Jeremy Renner is just one of many Hollywood celebrities who knew Chris Cornell personally. The Hurt Locker alumni opened up in a new interview with Howard Stern to talk about his relationship with the deceased singer as well as the new movie, Wind River.
According to the actor, one of his biggest influences was Chris Cornell, who had a legendary status and voice, to say the least.
Renner said he was happy to have met him while he was alive.
When talking about the Soundgarden frontman, he said, “he is amazing. I knew him through friends – Brolin, Andrew Michael Cooper, through friends of mine I’ve known for a bit.”
When asked if the pair ever hung out together and partied, he explained, “I was just glad to have any experience with Chris.”
"I keep waking up in the middle of the night and remember, fresh again, that you are gone. An absence grows in my stomach and slowly turns circles like a far off galaxy on a grainy tv. The same questions follow and my heart races…searching for reasons and what ifs.. I'm so selfishly sad that I'll never get to see you again, never play with you again, never feel the bask of your approval or be part of your life. Fuck…. We all miss you so much…it was always a given in my mind we would all spend more time together when we got older, we would play more music and love and be loved like we dreamed…this was your time and you shared it with us…thank you. You were too much… Your talent was jaw dropping…your songs, lyrics, your voice…how could you have all 3… And then, the not so obvious…your wicked sense of humor and your playfulness… all of us are heartsick and we will never get over losing you. We hope you're in peace and that your particles are mutating and transforming in harmony with nature. We wish your family our utmost condolences and sympathies. We love you Chris, Happy Birthday" Words by: Stone Gossard
Although Renner has experience with guitar, piano, and the drums, the actor said he would never attempt to play with Cornell because he would be outmatched.
He said, “I would’ve freaked out. He was one of the reasons why I never wanted to be a singer because that voice that he had was…I almost hate that guy.”
While attending Cornell’s funeral, Renner mentioned that he ran into Chester Bennington from Linkin Park who was found dead on the 20th of July.
Coincidentally, they died of the same cause, and Bennington passed away on what would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
According to the actor, coping with death is done through learning from them. He said, “you just kind of get saddened by stuff like that. And try to learn and grow from those experiences.”
As was mentioned in another CI article, Cornell and Bennington are now a part of a long list of tragic passings of famed artists from the 1990’s and 2000’s. The list includes Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Scott Weiland, Shannon Hoon, Bradley Nowell, and Chester Bennington.