Actor Jeremy Renner, known for his roles in Marvel movies and The Hurt Locker, has broken eight ribs in 14 places in a snow plow accident. Renner shares the details of the incident and his recovery in his first TV interview since the accident with Diane Sawyer.
During the interview, he will discuss the critical hours that followed his being pulled under a 14,000-pound snowplow, including his time in the hospital in critical but stable conditions. He underwent treatment and surgery to address his orthopedic injuries — including 30 broken bones — and blunt chest trauma.
The special, titled Jeremy Renner: The Diane Sawyer Interview – A Story of Terror, Survival, and Triumph, will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at his ongoing recovery. I will reveal Renner sharing bits of over the last few months through his social media. It will air on April 6 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC and stream on Hulu the next day.
The snowplow accident that shook fans
Renner’s snowplow accident occurred on New Year’s Day when he was trying to prevent his nephew from getting hit. After clearing snowfall from his Mt. Rose Highway-area property with his personal PistenBully following a severe weather event in Nevada, the Sno-Cat began to slide after its emergency break was not properly applied.
To prevent his nephew nearby from being injured, Renner “attempted to step up on the track to divert the PistenBully or get it stopped,” according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department.
The two-minute trailer for the upcoming interview reveals that Renner was “awake for every moment” of the accident. He remembers the pain of being run over by the snowplow.
The interview will also feature interviews with Renner’s family members. It will include the nephew he saved and the first responders who treated him amid challenging rescue conditions.
The special will include 911 recordings, which feature those at the scene with Renner frantically trying to get him help as the actor can be heard moaning in pain in the background.
Renner updates fans on his health progress
Renner is recovering from his injuries and has been sharing updates on his social media accounts. In a recent video clip posted on Twitter, Renner is seen walking slowly on an anti-gravity machine as he talks to a person about his workout. The actor has been providing updates as he heals from injuries he suffered in the accident. He celebrated the police returning his PistenBully snowplow on his Instagram story last week.
Despite his injuries, Renner has continued to work on his projects. He is expected to walk the carpet for the L.A. premiere of his new Disney+ docuseries Renovations. It is a four-episode endeavor that sees him reimagine purpose-built vehicles, turning a delivery truck into a mobile water treatment facility and a tour bus into a mobile music studio.
It’s the second project of Renner’s to release since his accident. The first is the second season of his Paramount+ series The Mayor of Kingstown. According to series co-creator Hugh Dillon, the accident did not delay the production of his Disney+ series or his Paramount+ series.
Renner’s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer is expected to be emotional as he discusses the accident’s impact on his family and his prospects of returning to stunt work. The interview will provide an inside look into Renner’s ongoing recovery and how he overcame his challenges.