“The last 11 years have been great but prior to Dahmer I had to do whatever it took to get by. I couldn’t afford any power so I lived by candlelight in an apartment where the water didn’t work. There was a place nearby called ‘Yum Yum Donuts’ where you could get 14 doughnuts for 99 cents, so I would spread those out over the week and sometimes mix it up by getting two cheeseburgers for a dollar and making them last. I was getting by eating on $10 a month back then. But I do remember sitting in my little shit box of an apartment with all these candles, entertaining myself and my dog by playing the guitar and thinking ‘You know what? This is quite beautiful’.”
"The star thing, the celebrity thing, is new to me. I don’t want to be a good celebrity, a good fucking star. I want to be a good human being."
Paul Bettany and Jeremy Renner at SDCC (07/26/2014)
I was always a singer, but I was always focused on being an actor as my trade. Music, I do just for me. The movie business is very difficult but the music business is just impossible. So I’ll play in bands and record and play songs with other people, but for me it’s a form of expression that all I need is me. I don’t need cameras or agents, I can just have a piano and sing and feel totally verified … I’m actually looking to do a project where I could really try to explore that a little bit more in cinema, a rock star or something. I’d really, really love to do that.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your upcoming movie The Avengers: Age Of Ultron? (x)
I will forever love that Jeremy Renner was disappointed he didn’t get to be Clint the goofy asshole and face-palm causer in the first Avengers. I can’t fucking wait to see what he does in Ultron.
[about 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. I’d rather just not be popular."
Jeremy’s message from the set of the Avengers: AoU | South Korea