Jeremy Renner Talks Real Estate, Dating & Celebrity Culture With Details [PHOTOS]

Actor Jeremy Renner covers the latest issue of Details magazine. After struggling as an actor, Renner got his big break in 2008’s The Hurt Locker. Now the two-time Academy Award nominee is getting some action—and a place on Hollywood’s A-list with mega-budget movies like The Avengers and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol. Details spoke with the unlikely action star, and here is what he had to say.

On how the hands-on physicality of rebuilding houses compares to filmmaking: “Building a house is like producing a movie. There’s no right way to do it, but a lot of wrong ways. You have to be flexible and creative. You have to move fast, be prepared—or it quickly becomes costly. These sound like life lessons. It certainly affected how I approach my life.”

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On fixing up old houses while he waited for roles that mattered to him earlier in his career: “I wasn’t super-happy being so poor. Eating on $10 a month—probably not very good for you. But I loved what I was doing. Not every actor gives their life to do this job. Some just do it as a job. Well, it’s my life.”

On dating: “I never dated, because I couldn’t afford to date. I didn’t even have electricity. You try to put a positive spin on it, like, ‘Hey, this is so sexy—look at all these candles!’ But I loved what I was doing. The sacrifices I made in personal relationships had the biggest effect on my life. Even now, any woman would take a No. 2 seat to my job.”

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On unwanted attention and celebrity culture: “I don’t pay attention to that horseshit. Build ‘em up to bring ‘em down? I’m not going on that train, my son. I’m not going on that train. I’ll walk. I’ll take a bike. [Renner laughs.] I’d rather just not be popular.”

We included some photos of Jeremy Renner in the gallery on the film set of The Avengers, shooting on location in New York City, on September 3, 2011.

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