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Marvel's Jeremy Renner says Robert Downey Jr played a big role in his accident recovery

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Marvel star Jeremy Renner has revealed that Robert Downey Jr aided him in his recovery from his accident.

Renner, who plays Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was hospitalised in January 2023 following an incident with a snowplough, with the star requiring surgery after suffering 30 broken bones.

The actor has spoken candidly about his recovery in the ensuing months, and has now revealed that Downey Jr, his Marvel co-star who played Iron Man, regularly checked in with him during the aftermath of the accident.

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"We ended up having really great chats on FaceTime, like we were dating or something," Renner recalled to PEOPLE. "He's like, 'Dude, the most important thing is you look good. I don't care how you feel, as long as you look good that's all that matters.'

"He's like, 'You've got to get back to do Mayor of Kingstown, because we need to see what happens.' His ways are very heartwarming," added Renner.

Renner recently returned to work following the accident, and offered an update on his character from the MCU, revealing that he is always willing to dip his toe back into the superhero genre.

"I'm always game," he said. "I'm going to be strong enough, that's for sure. I'll be ready. All those guys come to my bedside and they've been with me all along through this recovery, so… if they want me, they could have me. It would be something."

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The star also used his accident as inspiration for a new venture, with the actor turning to music to detail his experiences, explaining: "A collection of music we wrote about different milestones in my journey of recovery since Jan 1st this year.

"'Love and Titanium' has been painful, deeply healing, and ultimately cathartic for me to create. I hope I get the courage to share with you all."

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