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“Hawkeye” actor Jeremy Renner revealed in a recent interview that he had written out what he believed might be his last words following a near-fatal accident with his snowplow.
Renner, who was nearly crushed when his snow-cat ran over him on New Year’s Day, explained just how bad things were in an interview with veteran television journalist Diane Sawyer.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 5, 2023
“If I was there on my own, that would have been a horrible way to die. And surely I would have. Surely,” Renner explained, choking up a bit as he added, “But I wasn’t alone. It was my nephew. Sweet Alex. And the rest of the cavalry came.”
The actor was airlifted out and taken to the hospital, but after breaking 30 bones, he still wasn’t certain whether he would come out the other side. “So I’m writing down notes in my phone … last words to my family,” he said, apologizing to Sawyer as he struggled to keep his emotions in check.
Sawyer’s interview also includes footage of Renner being airlifted from the scene of the accident and audio from the 911 call that brought first responders out to save him.
“Someone’s been run over by a snowcat, hurry,” a man’s voice told the operator, who then asked him to describe what had happened.
“I don’t know, someone’s in front of my house on the ground and got run over with a snowcat. He’s been crushed,” the man continued. “Send paramedics, ambulance … Listen to me – I need … you might want to get life flight out here immediately.”
Since the accident, Renner has documented parts of his recovery on social media, tweeting video of himself walking on an anti-gravity treadmill as he retrained his legs to support his full weight.
— Jeremy Renner (@JeremyRenner) March 26, 2023
Despite the trauma and the long recovery, Renner also said in the interview that if given the chance, he’d “do it again” — the actor had initially stepped into the path of the snow-cat to save his nephew.