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What Jeremy Renner yelled right before being run over by snowplow

The actor sat down and spoke for the first time about the January 1 accident that nearly cost him his life.

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The actor sat down and spoke for the first time about the January 1 accident that nearly cost him his life.
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Jeremy Renner gave his first interview since suffering life-threatening injuries in a January snowplow accident on Thursday night.

The ‘Avengers’ star suffered blunt chest trauma and other injuries while being hit and run over by his snowplow while trying to stop his snow-removal tractor from sliding into his nephew on New Year’s Day ,according to an incident report from the Nevada’s sheriff office.

The accident left him with over 30 broken bones, with the 52-year-old regularly posting updates about his recovery on social media since the incident.

Renner on what happened, and what he yelled while being run over

Renner spoke with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on Thursday night and explained how the January 1 incident took place.

The actor explained that that he was run over by the over 14,000 pound Sno-Cat when trying to jump back in the vehicle.

While he and his nephew, Alex, were trying to tow a Ford Raptor out of the snow, Alex undid the chain connecting the two vehicles after successfully getting out of the snow.

That’s when the plow began to slide, and Renner stuck his foot out of the plow to look back at his nephew.

Having failed to set the parking brake, that’s when he lost his footing and fell out of the vehicle.

“I just happened to be the dummy standing on the dang track a little bit, seeing if my nephew was there,” said Renner.

“You shouldn’t be outside the vehicle when you’re operating it, you know what I mean?

“It’s like driving a car with one foot out of the car. But it is what it was. And it’s my mistake, and I paid for it.”

Renner added what he said when he was run over: “That’s when I screamed, by the way, when I went under the thing, ‘Not today, motherf***er!’ is what I screamed. Sorry for the language.”

Renner says he was awake for the entire thing

Renner said that remembers all of the pain because he was awake for the entire thing.

“I was awake through every moment. It’s exactly what you would imagine it would feel like,” he told Sawyer.

“It is hard to imagine what that feels like, but when you look at the machine and you look at — I was on asphalt and ice. I wish I was on snow.

“It felt like someone took the wind out of you. Too many things are going on in the body to feel pain, it’s everything. It’s like if your soul could have pain.”

His injuries were so severe that he wrote a goodbye note to his family while in hospital.

“I’m writing down notes in my phone to — last words to my family,” Renner said while crying. “Don’t let me live on tubes on a machine, if my existence is going to be on drugs and painkillers, let me go now.”

While Renner continues his recovery, he made it clear he has no issues with no longer doing his own stunts.

“I’m okay with a stunt guy doing it at this point. I’m 52, it’s fine, I’ve done enough,” Renner added.

“I’m okay to do more, right? But I have no ego, like go for it, I don’t care. I’ll be in my trailer.”