Guess Which Role Jeremy Renner Turned Down

Jeremy Renner. Photo by Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock (9707313v)

Jeremy Renner has recently decided to embark on a new venture by releasing a single, but he has also revealed that he chose to give up a rather interesting role.

Back in 2004, the now Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, was in the process of making Hellboy about the comic book character who is a demon that was raised on earth and fights evil.

While the role eventually went to Ron Perlman (and David Harbour in the 2019 reboot), it turns out Renner was in contention. But chose to turn it down.

“I was just reading the script and [thinking] like, ‘I don’t get this…’ I just couldn’t connect to it. I said, ‘I can’t find a way in [to this character], I don’t know what I’d be doing,’ so I had to say no,” he said on the Life is Short podcast. “There’s zero regrets, zero. Most of the time it’s like, ‘Oh, I’m glad I didn’t do it,’ and it made sense to me. Not just Hellboy or whatever it was, and I’m not saying that it’s a good or bad movie, it’s not about that… I just wouldn’t have fit there.”

As we now know, Renner went on to play a different comic book character — Marvel’s Hawkeye.

Seems like hell hath no fury…