American Hustle softened my heart and opened it for Jeremy Renner.
By the time he broke surface to arrive on the scene in, Hollywood, I had long since abandoned any a ignorant chip on my shoulder I once may have had to harbor even the slightest critical judgement of the working actor. At least not with regard to craftsmanship.
Just the same, I was hearing a great deal of hoolaboo of how miraculous this guy was, and such puff n stuff on how mesmerizing his head turning performance in the Hurt Locker supposedly proved to be, and I just was not quick to buy into it all. I had seen some excerpts of his work before and simply thought it was nothing of such winning praise. And I did not feel by any means that he was awful. Basically, I had an overall bland general feeling of the little I had seen of him.
It did not help that several years prior I had seen him in a silly reality television show where he literally played himself as an actor auditioning to land a small beans role in some miniscule indy project. My impression then was that he was a bit cocky. Seemed a little full of himself. But I thought not much of it beyond some initial impression filled moments . Probably ate a sandwich and took a nap after, totally forgetting about any of it. Who knows..
Anyway, long winds of mine aside, his performance in American Hustle endeared the hell outta me. I thought he was superb. Clearly a talented man blossoming in his work. I went on to go out of my way to rent Hurt Locker and thought he was great there as well. Much respect.