The recent release of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, which I haven’t seen and don’t exactly plan to, is one of those January dump jobs. Studios traditionally release their poorly-tested projects in this period out of contractual obligation, when most people are still seeing the awards contenders in their theater runs. Poor Jeremy Renner is the latest victim of this trend.
A recent piece on Vulture demonstrated the utter lack of interest Renner has shown in promoting this movie that has been pretty much universally hailed as terrible, and who can blame him? He seems to be going through a bit of a slump, in a year’s span that saw a rather poorly received Saturday Night Live hosting gig, a disappointingly thin role in The Avengers, and now he’s the Hansel & Gretel guy.
But there was a time, in the very distant past, the annals of movie history, when Jeremy Renner was a respected actor, known for playing roles with integrity and intensity. I exaggerate: he’s being dragged through the mud right now for a couple of lame jobs, but seriously, it’s worth remembering that he’s a good movie dude. Here’s 5 things to remind us of this fact.
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