Oscar-Nominated Actor Jeremy Renner Plays ‘Brandt’ in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’

The TomCruise.com team is eager to introduce you to the new cast members of ‘Ghost Protocol’, as well as reacquaint you with returning ones! We continue our cast bios series with a profile of the Oscar-nominated actor, Jeremy Renner.

Jeremy Renner joins Tom Cruise for the fourth installment of the ‘Mission: Impossible’ series, ‘Ghost Protocol.’ Tom reprises his role as ‘Ethan Hunt’ and is joined by an all-star cast, including returning ‘M:I’ cast mates, such as Simon Pegg (as ‘Benji Dunn’) as well as series newcomers, Paula Patton, Josh Holloway and Tom Wilkinson.

The action-packed trailer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ reveals that the entire IMF has been disavowed because the President believes the team is responsible for bombing the Kremlin. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) has been ordered to return to Washington, D.C. with his team but he is presented the opportunity to stage an escape with his team so they can go rogue to try to clear the organization’s name. However, Hunt is warned that if anyone in the team is caught, “they will be branded terrorists, out to incite global nuclear war.”

Wow! We’re not the only ones revved up to see the super spy flick, ‘Ghost Protocol’ was named one of 2011′s Most Intriguing Movies by ‘Wired Magazine!’

“Who are you really, Brandt?”

“We all have our secrets, don’t we Ethan?”

–Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in the ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ Trailer

And with that short exchange, the motives of Jeremy Renner’s character, ‘Brandt,’ are called into question in the fourth installment of the series, ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.’

Playing intense characters with murky morals is nothing new for Jeremy and he brings that intensity when he prepares for a role. For example, prior to his Oscar nominated role as ‘Sergeant First Class William James’ in ‘The Hurt Locker,’ Jeremy spent a week training in the Mojave Desert at the U.S. Army training center, Fort Irwin. He then spent three months in the Jordanian desert filming the movie, while temperatures averaged 120 degrees Fahrenheit and he suffered from food poisoning!

Jeremy’s intense dedication to realism has been part of his career since he snagged his very first paid acting job while still in college. In a March 2010 interview with ‘The Sunday Times,’ the future Oscar nominee revealed that he was paid $50 and instructed to “act unruly” for his part of a Modesto, CA police academy training exercise. Jeremy took his role very seriously and to the surprise of a new cadet, Jeremy “threw him to the ground, spit on him, and kicked him in the balls.” Yikes!

While there is little doubt Renner’s performance left a lasting impression on that police cadet, there are other roles that have left a lasting impression on Jeremy, such as playing Jeffrey Dahmer in the 2002 film, “Dahmer.’ Even years later Renner told ‘The Sunday Times” that he was still affected by the actions of the late serial killer. During the same March 2010 “Sunday Times” interview with the British publication, Renner revealed, “It really messed with me for a couple of years, that role. I couldn’t go into bars alone. I still really can’t. It makes me think about how easy it is to put something in someone’s drink and then have your way with them.”

Although he has found success portraying gritty characters, Jeremy Lee Renner grew up in the agricultural town of Modesto, California.

After graduating from Beyer High School and attending Modesto Junior College, Jeremy moved to Los Angeles in 1993, at the age of 22. For the next 15 years, Renner appeared in numerous films, such as ‘28 Weeks Later,’ as well as guest starred on several television series, including ‘House, M.D.’ and ‘CSI.’

Cast as the lead in the short-lived ABC series, ‘The Unusuals,’ Jeremy played Detective Jason Walsh, a NYC cop with questionable morals. Although the quirky detective series featured a strong cast, including Amber Tamblyn and Adam Goldberg, it was cancelled after just one season. What could have been a career setback turned into a golden opportunity for Jeremy. It was during this time that a low-budget Iraq war movie he had filmed back in 2008 was finally released and it was generating quite a bit of Oscar buzz. That movie was ‘The Hurt Locker’ and it launched Jeremy Renner’s career into the stratosphere!

Jeremy was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as ‘Sergeant First Class William James’ in ‘The Hurt Locker’ and although he lost to Jeff Bridges, the film went on to win six Academy Awards, including the Best Director Award for Kathryn Bigelow and Best Picture of the Year.

It was while he was in Vancouver filming ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ that Renner received word that he was nominated for an Academy Award for the second year in a row! With a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nod for his performance as malevolent bank robber, ‘James Coughlin,’ in Ben Affleck’s ‘The Town,’ Jeremy joined his ‘M:I’ co-stars, Tom Cruise and Tom Wilkinson, as a multiple Oscar nominees.

In addition to Jeremy’s role in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ the in-demand actor has several films in the works, playing  ‘Hawkeye’ in ‘The Avengers’ and Hansel’ in ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters’ (a grown-up adaption of the Grimm fairytale). Jeremy also provides the voice of the animated character, ‘Gutt’ in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and is attached to ‘The Bourne Legacy.’

Despite his busy schedule, Jeremy was enthusiastic about filming ‘Ghost Protocol,’ taking time out on the red carpet at the 2011 Academy Awards to talk to ‘Access Hollywood’ about his “awesome” experience working with Tom.

We can hardly wait to find out if ‘Brandt’ betrays ‘Ethan Hunt’ or if he really is a good guy. What do you think? We would love to hear from you on Twitter, Facebook, Orkut or Weibo.

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