Jeremy Renner has been hitting all the milestones lately – after hitting 40, he’s starred in three huge blockbusters [Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Bourne Legacy, and the Avengers], been nominated for an Oscar twice, and now hosted SNL.
He talks about the pressure of hosting SNL and how he’d wanted to do it for a while in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying, “I remember Jon Hamm [who starred opposite Renner in The Town] mentioned it to me after he did it. He said it’s something that I might really, really like doing, and that was some years ago. I finally had the moment where they wanted me [and my schedule worked], and I was really, really happy about it, I suppose. It’s terrifying, I guess."
He adds, "It’s a great honor. It’s just one of those things where for me, as an actor, I feel like I’ve hit really interesting milestones in life, from just working and doing a movie that people see, to then getting nominated for an Academy Award. And then you do the cover of a magazine, and that’s always kind of an interesting, weird thing. And then you host SNL, and it’s a whole ‘nother interesting plateau. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m glad to be a part of it.”
He also talks about the advice he received from previous hosts, saying, “I talked to Jon Hamm about it. He didn’t really go into too much advice. He was just saying, like, “Dude, you gotta do it. Just go have fun and be a jackass. You’ll be great.” I’m like, “Okay, that sounds great.” And then I worked with Adam McKay [a producer on Renner's next film, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, due Jan. 25], who was a writer during the Will Ferrell years. We talked, and he gave me a little bit more advice. And then when I got here, everybody’s been so generous with their time, and thoughts, and feelings, just saying like, ‘Don’t worry about it. This is what’s gonna happen…’ The whole cast has been really wonderful.”