Chris Hemsworth Reveals How Jeremy Renner's Near-Fatal Accident Changed His Life

After his Avengers co-star was crushed by a snow plow, Chris had a life-changing realisation.
Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner at the premiere of Thor: The Dark World
Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner at the premiere of Thor: The Dark World
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Chris Hemsworth says his views on mortality are finally “sinking in”.

In a new interview with British GQ, the Thor star spoke about how the life-threatening snow plow accident involving his Avengers co-star and pal Jeremy Renner made him realise that “any of us can go at any moment”.

“I don’t think I wanna turn 40,” the 39-year-old, who will reach the milestone in August, admitted. “I still feel like I’m 25 and I’ve got heaps of time. Now I’m like, ‘Oh, I could be halfway. More than halfway’.”

He continued: “It is a lot of time. If I get there! The reality of ‘I’m not going to be here forever’ is sinking in.”

Jeremy, who plays the skilled marksman Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, suffered more than 30 broken bones and underwent multiple surgeries after he was crushed by a snow plow on New Year’s Day.

Speaking to GQ, Chris recounted the first time he learned the 52-year-old was in critical condition.

“We were all on our Avengers text chain, we were all chatting. And it was wild. None of us really knew how serious it was,” he said of the star’s accident. “I think anything like that, it’s an immediate realisation of, ‘Wow, any of us can go at any minute…’”

He added: “We’re getting to the age now where we’re going to start losing people we love.”

In November, while filming his Disney+ series Limitless the Australian star announced he was taking a break from acting after discovering he’s genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease.

Chris told Vanity Fair that the information “really triggered something in me to want to take some time off.”

The Extraction actor, who shares three children ― India, 11, and twins Tristan and Sasha, 9 ― with wife Elsa Pataky, said he wanted to spend more time with his family and “have a good chunk of time off and just simplify.”


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