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Jeremy Renner takes on the CIA as smeared journalist Gary Webb in Kill The Messenger

Feb. 1, 2013by:
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When an actor is a hot commodity or new to the scene we usually get an overabundance of films staring said actor. Because clearly if we paid money to see an actor in one movie, we'll go to another dozen movies next year that all have that actor as the lead, right? I call it "The Colin Farrell Syndrome," which is also the name of my progressive rock band (just kidding.) It's where an actor has shown great potential, either in his performance or in box office receipts, but because of studios trying to emulate that success there ends up being an over-saturation of films with the same actor. And that's when we start saying, "God, another movie with 'so-and-so'? I'm so sick of him, he makes me physically ill. Give me your copy of AMERICAN OUTLAWS so I have something to puke on."

Jeremy Renner has drifted into that territory after THE AVENGERS (probably a little before that with THE TOWN, but THE AVENGERS sealed the deal) with him being linked or rumored to what seems like every role that calls for a white 30-40 year old male.

Deadline has news that he has signed on for the thriller KILL THE MESSENGER. Based on "the true story of Gary Webb, a San Jose Mercury News reporter who committed suicide after being the target of a smear campaign when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California," the film will be directed by Michael Cuesta, who is the executive director of Homeland. He also directed several episodes of the hit television show.

The script is said to be based on two books: Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and The Crack Cocaine Explosion by Webb and Nick Schou's Kill The Messenger: How The CIA'S-Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb.

I haven't read too much on Gary Webb, but from what I can gather it's a pretty tragic tale. It would really suck to have your livelihood and passion be taken away from you because others don't like the truth or didn't want to believe it. It'd be like if I had proof that Salma Hayek was actually a man, but JoBlo didn't want to run the story because it would shatter the hearts (and lower regions) of most of our audience. Obviously a crack cocaine scandal is a little more important than that, but you get the point.

If you like your CIA thrillers to be a little more grounded in reality you may want to check out the books and be on the lookout for more news on this film. 

Extra Tidbit: Although he had shown up in plenty of other movies before (NATIONAL LAMPOON'S SENIOR TRIP anyone?) the first movie really I took notice of Jeremy Renner was in 28 WEEKS LATER.
Source: Deadline

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9:57AM on 02/01/2013

Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner is one of the best actors working today and is one of my favorite actors of all time. The guy has been great in everything he has done from Hurt Locker to The Town, while also being nominated for Oscars for both roles back to back, to Mission Impossible 4 to The Avengers to The Bourne Legacy to Hansel and Gretel and so on. There is a reason why the guy is in such high demand, because he is a damn good actor who brings depth to his roles and to the movies he's in.

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Jeremy Renner is one of the best actors working today and is one of my favorite actors of all time. The guy has been great in everything he has done from Hurt Locker to The Town, while also being nominated for Oscars for both roles back to back, to Mission Impossible 4 to The Avengers to The Bourne Legacy to Hansel and Gretel and so on. There is a reason why the guy is in such high demand, because he is a damn good actor who brings depth to his roles and to the movies he's in.

I would rather get more quality movies from him, then five shitty films from Nicolas Cage every year. Renner is the real deal and his movies before made it big were great too and the show he starred in 'The Unusuals' was also great but sadly cancelled. I don't want to seem like I'm ranting but the guy has deserved all the success he has been getting and I hope he continues at this rate because he is a type of actor we need to see more of. I think the movie sounds good and he will no doubt knock it out of the park in this one and in American Bullshit.
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10:16AM on 02/01/2013
I don't think you're ranting. I agree with you on Jeremy Renner; he is a damn fine actor and deserves his recognition. I absolutely loved him in The Town. But the nature of the Hollywood beast is to whack us over the head over and over again with what sometimes feels like the same ten faces, so when a "new" (even though he's been kicking for well over a decade) actor makes people take notice, studio executives try to sign them to everything under the sun. As long as he keeps picking good roles
I don't think you're ranting. I agree with you on Jeremy Renner; he is a damn fine actor and deserves his recognition. I absolutely loved him in The Town. But the nature of the Hollywood beast is to whack us over the head over and over again with what sometimes feels like the same ten faces, so when a "new" (even though he's been kicking for well over a decade) actor makes people take notice, studio executives try to sign them to everything under the sun. As long as he keeps picking good roles and good films he should have a really good career. There's no need to hate on Nicolas Cage though, he's got bills to pay! Ha.
11:31AM on 02/01/2013
Nice article. Made me laugh a few times. I haven't grown tired of Renner just yet. This project sounds different than his past ones, so at least he's branching out and not playing an action hero again.
Nice article. Made me laugh a few times. I haven't grown tired of Renner just yet. This project sounds different than his past ones, so at least he's branching out and not playing an action hero again.
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6:34PM on 02/01/2013

If i'm not mistaken

Renner does horse tranquilizers with the bus driver in National Lampoons Senior Trip
Renner does horse tranquilizers with the bus driver in National Lampoons Senior Trip
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