Jimmy Kimmel calls Jeremy Renner ‘toughest Avenger’
Jeremy Renner makes his first late-night appearance since his near-fatal ice skating accident in January.
Rayner, 52, was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night to promote her upcoming Disney+ series “Renervations” as well as discuss the incident that landed her in the hospital.
The actor was in good spirits as he walked on set with a cane and did a little dance as he sat down for an interview.
Kimmel, 55, introduced his guest as “indestructible” and an “Avenger” who defeated Thanos, Loki and a 14,000-pound snow plow.
The late-night host jokingly asked if it was a publicity stunt, to which Reiner joked: “Absolutely.”
“Now if there was any question as to who was the toughest avenger, it’s settled now,” Kimmel said. “Forgetting [Robert] Downey [Jr.]to forget [Chris] Hemsworth, forget these guys, it’s you, you’re the one.
“Yeah, I guess,” Rainer replied politely.
“I think I speak for all of us when I say, thank God, look at you, you look great. We’re glad to see you here,” Kimmel concluded before discussing Reiner’s accident.
Rainer was seriously injured in a snowplow incident on New Year’s Day and suffered “extensive” injuries, more than 30 broken bones, after “experiencing a weather-related accident while plowing snow” in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He was admitted to the hospital.
“I have been lucky in many ways. I’m happy to be here,” he told Kimmel.
The “Hawkeye” actor explained how he was lucky the snow plow didn’t hit his spine or any limbs, and Kimmel said he suffered a collapsed lung.
“Yeah that’s right, I’ve got one more,” Rainer snapped.
The “Avengers” star gave a shout out to his mom and family – who were in the audience – and explained how he immediately started thinking about his family’s perspective on the crash while on the ground.
He revealed that he was kicked out of the first ICU he was in, which was under construction, so he described it as a “court closet” and said it was like a “haunted house”.
“I’m going back to this hospital this week and apologize to every single nurse,” Reiner said with a laugh.
Reiner also shared a video that Paul Rudd sent him while he was in the hospital – in the form of a fake cameo video.
Rudd, 54, made a fake cameo as Reiner paid him and acted like he was a random fan, calling him “Jerry” and joking that maybe one day the two might meet.
The late night appearance comes soon after Rainer First on-screen interview after the event where he spoke with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.
The actor told Sawyer, 77, that he refuses to be “haunted” by the memory of the accident.
“I changed the narrative of it being a victim or making a mistake or something,” Renner said in the hourlong special. “I refuse to be a king haunted by that memory in this way.”
He also revealed in the interview that he was writing “last words” to his family in the hospital.