Jeremy Renner has given his first interview since he was run over by a 14,000-pound snowplow trying to save his nephew.
In the interview with Diane Sawyer, to be broadcast April 6, Renner says he remembers every moment of the accident, and was determined to survive.
“I chose to survive,” he tells Sawyer, as recounted by The Hollywood Reporter. “You’re not going to kill me. No way.”
Renner, a star of Marvel action movies, was seriously injured Jan. 1 when he was run over by a Sno-Cat that malfunctioned, CNN reported. Renner was using the plow following a snowstorm after he exited the vehicle without setting an emergency break.
The vehicle, moving without a driver, was headed for Renner’s nephew. In the interview with Sawyer, he said he tried to stop the snowplow by stepping on the tracks only to be pinned underneath.
He said he was “awake for every moment.”
“I’d do it again. … It was going right at my nephew,” Renner says in a trailer for the interview, to be broadcast as “Jeremy Renner: The Diane Sawyer Interview — A Story of Terror, Survival and Triumph” on ABC. It will stream the next day on Hulu.
As part of the broadcast, viewers will see and hear interviews with family members — including the nephew Renner saved — and emergency personnel who treated him amid challenging rescue conditions. Those at the scene with Renner can be heard on 911 calls frantically trying to get him help.
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