a break in the weather, and so I wanted to get outside and have fun. And to do that, I had to clear the road," he continued.

"In doing so, pulling the truck out of the long driveway, got caught up... the machine got out of my hands. And it was running into my nephew and gonna crush him between the truck and the thing," Renner recounted. "So I jumped back on it — or tried to — and got caught up in the tracks... and it broke 38 bones. It was brutal, dude."

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Renner revealed that his left leg is metal, along with half of his face and the right side of his back.

The actor's description got a tad gory, because that's how it played out. "There was 14 breaks in the ribs and... you see your eye with your other eye, because my eyeball was out," he share. "So you just have weird things go through your head, right? It's like, 'Well, I guess that's real, but, like, I'll worry that later.' And I looked at my legs. They were all twisted up. 'I'll worry that later,' because I got to worry breathing first."

When Fallon asked The Hurt Locker star if he panicked, Renner said, "No. You can't. You die then."

Renner said Avengers cast were among his many visitors soon afterward.

"Anthony Mackie was actually one of the first I saw when I woke up," he said. "It's like a living wake kind of thing. Everyone's coming to say their goodbyes. But at least Mackie was there. He was really worried! He was in Las Vegas, so he was able to get to Reno pretty quickly."

While he was grateful for all of the support, "to receive that much love is also, I think, a very difficult thing for anybody to do," he admitted. "I was terrible at it."

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"There's wonderful lessons in that, right? I can go on and on what happened, the 45 minutes being on the ice," Renner told Fallon, saying there are "great gifts" in being tested to your limits.


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