Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner told Marvel to recast him if their scheduling didn’t give him enough time with his daughter. Renner has been portraying Clint Barton (a.k.a Hawkeye) in the MCU since 2012 when he made his official debut in The Avengers. He has maintained the role for almost a decade and will be reprising his role once more in the upcoming Disney+ miniseries Hawkeye. The series will follow Hawkeye and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) as they team up to confront enemies from Hawkeye’s Ronin past.

In addition to his MCU career, Renner currently stars as Mike McLusky in the crime thriller series Mayor of Kingstown, for which he also serves as a producer. He is also known for his roles in Tag, The Hurt Locker, American Hustle, and The Town. Outside of his career, he is a doting father to his 8-year old daughter, Ava Berlin Renner. The two share an adorable relationship with Renner even surprising his daughter as Hawkeye at her elementary school.


In an interview with Men’s Health, Renner revealed there came a time when he thought Marvel might recast Hawkeye because of how much time he wanted to spend with his daughter. After his Marvel debut, his demanding schedule required him to constantly fly back and forth just to be able to see his daughter. This led to him putting his foot down and refusing to let them interfere with his daughter time. When insiders told him Marvel might fire him, he told them they could go ahead and recast him because he is going to be with his daughter as long as she wants to spend time with him. Check out his statement below:

“It taught me how to have the nuts to say, ‘Everyone, fuck off. It’s my time with my daughter’… I said, ‘Fine, recast me. I’m going to be here with my daughter.’ It was pretty gnarly. Acting and everything else goes out the window, until my daughter says, ‘I want to hang out with my friends, and I don’t want to be around you so much, Daddy.'”

Renner’s story illustrates how priorities change when one welcomes a child. While he does boast an illustrious career in an industry notorious for long hours and frequent travel, he still manages to keep his daughter first in his life. While the actor has done back-to-back series with Hawkeye and Mayor of Kingstown this year, he was able to do so only because his daughter was able to come with him to the filming locations. Meanwhile, since he still holds his role as Hawkeye, it is likely that Marvel conceded with his scheduling needs. Prioritizing his daughter might require some negotiations and gnarly situations, but in the end, Renner gets to share an amazing relationship with her during her most vital years.

Renner’s story of putting his foot down when it comes to spending time with his daughter is a heartwarming story, but also illustrates a common problem of work-life balance in Hollywood. Many alarming stories have arisen from actors and actresses detailing the stress of the industry. Fellow MCU star Tom Holland revealed having only a three day break between filming Uncharted and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Others detail stories of crash dieting, intense workout routines, lack of breaks, and lost time with family. Those who wish for time with their children usually tend to find a way to achieve it, but it is concerning that such a decision could result in a loss or hit to their career. Hawkeye star Renner’s story is a touching one of his love for his daughter, but also a reminder of the necessity for reform in the area of work-life balance in Hollywood.

Source: Men’s Health

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