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Jeremy Renner, Hawkeye

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The Hurt Locker (2009)
Employing levels of on-screen sangfroid not seen since The Terminator, Renner's bomb disposal man, Sergeant First Class William James, earns his "wild man" tag the hard way: by remaining cool in the face of enormous explosive devices. He was Oscar nominated for a role that elevated him from that-guy-from-that-thing status to star billing.

The Town (2010)
Another Oscar nod, another icy turn with hints of Steve McQueen cool about it. This Boston-set heist thriller – Heat goes east – sees him gel comfortably with Ben Affleck, in a performance full of coiled menace, muted rage and high-stakes shellsuits.

The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
This is a dialled-back depiction of oft-curmudgeonly, occasionally moral gang member Wood Hite. In Jesse James's gang, Hite is the one who hangs around at the edges looking ready for action. So he's Hawkeye, basically. Wonder if that helped him get that role?

Dahmer (2002)
It's disconcerting stuff from Renner as serial-killing nutjob Jeffrey Dahmer in this 2002 biopic. This certainly made an impression on Kathryn Bigelow, who cast him in The Hurt Locker on the strength of his ultra-creepy depiction of the Milwaukee Cannibal.

Kill The Messenger (2014)
No actor has more franchises on the go than Renner (Bourne! The Avengers! Mission: Impossible! The terrible one with all the witches!), so this thriller, produced by and starring the Californian, offers a welcome change of scale. He plays a journalist investigating the CIA's involvement in the LA drugs trade.

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1 He's not an avenger but he should be.
You should've listened to Chris Hemsworth and put Tom Hiddleston on this list. More

Posted by leilihawk on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 15:51

2 SLJ = Moss?
Whenever I see a picture of SLJ from Unbreakable, I can't help but think of Moss from The I.T. Crowd More

Posted by dctuck on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:55

3 JUNGLE FEVER
how can anybody let alone a movie magazine forget to mention his scary as hell performance as a crackhead for spike lee More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:25

4 P U N C T U R E
chris evans stole scenes in THE ICEMAN and was oscar worthy imo in PUNCTURE More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday October 8, 2013, 03:11

5 Ruffallo should have got an Oscar for Zodiac
My fave film of the last few years and he is the standout. Criminally ignored by the Academy. Would agree that Scar-Jo is the weak point of The Prestige though I generally like her. More

Posted by spideed2 on Monday October 7, 2013, 13:05

6 RE: A Few Alternatives?
Oh QuietLife , you are hilarious! My goodness. Just picked myself up off the floor. Time to refund my Eddie Izzard tickets and scour the Empire forum for your posts instead. On a serious note, I'd take Sherlock Holmes over Weird Science any day of the week. I wonder if you were even alive when that was out?! More

Posted by Hillsman on Sunday September 29, 2013, 16:39

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Renner did some pretty great roles! Loved Dahmer! He did a small part in James Gray's The Immigrant this year. Looking forward to seeing him in American Hustle (what a great cast!) I think he's going to be phenomenal in Kill the Messenger (acc. to some interviews I've read...) More

Posted by Liam2013 on Friday September 27, 2013, 16:47

8 Scarlett Johansson's pink underwear...
I remember Empire printed my question to Sofia Coppola years ago when I asked about the opening shot of Lost In Translation; thanks for that!! Anyway; love Johansson but I thought she was a massive weak point in The Prestige opposite Batman, Wolverine and Alfred. Just saying! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:14

9 Hemsworth
Without IMDB, I can't name more than 4 films for Thor. More

Posted by NateDrake007 on Thursday September 26, 2013, 11:10

10 Nice List
Evans in Sunshine was one of my favourite performances from him, he worked well as the voice of reason when others were suggesting radical plans that would jepordize the mission. Samuel L Jackson has too many films to list here, he is just great! I enjoyed Renner in 28 Weeks Later and Ruffalo in Shutter Island. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran on Thursday September 26, 2013, 10:05

11 Samuel L. Jackson
More importantly, this list is missing Snakes on a Plane! More

Posted by Killjoy_Gee on Thursday September 26, 2013, 07:21

12 Samuel L. Jurassic Park
Should be on this list. More

Posted by d0m_l on Thursday September 26, 2013, 00:15

13 Chris Evans has a few better movies than cellular
Im sure Evans would of prefered 1000 times if you put Puncture instead of Cellular, also The Iceman, and Snowpiercer More

Posted by exile31094 on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 18:12

14 RE: A Few Alternatives?
I think it says "Finest Career Moments" not "Average Career Moments"! More

Posted by QuietLife on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 15:11

15 A Few Alternatives?
RDJ - Sherlock Holmes FFS!! Evans - Push Renner - Bourne Jackson - The Negotiator More

Posted by Hillsman on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:35

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changing lanes over Pulp Fiction?!?!? are you on crack??? More

Posted by themanfromunkle on Wednesday September 25, 2013, 13:10

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