Actor Jeremy Renner is a deeply sensitive soul who still has a reputation for being somewhat insensitive towards women. This common affliction among rich, famous white guys usually goes tragically ignored, but since Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence wrote that viral essay about how she's been consistently paid less than her male co-stars, dudes are being put in the hot seat. Bradley Cooper stepped up to the plate, saying he'll be transparent about his salary to aid female co-stars in their negotiations. And Jeremy Renner? Nah.
According to the leaked emails from the big Sony hack, Renner was paid more to appear in American Hustle than his two co-stars, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. After Bradley announced his plan, Business Insider decided to ask Renner if he'd be willing to help his female compatriots with negotiating in any way:
"That's not my job," Renner said, while taking part in an intimate press day on Tuesday for the new "One Life/Live Them" campaign he's doing for Rémy Martin Cognac.
"I don't know contracts and money and all that sort of stuff," Renner went on to say.
Adding he fully supports actresses receiving equal pay as actors, he said he's more focused on his craft than what everyone is making.
"I'm a performer and I know human behavior. When it comes to that sort of stuff I let other people deal with that," said the two-time Oscar nominee. "I do what I'm good at, that's what I focus on."
To be fair to Jeremy Renner, actors generally don't handle negotiations. That is what managers are for. Though it is perhaps disingenuous to imply you have no idea what salary said managers negotiated for you on any given project. Do actors not get balances on their ATM receipts? It would be more honest if he said, "The Avengers is my biggest franchise and I barely have any female co-stars anyway!"