Is Jeremy Renner Deaf in Real Life?

Renner appeared as Hawkeye/Clint Barton in the movie Thor in 2011, The Avengers in 2012, Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Avengers: Endgame in 2019, and Black Widow in 2021. He also appeared in Disney+ show Hawkeye in 2021.

The fact that his character Hawkeye has a hearing problem has made many questions about whether he is deaf in real life.

Clint Barton has gone through hard times, and the series Hawkeye concentrates on his resilience in a way not depicted in other movies he has appeared in. The series looks at his hearing loss, and it seems like it also affects him in real life.

Jeremy Renner Hearing Aids

No, Jeremy is not deaf in real life, Clint Barton is.

During a press conference for the series, Renner discussed Barton’s condition.

It is a significant part of his storyline though it is the first time the character will experience it in the movie.

The actor is hard of hearing and discussed how important it was to play a role that includes the same struggle he experiences.

He said, “I thought it was just a really wonderful thing, cause it is, it’s always been a part of Clint’s character in the comics, and we found a way to make it a truthful entry point for his life and how it affects his life.” 

He stated that acting as a person with hearing loss was “quite a dynamic, interesting….sometimes an obstacle, sometimes an asset not being able to hear.”

His status as the ideal family man made his appearance heart-wrenching, and his condition will be a plus in the movies he features in.

For those who thought the allusions to his problem in the series’ first episodes were modest, Hawkeye’s third episode shows that it will be a part of his identity.

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His Performance in Hawkeye is Thrilling

As the episode introduces Echo, also known as Maya Lopez, a character who also has a hearing disability, it shows the distinction between her and Clint, especially when they meet.

The two fight in an epic battle though Maya, who has been deaf since birth, communicates using sign language, whereas Clint, who is still struggling with the condition, still has difficulties adapting.

Maya suggests that Clint would be better off without the hearing aids, and while they fight, she knocks them off his ear and destroys them. Clint escapes alongside Kate though he is compelled to work in his condition since he is without hearing aids.

It helps when characters infuse their true self in their roles, and Renner is no different in Hawkeye. Since he had a problem hearing and the movie touched on how his character managed the situation, the actor felt rejuvenated.

The scene where he answered the phone and Nathaniel, his son, was on the line can be considered the most convincing work he did in the series; how he reacted while Kate Bishop relayed what the son was saying seemed real. Their performance was outstanding.