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Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory
Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory

In 1992, Jeremy Renner came to Los Angeles as an aspiring actor with three specific goals in mind. (1) He wanted to be in a movie. (2) He wanted to have a significant enough role that he wouldn't have to explain that he was, say, that guy wearing the red shirt in the party scene. (3) He wanted to appear in a film big enough that it would play in his hometown of Modesto. Renner figured it would probably take him a decade or so to meet those goals. As it happened, he achieved them on his first job — as an underachieving teen in the 1995 high-school comedy "National Lampoon's Senior Trip." But if he thought success would unfold in a predictable fashion from...

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