Jeremy Renner refused to let ‘Mission: Impossible’ kill him

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Jeremy Renner’s history with the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise includes two films: 2011’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ and 2015’s ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’. During an interview on the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast ‘ the actor revealed that he was actually asked to reprise the character of IMF agent William Brandt in the 2018 sequel ‘Fallout’. However, the offer was apparently for Renner to film for a week so Brandt could be killed off. Renner refused.

‘I remember they tried to persuade me[seas] for a week so they could kill off my character, and I was like, ‘No, you can’t do that. You’re not going to drag me out there and just kill my character, ‘get out of here!’ Renner said. “If you’re going to do this and use my character, you’re going to do it right.”

“I shouted at it [director Christopher McQuarrie]”, Renner added with a laugh. “Dude, you’re not going to do this to me like that; You’re not going to hurt me.”

Renner never returned to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ franchise after ‘Rogue Nation’, although he did recently told Collider that he would be open to a return.

“I was supposed to do more with them,” Renner said of the “Mission: Impossible” cast. “I love those guys. I love Tom so much. We had so much fun and I love that character very much. It takes a lot of time away. It’s all in London. I had to become a father. Then it just wouldn’t work. Maybe that can happen now that my daughter is older. I always jumped into a ‘Mission: Impossible’ and back into Brandt. It is awesome.”

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When Renner appeared in “Rogue Nation,” rumors swirled that Paramount was eyeing him to take over Tom Cruise’s franchise. That is not true, the actor said on the podcast ‘Happy Sad Confused’.

“No, it was always Tom’s show, that would be Tom’s decision if he ever wanted to change that story,” Renner said. “And now that he’s maturing as an actor, he wants to kind of keep it going, he’s doing ‘Top Gun’ again, right? He restarts that, and let’s [lean] in the things in his life that he is now comfortable with…the man is an animal and works harder than anyone else.”

Watch Renner’s full interview on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast in the video below.

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