Jeremy Renner’s fellow Marvel star Evangeline Lilly is giving an update about the actor’s condition following his “intense” snowcat accident that left him hospitalized.
Lilly, who stars in the “Ant-Man” films, opened up about a recent visit she had with Renner in a Tuesday interview with Access, in which she was asked about her experiences working on the 2008 film “The Hurt Locker.”
Lilly and Renner starred together in the film, with Renner earning an Oscar nomination for best actor for his role as an army sergeant tasked with disarming bombs.
“I was just at Jeremy’s house the other night, and he was in a wheelchair,” Lilly said. “When we made that movie, he was so young, and he was full of verve, and I remember just being so impressed by him.”
She added: “You say ‘Hurt Locker,’ and I just go to Jeremy instantly and what he’s just been through and how incredibly brave and strong he is. He has recovered like a mofo.”
Last month, Renner suffered blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries in a snowcat accident in Reno, Nevada after attempting to help his nephew with a car issue, according to an incident report filed by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Following the accident, Renner was flown to a hospital, where he was placed in an intensive care unit and underwent surgery. The “Hawkeye” star revealed his release from hospital care in a tweet about the Season 2 premiere of his Paramount+ series “Mayor of Kingstown” on Jan. 16.
“I walked in his house and got chicken skin, ’cause I was like, ‘Why are you mobile? Why are you mobile? What’s happening?’ ” Lilly said, describing her shock at how much Renner has recovered since the accident. “I expected to sit at his bedside and hold his hand while he moaned and groaned in pain and wasn’t able to move. He was wheeling himself around, laughing with his friends. It’s a miracle. It’s a straight-up miracle.”
She continued: “He’s made of something really tough, that guy. You’ve always been able to see that in him, and he is recovering incredibly, and I’m so grateful.”
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Lilly also said Renner shared harrowing details with her about the “really intense” accident, including what he could hear and see.
“He had a near-death experience that was highly traumatic, and he was awake for the whole thing. It really has stuck with me,” she said. “He’s got a journey to go through now. That’s what nightmares are made out of, and he lived through it, and he’s on the other side now.”
Renner’s nephew Alexander Fries told authorities that his pickup truck had gotten stuck on the driveway multiple times, the sheriff’s report states, and he and Renner tried to free the vehicle using a PistenBully snowcat. A chain was attached to the back of the snowcat and the front of Fries’ truck.
Jeremy Renner was run over in snowplow accident while helping nephew with car trouble
Once Fries’ truck was successfully removed from the driveway and parked in the middle of the street, the chain was unhooked from the snowcat and placed in the bed of the truck. Renner then proceeded to turn the snowcat around, after which he stepped out of the vehicle to speak to Fries.
Fries then saw the snowcat traveling “directly towards him with nobody inside driving the vehicle.” Renner’s nephew quickly hopped into his truck in an attempt to remove his vehicle from the path of the snowcat, while Renner jumped on the snowcat’s tracks in order to get inside the vehicle’s cab. However, the actor got caught on the snowcat’s tracks and was run over by the vehicle, which ended up crashing into the front driver’s side of Fries’ truck.
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Contributing: Edward Segarra
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