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Jeremy Renner saves M:I character’s life by turning down Fallout cameo

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Aug 2, 2018, 9:42 AM EDT

You’d think to be one of the stars of not one, but two of the most successful movie franchises in history would be easy. Well, tell that to Jeremy Renner. Not only did we miss him as Hawkeye in Avengers: Infinity War, but he was also absent from Mission: Impossible – Fallout. While we know his absence from Avengers was part of the story, missing out on joining the rest of the IMF team was Renner’s decision, and it’s one that saved the life of his character William Brandt.

Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie talked with Empire about the possible cameo for Renner, should his Avengers schedule have allowed it. He originally wanted the movie to have one of the team members killed during the plutonium exchange at the beginning of the film. At first, it was to be Luther, Ving Rhames’ character, but McQuarrie decided to ask Renner instead “So I said to Renner, ‘Hey listen, I have this idea for an opening sequence where you sacrifice yourself to save the team, and that the mission-gone-wrong not only involves losing the plutonium but involves the death of a team member,’” said McQuarrie. “And Jeremy was like, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’ He was smart not to take the short paycheck for three days of work and getting blown up.”

It also saves him from possibly losing two franchises in two years. With next year’s Avengers film supposedly the definitive end to the current MCU storyline, who knows where that would leave Hawkeye? At least now he can return as Brandt for the next Mission: Impossible because the more IMF members watching Tom Cruise running, the better.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in theaters now.